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ABLE logo image by Georgetown Law
Feb 24 2021
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department has been accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national t
Photo of the newly promoted members of the UPPD.
Jan 12 2021
The Division of Public Safety is pleased to announce several UPPD officers have received promotions and reassignments effective January 1st. They were sworn in by Superintendent Ma
Officer Wesley and K9 Officer Uman
Dec 1 2020
The Division of Public Safety is pleased to announce the newest member of the UPPD K9 Unit, K9 Officer Uman. Maureen S. Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of
Oct 26 2020
Special Virtual Sessions have been added for the fall semester. These sessions will cover many of the same topics and moves of our in-person classes only without the physical conta
Oct 6 2020
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department’s goal is to improve the quality of services provided, to promote a high level of public confidence, and to enhance and maintain
Sep 9 2020
Don’t Come Home to an Empty Package! The Division of Public Safety advises that you arrange to be home for delivery or have your packages delivered to a secure location. •
K9 Officer Socks, a yellow Labrador Retriever
Jul 28 2020
It is with heavy hearts that we share with you the passing of our beloved Socks. Socks passed away peacefully on July 20, 2020 at Penn Vet Ryan Hospital surrounded by the love of P
CALEA Assessors pose with VP Rush and Command staff of the UPPD
Mar 25 2020
Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police, Maureen S. Rush, announced today that the University of Pennsylvania Police Department has received CALEA re-acc
SPecial Property Checks-Register Now, image of a house, DPS logo
Mar 11 2020
SPECIAL PROPERTY CHECK PROGRAM – REGISTER BELOW! DPS will actively monitor your residence if you will be away.  The program is available without charge to residents in the P
Green houses in background, with text
Feb 18 2020
Under the special checks program, DPS officers check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal activity or security breaches at peak travel times during Thanksgi
RAD Poster with spring semester dates and times. Also on the website, or call 215-898-4481.
Jan 2 2020
The Department of Special Services within the Division of Public Safety offers free-of-charge self-defense classes to ALL Penn affiliates. These self-defense trainings empower indi
Special Property Checks for winter break! register now!
Dec 3 2019
We encourage you to make use of this FREE service to the community! Under the special checks program, DPS officers check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal
DPS Open House
Sep 27 2019
The Division of Public Safety invites you to visit our home! DPS OPEN HOUSE Tuesday, October 8th 4040 Chestnut Street 1:00 to 4:00pm Your Division of Public Safety wants to meet
sky-high view of the Penn Campus looking east toward Center City Philadelphia
Aug 14 2019
Welcome to Penn! Move-in is an exciting time. We are prepared once you get on campus, but getting here can be challenging. We have provided the information below to make sure you a
Looking at Chestnut Street Bridge facing east
Jul 15 2019
PennDOT has notified the University of Pennsylvania that the Chestnut Street Bridge will close for renovation on Monday, August 5, 2019.  The bridge will be closed to ALL TRAFFIC,
Apr 22 2019
TIPS FOR SAFE RIDE SHARING: Please review the following rider safety tips and remember to always trust your instincts. From the ride sharing app UBER, these tips are also helpful w
Pal day at the Penn Ice Rink
Apr 12 2019
The Penn Ice Rink hosted over 200 area youth for an afternoon of skating and pizza at the Penn Ice Rink/Class of 1923 Area on Thursday, April 11th.  The University of Pennsylvania
Spring Forward
Mar 9 2019
Daylight Saving Time officially begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, meaning everyone will need to set their clocks one hour ahead. Take this time to test the batteries in your sm
Feb 26 2019
Under the special checks program, DPS officers check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal activity or security breaches at peak travel times during Thanksgiv
PAL Holiday Party attendees pose with Santa
Dec 10 2018
Three PAL Centers met on the University of Pennsylvania campus in the Hutchinson Gymnasium to celebrate the holidays. Nearly 100 children welcomed in the holidays alongside friends
Dec 6 2018
Under the special checks program, DPS officers check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal activity or security breaches at peak travel times during Thanksgiv
commendation ceremony
Dec 3 2018
