New Public Safety Institute

The Division of Public Safety is accepting applications for the new Penn Public Safety Institute (PPSI), a 12-week course designed to introduce the University community to Penn's public safety services and programs. The course, available to Penn students, faculty, staff and neighbors, is limited to 20 participants. The 12 two-hour sessions are scheduled to begin on January 19 and will be conducted by members of the Division. Topics include criminal justice system; security technology; fire and occupational safety; firearms safety; victim support; and domestic violence. Participants will be offered the opportunity to ride with Penn police on patrol. The course will be offered again later in the year.

"We believe the Institute will enable the members of the University community to develop a greater familiarity with the wide range of programs and services that our department offers," said Thomas Seamon, vice president for Public Safety. "By learning more about what we offer, and getting to know some of the men and women who serve our community, we expect that people will be better able to use our services."

The PPSI is modeled on citizen police academies offered at police departments throughout the nation. Penn is unique in that additional services--such as fire and occupational safety, and security technologies--are also included.

Applications may be obtained on-line at www.upenn.edu/police/institute.htm or by calling the Penn Police at (215) 898-9003.

HIV Test Site: Holiday Schedule

The Winter Break schedule of the campus Anonymous HIV Test Site is the following:

Closed Wed. Dec. 22 and Dec. 29

Located at 3900 Chestnut in Penn's Treatment Research Center, it will be open all other Wednesdays in December and January, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are preferred: call (215) 563-0658 and please specify that you wish to be tested at the Penn campus testing site.

Questions may be directed to Kurt Conklin, at conklin@pobox.upenn.edu or (215) 573-3525.

Winter Break Safety: Special Checks of Residences

In order to reduce the opportunity for crime (i.e., criminal mischief, burglaries, etc.), the Division of Public Safety is again offering to conduct Special Checks of Residential Properties during the following timeframe: Midnight Thursday, December 23 to 7 a.m. Monday, January 17. Students, faculty and staff who live within the following geographical boundaries-Schuylkill River to 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue to Market Street-may participate.

You need to complete and return an application prior to vacating the premise. Applications may be picked up at at the Penn Police Headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street or on the web. Check the Public Safety website at www.upenn.edu/police for complete instructions and security tips.

 Almanac will be back...

The next issue is January 11, 2000. No issues will appear December 21, 28 or January 4, but staff will be on duty to assist contributors and to update Almanac Between Issues at our website, www.upenn.edu/almanac.

Correction: IT Advisory Board

The announcement of the new IT Advisory Board last week should have made clear that it has been convened jointly by the Provost and the Executive Vice President and will address issues across the whole range of University activities. With the departure of Finance VP Kathryn Engebretson, Business Services VP Lee Nunery will join the group. Two additional committee members have also been named, Donna Milici, Director of Planning in ISC and Daniel Rudoy, SCUE. For further information: www.upenn.edu/computing/restruct/itadvisory.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 15, December 14, 1999

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