Penn DPS #1 in Security 500 for 13th Consecutive Year!
Security Magazine’s Security 500 has chosen the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety as the #1 Public Safety program in the Higher Education Sector for the 13th year in a row! Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety & Superintendent of Penn Police announced the award, stating, “as always, we accept this honoring, recognizing that “it takes a village” that includes our entire Public Safety TEAM and all of our partners from Penn Medicine and University City District, as well as Allied Universal, JCI, and others.”
The partnership between Penn and the Philadelphia Fire Department is highlighted as a special accomplishment. This public-private partnership launched the Alternative Response Unit (ARU-1) on Penn’s campus to assist students with non-traumatic injuries — from sprained ankles to intoxication and other medical conditions. The alternative unit is a marked SUV staffed by a paramedic lieutenant and an emergency medical technician.
The purpose of the Security 500 is to create a reliable database to measure against peer institutions and create a benchmarking program among security organizations.