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Penn Ranked #1 In Safety & Security for 5th Year in a Row

The University of Pennsylvania ranked #1 in safety and security in the higher education sector, according to Security magazine’s “Security 500” list. This is the fifth consecutive year that Penn has taken the magazine’s top honors in their respective vertical market.

The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey tracked 19 vertical markets collecting unique data which included metrics based on security spending, organization size and geographical coverage. The survey received its information from data supplied directly by national universities and colleges, as well as data obtained through public resources and records.

Security magazine states that the “purpose of the Security 500 is to create a reliable database to measure your organization vs. others and create a benchmarking program among security organizations. The results will enable you to answer the question, ‘Where Do I Stand?’ as a basis of an ongoing peer review process.”

“This status would not be possible without the strong support of President Amy Gutmann and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli and their recognition of the importance of safety and security for our community’s vitality,” said Maureen S. Rush, the Vice President for Public Safety. “For five years in a row, we’ve ranked #1 because we continually strive for eminence.” 

Penn’s Division of Public Safety has six departments, including the University of Pennsylvania Police Department, Fire & Emergency Services, Technology & Emergency Communication, Security Services and Special Services. The Division is comprised of 176 personnel, 116 of which are sworn University of Pennsylvania Police Officers. The dedicated women and men of DPS are responsible for enhancing the quality of life, safety and security of the Penn community.