On Thursday, November 29th, the Division of Public Safety held the Fall DPS Commendation Ceremony. The ceremony honors the members of Penn’s Division of Public Safety, our sa
Nov 8 2018
Statement from Maureen S. Rush, M.S., CPP, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police: “Security Magazine’s Security 500 has chosen Penn as the
Oct 23 2018
As part of an effort to reduce the number of abandoned bicycles on campus, Public Safety collects and donates unwanted bikes to non-profit groups. This year’s donations were
Sep 26 2018
Please join us! All are welcome for the  Division of Public Safety OPEN HOUSE Thursday, October 11th, 2018 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at DPS HQ, 4040 Chestnut Street Meet the member
May 29 2018
Congratulations to Officer Nickol Taylor of the University of Pennsylvania Police Department and Officer Asa Hall of Philadelphia Police (18th District) on your recognition at th
Kp Officer Socks
May 1 2018
The Members of Public Safety enjoyed hosting an interactive tour of our headquarters for the annual Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Members of DPS described their roles du
Apr 17 2018
This weekend, the Penn student-operated Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) responded to its 5,000th emergency call as a service. That’s 5,000 times since their inception
Apr 13 2018
DPS and Penn’s Division of Business Services hosted over 200 area youth for an afternoon of skating and pizza at the Penn Ice Rink/Class of 1923 Area on Thursday, April 12th. Vol
Feb 26 2018
Under the special checks program, DPS officers check the exterior of registered properties for signs of criminal activity or security breaches at peak travel times during Thanksgiv
Jan 8 2018
The Division of Public Safety, in conjunction with the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, offers FREE self defense training to all affiliates. Visit the Special Services page t
Nov 13 2017
Penn’s Division of Public Safety (DPS) is a proud supporter of the annual Unified Torch Run. The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Pennsylvania unites off
Sep 29 2017
Please join us! Division of Public Safety OPEN HOUSE Thursday, October 12, 2017 1:00pm to 4:00pm 4040 Chestnut Street   Meet the members of Penn’s Public Safety department, lear
Sep 21 2017
The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the University of Pennsylvania has been published for the year 2017. The report covers information for the years 2016, 2015, and 201
Aug 25 2017
One Thursday, August 24th, the Division of Public Safety welcomed the Class of 2021 during NSO with the Safe Living presentation. DPS personnel and student leaders presented to all
May 24 2017
DPS officers were joined by cycling enthusiasts from across Philadelphia to celebrate the joys of cycling and to raise awareness of bikes on the road by participating in Bike to Wo
May 11 2017
Join cycling enthusiasts from across Philadelphia celebrate the joys of cycling and raise awareness of bikes on the road by participating in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 19. Fr
Apr 10 2017
On, Wednesday, April 5th, at the Smilow Center for Translational Research, DPS held our Spring Commendation Ceremony.  The Division of Public Safety, in collaboration with the Und
Apr 6 2017
On Tuesday, April 4th, DPS and Penn’s Division of Business Services hosted over 200 area youth for an afternoon of skating and pizza at the Penn Ice Rink/Class of 1923 Area.
Mar 16 2017
University of Pennsylvania Police Officer Ed Miller was honored at the 19th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Awards presented by ASIS International, Philadelphia Chapter on Ma
Mar 13 2017
Penn Guardian is a free app that is available to all Penn community members. It was developed by the University’s safety partner Rave Guardian, a service utilized on college ca
Feb 20 2017
On Monday, February 20, 2017, the University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety and Penn Athletics hosted kids and teens from the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia duri
Jan 20 2017
As a part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change, please join us for a panel discussion on the differences betwe
Jan 6 2017
The HELP Line (215) 898-HELP –  The HELP Line is a 24-hour-a-day phone number for members of the Penn community who are seeking time sensitive help in navigating Penn’s r
Dec 12 2016
The Division of Public Safety, in collaboration with the Undergraduate Assembly and the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, offers the Public Safety Walk-Back Program durin
Dec 8 2016
On December 6th, Penn student volunteers joined with kids from the Tucker PAL Center to serve refreshments, lead activities, and distribute gifts to celebrate the holiday season. 
