April 20, 2004
Dr. Dennis Culhane
Public Safety Advisory Board
Ad Hoc Committee on Racial
3535 Market Street, Suite 3015
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Thank you for your thorough
report on University policies, procedures, and practices
concerning racial profiling. I greatly appreciate the
immense amount of time and effort you and the members
of the ad hoc committee spent working on this important
Racial profiling is a matter
of serious concern for our community, the city, and the
country. I asked the ad hoc committee to take on this
task because I believe that it is critical that we, as
a community, continue to address concerns about public
safety and race, openly and forthrightly, to ensure that
all members of our community feel safe.
As your committee's report
reflects, these issues are both sensitive and complex.
I appreciate your committee's thoughtful process in reviewing
and analyzing the relevant materials. Your careful consideration
of policies, procedures, and practices at Penn have provided
us with useful recommendations that, I am sure, will
help to improve our performance in this area and will
result in a stronger and safer Penn community.
Some of the issues you raise,
as your report makes clear, can be informed by additional
data. These data will help us develop measures to assist
us as we continue to address concerns identified in the
report. Other issues relate to practices and effective
implementation of policies by the Department of Public
Safety, which Public Safety will take the lead in addressing.
Finally, some of the recommendations concern training
for increased awareness by all members of our diverse
community. I hope that the Committee on Pluralism will
work with us on this issue.
I have spoken with Maureen
Rush, Vice President for Public Safety, and she shares
my view that the report is both thoughtful and constructive.
I have asked her to develop processes to ensure the implementation
of the recommendations offered.
I am releasing
the report in its entirety to the Penn community. Again,
thanks to you and your committee for your service.