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Civil Unrest


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.


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 Ranked #1 in Safety and Security for 7th 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 seventh consecutive year that Penn has taken the magazine’s top honors in their respective vertical market.

The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey tracked 17 vertical markets and collected unique data where appropriate (such as patients in healthcare) and applied this data to key metrics. The key metrics collected this year include: Security Spending/Person, Security Spending/Revenue, Security Officers/Employee, and Security Officers/Facility. 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 versus 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.”

“It is no surprise that Penn has a consistently top notch program,“ said Mark McCourt of Security Magazine. “They are successful, in large part, because [they] understand the credibility, relationship and language issues in an executive setting. He continued, “the team is well trained and ex

ecutes in a manner that enhances Penn’s brand while ably managing risk and resilience issues.”

“We are honored to be recognized for the 7th year in a row by Security Magazine, as the #1 Public Safety organization in the country within the University Market. The ongoing support of our President Amy Gutmann, Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, Provost Vince Price, and the dedication of the women and men of the Division of Public Safety and Penn Medicine Security keep us at the top of our field,” said Maureen S. Rush, the Vice President for Public Safety.

Penn’s Division of Public Safety has seven departments, which are responsible for enhancing the quality of life, safety and security of the Penn community. The University of Pennsylvania Police Department and Security Services provide a visible presence in the Penn Patrol Zone. They are supported by our Security Technology Department and PennComm Communications Center, providing extra eyes on the street. Fire & Emergency Services and Special Services work to protect, inform and support the members of our community. The Division is comprised of 176 personnel, 116 of which are sworn University of Pennsylvania Police Officers. 


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