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
Through a partnership with Penn Medicine and the State of Pennsylvania, Penn Police will take back unused prescription drugs, in the newly installed Take-Back Box, the only of its kind in University City.
The Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is focused on alleviating the health and safety concerns from the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs by helping our citizens properly dispose of unused prescription medications. Many young people who abuse prescription drugs take them from medicine cabinets. Keeping unused opioids or other common drugs of abuse in a medicine cabinet is no longer safe or responsible.
Prescription drug misuse, abuse and overdose are growing concerns across the nation. According to a 2015 survey in Pennsylvania, 41.0% of prescription-drug-using students indicated taking the drugs from a family member living in their home, 41.8% indicated that a friend or family member gave them to the student, 26.9% indicated that they bought them from someone, 14.1% indicated they took them from someone not related to them, and 12.9% indicated they took them from relatives who were not living in their home. (PA Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs)
Penn Police and the Penn Health System are joining in the nation-wide effort to combat the opioid crisis.