Sep 17 2016
Late Friday night a Philadelphia Police Officer, Sgt. Sylvia Young, was ambushed about a mile from the Penn campus at 52nd and Sansom while sitting in her patrol car. Following cal
Aug 29 2016
On Friday, August 26, the incoming class of 2020 attended “Safe Living” presented by Public Safety, student leaders, and members of the Penn community. The presentatio
Jul 8 2016
We are saddened by the events that occurred in Dallas, TX. Chief Rush and all members of the Penn Police Department send our sympathy to the families of the fallen officers and to
May 23 2016
Members of DPS enjoyed a bike ride on a beautiful morning this Friday, May 20th for Bike to Work Day at Penn.  We met with area law enforcement, security, area commuters and res
May 13 2016
Join us as we ride with our community, police and security partners including UPPD, University City District, Philadelphia Police, and AlliedBarton Security on Friday, May 20th
Apr 29 2016
The annual Take of Daughters and Sons to Work Day at Penn included for some, a two-hour visit at the DPS headquarters. The children visited with University of Pennsylvania Police O
Apr 27 2016
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Penn Police officers participated in the annual Lea School Book Choosing Program. Approximately 50 first grade students participated in this event. 
Apr 4 2016
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department has been awarded ADVANCED Reaccreditation at the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) Confe
Mar 24 2016
On Tuesday, March 22nd, Penn hosted the annual PAL Day at the Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena.  The University of Pennsylvania Divisions of Business Services and Public S
Mar 18 2016
Police Officer Joseph McDermott and Detective Paul Sawicki were honored during the 18th Annual ASIS International Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. This annual event, hosted by t
Nov 2 2015
The University of Pennsylvania Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to retain its accredited status with the Commission on Accreditation fo
Oct 23 2015
Maureen S. Rush, M.S., CPP, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police, was recently honored by Security Magazine as one of the “Most Influential People
Sep 30 2015
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. and Groupon Provide Ultimate Protection for University of Pennsylvania Police K9 Zzisa. The University of Pennsylvania Police Department K9 Zzisa has b
Aug 28 2015
Incoming Penn Freshman shared 90 minutes with the men and women of DPS, along with student representatives from the UA and MERT, for a Safe Living presentation at Irvine Auditorium
Jun 11 2015
On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 the 1st Annual PAL “Positive Attitude Ladies” Pageant was held at the Harold Prince Theatre in the Annenberg Center at the University of Pennsy
May 15 2015
  Member of the University of Pennsylvania community, Penn Police, and Philadelphia Police participated in today’s Bike to Work event. Stations are set throughout the
Apr 27 2015
Penn’s MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team) held a first-aid festival on Friday, April 24th to cap a fun and successful week of first-aid events. The festival, sponsored b
Apr 7 2015
The biannual DPS Commendation Ceremony featured special guest Mayor Michael Nutter, who presented Penn with the City’s inaugural Hero of Philadelphia Award. Penn’s Executive
Mar 4 2015
Socks, Canine Officer for the University of Pennsylvania Police Department, has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide Groupon event that has raised over $335,000.00.
Feb 18 2015
The University of Pennsylvania and the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (Philly PAL) hosted the annual PAL Day at the Palestra on Monday, February 16, 2015. This is a one day
Jan 7 2015
On January 9th, 2015, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of th
Dec 3 2014
A Message to the Penn Community  Announcing  the Launch of the HELP Line From Amy Gutmann, President / Vincent Price, Provost / Craig Carnaroli, Executive Vice President We are p
Aug 1 2014
The Division of Public Safety is proud of the standard of excellence it provides our community. Twice a year the Division of Public Safety’s Commendation and Swearing in Ceremony
Jul 22 2014
On Thursday, May 8th, the first annual Penn Bike To Work Ride took place. The half-hour ride, which started at 8:00 am, began and concluded at Penn Park. There were approximately 2
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