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.

07/22/2021

University of Pennsylvania’s PAL Police Officer Cassandra Parks-DeVaughn to Retire

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania Police for many years to support the local community, most recently working together to welcome youths to the Tucker PAL center located in the 4000 block of Ludlow Street. Penn Police provides a dedicated officer, Cassandra Parks-DeVaughn, to manage the center. For over 18 years, Officer Parks-DeVaughn has worked with PAL participants to encourage, support, and guide their development.

Officer Parks-DeVaughn describes her early years at PAL as an exciting yet challenging time. “It took some time for the youths to warm up and trust a police officer. It took commitment, showing dependability, being open minded, patient and truly caring,” Parks-DeVaughn said. “Once they realized I really care, the center became a family.”

Officer Parks-DeVaughn has initiated and managed many enrichment programs at Tucker PAL.  She assisted in creating the Positive Attitude Ladies program which Officer Parks-DeVaughn describes as, “a young ladies’ sisterhood where one shares life experience and gains resources to live in a positive world.” She founded the Positive Image Pageant, which consists of various components such as talent, interviews, dance routine, expression through art, and formal wear provided by PAL and Penn’s Division of Public Safety. The Healthy Eats program teaches participants how to make good nutritional choices and cooking skills. Additional programs offered at the center include SAT Prep, Summer Golf Program and art classes.

Officer Parks-DeVaughn may be best known for managing a fun and impactful Cheer Program. The PA Competition Cheer/Dance Team performs at numerous PAL events and competes in Cheer/Dance competitions within the city and surrounding area. The participants are also nurtured academically, through homework assistance, tutoring, and computer programs to make sure they have resources to achieve success.

“We are proud to support and partner with Philly PAL,” stated Maureen S. Rush, M.S., CPP, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police. “The Tucker PAL center has thrived under the direction of Penn Police Officer Cassandra Parks-DeVaughn. She is a great example of our mission to support the community and youth of Philadelphia. My thanks to Cassandra for her years of dedication, warm wishes for a happy and healthy future.”

Police Officer Cassandra Parks-DeVaughn smiling with three PAL Cheer team participants. "Carefree. Joyful. Safe."