UPennAlert

Attempted Theft

Update: All clear in the area of 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Police and Security are patrolling the area. You may resume normal activity. UPennAlert: Attempted theft in the 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Police on scene, use caution, avoid the area.

Penn Police responded to a report of an attempted theft in the 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Upon arrival, the complainant stated they were approached by the suspect who asked for her to give him her property. The suspect then fled south on 42nd Street towards Sansom Street. No physical injuries were reported by the complainant.

Update: All clear in the area of 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Police and Security are patrolling the area. You may resume normal activity.

UPennAlert: Attempted theft in the 4200 block of Chestnut Street. Police on scene, use caution, avoid the area.

Suspect is described as a dark complected Black male, tall, thin build, in his 30s, wearing all dark clothing.

Last seen heading south on 42nd Street near Sansom Street.

Police responding, use caution, avoid the area.

Additional police and security officers are in the area.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking and Riding Escorts available to you free of charge.

Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian System which can help Police better find your location in an emergency.

UPennAlert Registration: Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register.

Penn Guardian: Visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian/ for information on the PennGuardian system.

Contact Information: Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)

Special Services: 215/898-6600

Escort Services: Walking 215/898-WALK (9255)

Penn Transit Ride Service 215/898-RIDE (7433)

General Information: 215/898-7297

Emergencies 215-573-3333 / 511 (campus phone)
General Information 215-898-7297
Special Services 215-898-4481 (215-898-6600 off-hours)
HELP Line 215-898-HELP (4357)
DPS Headquarters 4040 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Walking Escort 215-898-WALK (9255)
Penn Transit Ride 215-898-RIDE (7433)

The Division of Public Safety will continue to ensure the highest level of safety and security for our community.

Please be sure to use the Walking Escort and Riding services available to you free of charge. Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to update your cellphone information for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian App which can help Police better find your location when you call in an emergency.

06/18/2022

Appointment of Kathleen Shields Anderson as Vice President for Public Safety

Kathleen Shields Anderson, JD, MBA, has been appointed Vice President for Public Safety at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kathleen joined Penn in 2012 as Executive Director of Operations and Chief of Staff. In this position, she was responsible for, among other priorities, supporting the Vice President in the management of seven departments; acting as Public Information Officer for the Penn Police Department; serving as liaison with other Penn offices and divisions; and overseeing compliance with federal, state, and local crime reporting data and policy requirements under Clery, Title IX and the Uniform Crime Reporting Act.

Prior to joining Penn, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. In this role, she was part of a team that designed and implemented new “charging protocols,” including the creation of arrest diversion programs and review of appropriate charging levels for criminal prosecutions. Kathleen earned her B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross; her J.D. from Villanova University Charles Widner School of Law; and her M.B.A. from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

Senior Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli stated in his announcement, “I am delighted to share that Kathleen Shields Anderson has been appointed as Penn’s Vice President for Public Safety (VPPS) following a national search.  In a very strong and competitive pool, Kathleen clearly emerged as the right leader for Penn’s Division of Public Safety. Kathleen’s appointment represents the first non-sworn leader of the Division of Public Safety since its formation in the mid-1990s….Kathleen is a strong collaborator across Penn, and she looks forward to deeper relationships there and across the Health System.  One of her first priorities will be to commence the search for the University’s Chief of Police.”

About the role of Vice President for Public Safety:

In support of a positive campus experience for Penn’s diverse and learning-focused community, the VPPS ensures an inclusive educational and working environment that fosters collaborative relationships with students, faculty, and staff. The VPPS also provides comprehensive vision, strategic leadership, and effective management for the following: fire and emergency services; the Penn Police Department; PennComm and emergency communications; security services; security technology; special services; and finance and administration. Furthermore, the VPPS focuses on implementing best practices in their field; prioritizing prevention and community caretaking; utilizing procedural justice initiatives to ensure organizational impartiality, transparency, fairness, respect, and dignity; and serving as the University’s representative with external law enforcement agencies, neighborhood security associations, and other external entities on public safety and emergency response issues.

 

Photo credit: Eric Sucar, University Communications