UPennAlert Public Safety Notice  

Civil Unrest

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UPennAlert Public Safety Notice

Civil Unrest

At approximately 8:47 pm on Monday, October 26th, a large group of approximately 150 protestors gathered at 52nd & Locust Streets, and marched through West Philadelphia. At approximately 9:15 pm, approximately 50 individuals broke off from that group and marched to 40th and Chestnut Streets, breaking windows of businesses and vehicles in the area. The group then left the area, heading west on Walnut Street, out of the Penn Patrol Zone.

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Penn Police continue to monitor the activity in conjunction with Philadelphia Police. Penn Police and Allied have increased patrols in the area.

Update 9:56pm: All clear in the west side of the patrol zone. Police and security officers will continue to patrol the area.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 44th Street.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 41st Street.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street towards 40th Street.

Update: Last seen heading southbound on 39th at Walnut Street.

Civil unrest in the area of 4000 block of Sansom Street.  There are approximately 50 protestors last seen heading eastbound on Chestnut from 39th Street. Police responding, use caution, avoid area.

Additional police and security officers are in the area. For your safety, please ensure you lock your windows and doors.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to provide special checks throughout the Penn patrol zone, to register or learn more, visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/contact/propertycheck/

Please be sure to use the Walking Escorts 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)

Help Line: 215-898-HELP (4357)

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

  • Posted on October 26, 2020 at 9:25PM
  • Last updated

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Penn Police Officers Go Above and Beyond for a Young Patient at Children’s Hospital

University of Pennsylvania police officers Ryan James and Gary Cooper were confronted with a difficult case recently. Arianna Mae Lewis, a  21-month-old cancer patient undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, had her donated iPad stolen. She used the iPad during her long treatment sessions, and it allowed her the ability to view her family and pets from afar. After meeting with her family and filing the theft report, the officers returned to the hospital to visit with Arianna, and to give her James’ personal iPad.

Arianna’s mother, Katrina Knott took to social media to thank the officers for their kindness. The officers were humbled by her words and feel they have Arianna to thank. We are very proud of the actions of our officers, they exemplify the attitude of the entire Division of Public Safety.

Click here to watch a video covering the story on 6 ABC. 

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