President of Public Safety Maureen Rush presented this update at
the October 17 University Council meeting.
and Security Update
I would like
to thank Council for this opportunity to provide a safety and security
past year the Division of Public Safety has worked diligently to
accomplish the goals set forth by the University's Agenda for
this presentation I hope to share with you our accomplishments and
projects that are in progress, as well as future goals.
I would like to highlight some key accomplishments of FY01:
Police Department achieved National Accreditation through the Commission
on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), thus becoming
the first University Police Department and one of only nine Law
Enforcement Agencies in the state of Pennsylvania to attain this
certification. Out of 508 Law Enforcement agencies in the United
States, only 29 Campus Law Enforcement agencies are certified.
20, 2001, Philadelphia Police Commissioner John Timoney and
I finalized our Memorandum of Understanding relating to our
Arrest Protocol agreement. This allows the Penn Police Detectives
to take the lead in all investigations within the UPPD patrol boundaries,
which are 30th Street to 43rd, Market to Baltimore.
with Facilities Services, the Fire and Emergency Services Department
within the Division of Public Safety continues to oversee the design
and installation of fire Sprinklers in all on-campus residences.
Over the summer, Sprinkler systems were installed at the Class of
25, Dubois, and Van Pelt. This work will continue for the next three
to four years in order to retrofit all Penn Residences.
9, 2001 Penn hosted the PFD's City-Wide Fire Drill on Penn's campus.
This was the first time in the history of this event that this exercise
was held at an institution. Historically, this drill has taken place
in residential properties. We owe a great deal of thanks to the
office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the brothers of Kappa
Sigma and Phi Delta Theta who helped to simulate an actual
fire, including smoke and the stress of exiting a fully engulfed
structure. This exercise demonstrates the need for Fire Drills to
be taken seriously, not just for fire evacuation, but also for any
emergency requiring the immediate and prompt evacuation of a University
FY01 the Fire Safety unit conducted over 300 Fire Drills and 275
Safety workshops across campus and off campus UCA residences. The
Division of Public Safety, working with the Penn community, intends
to make fire safety and building evacuations a major initiative
throughout the upcoming year.
we piloted a merger between the Division of Public Safety Allied-Spectaguard
Walking Patrol program and the University City District (UCD) Safety
Ambassador program. This merger was analyzed over the past year
and was found to be very effective. Some of the benefits include:
- An expanded
Walking Patrol Program, now known as UC Walk. It extends the hours
of operations from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m .to 8 a.m. to 3 a.m., 7 days
a week and expands the original boundaries to include the UCD
footprint of 30th to 43rd, SpringGarden St to Woodland. In FY
01 UC WALK provided 940 Walking Escorts.
- We were
also able to extend the hours and expand the territory of our
Motorist Assistance program. 1,059 motorists were assisted in
FY01, for problems associated with vehicle lockouts, dead batteries,
flat tires and other vehicle problems.
the merger we were able to increase the visibility of the security
officers. All of the security officers wear the distinctive yellow
UCD Jackets. Now security on and off campus has an easily recognizable
branding. Furthermore, we were able to extend the walking and bicycle
patrol boundaries beyond the Penn Police patrol boundaries by six
blocks to the west, thus covering the ever-expanding areas where
faculty, staff and students live.
with Facilities Services we revamped the Security Technology Project
Management Process. The new protocol has provided a one stop shopping
approach for schools and centers desiring to add security technology
to their buildings.
and Safety Education
to providing visible police and security patrols, the DPS safety
and security strategy has always included a robust Safety Education
component. Over the past year our safety and security message was
delivered through the following programs:
The New Safety and Security at Penn Video
help of the U.A. and GAPSA, as well as faculty and staff of the
University, we produced the new Safety and Security at Penn video.
This video is being used to illustrate to first year students and
new staff proven measures that will enhance their safety. Additionally,
this video was also distributed in the CD ROM format and given to
every 1st year undergraduate and graduate student. The video can
also be viewed on the DPS Web Site www.upenn.edu/police.
Presentations And Workshops:
the Division of Public Safety's Special Services unit conducted
over 91 Safety presentations, 10 Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) workshops,
118 student options counseling sessions and 110-court accompaniment.
Webpage is in the Process of being Revamped:
interactive DPS webpage is currently being developed. We intend
to include the web page as a tool in communicating general information
about the Division of Public Safety, as well as a method of delivering
critical, time-sensitive safety and security information. We consider
the web to be an excellent tool for communicating with new students,
faculty and staff.
of Public Safety welcomes the involvement of the Penn Community.
To that end the Division is involved with the following Penn committees
the 2000-2001 academic year, the University Council's Safety and
Security Committee offered the DPS wise counsel in several areas.
As a result, the UPPD's complaints against police process was refined.
Information regarding this process is posted on the Division's web
page and complaint forms are now available at all University Resource
Centers. Additionally, a "business card" program was developed which
provides complainants key Division of Public Safety phone numbers,
the incident control number for an investigation, and the name of
the officer who assisted the community member. We believe that both
of these initiatives will assist us in achieving our goal of enhancing
communication between the Penn Police and the Community that we
Advisory Board is charged with advising me on the strategic
the Division and to maximize the quality of life for the University
City Community. This board is a broad representation of faculty,
staff and students, as well as Health System representation.
oversees the Division's Closed Circuit T.V. policy, which regulates
the installation and monitoring of the CCTV cameras located throughout
University City Public Safety Directors Group
a monthly meeting at the UCD headquarters comprised of law enforcement
officials from Philadelphia, SEPTA, Veterans Hospital, Amtrak, Police
departments and the Chief of Detectives for the District Attorney's
Office. Additionally, security directors from Drexel, University
of the Sciences, CHOP, and HUP, as well as property managers from
The Science Center, International House and city agencies such as
L&I, and the Health Department are all members of this group.
We meet to discuss crime, quality of life issues, special event
planning, disaster management issues, and other issues pertinent
to University City.
to meeting with internal committees and boards, the Division meets
with many University City community groups:
participates in weekly and monthly meetings of the Spruce Hill,
and Walnut Hill Community groups, The West Philadelphia Partnership,
and the Philadelphia Police Department 18th District's Advisory
Police officer is assigned to the Police Athletic League and is
at the Wilson School in West Philadelphia. PAL offers children of
our community access into athletic, culture and academic events
at Penn and throughout the City.
As a result
of the programs that I have described, as well as many more I didn't
have time to discuss, we continue to see a dramatic decrease in
crime. As an example:
2000 vs. 2001
2000 vs. 2001
Emergency Management Plan
conjunction with many University stakeholders, is developing a new
University-wide Emergency Management Plan. We are utilizing the
expertise of a nationally-renowned firm that specializes in emergency
management issues. We are taking a multi-phase approach to this
- Phase I:
Develop the University plan
II: Fold the Health System plan into the University plan
III: Fold the University/Health System plan into the City's
tabletop exercises, as well as an actual drill with the city, certify
the effectiveness of the plan.
As a result
of the horrific events at the World Trade Center, the Division of
Public Safety immediately increased our police and security coverage,
provided critical safety information about suspicious packages/letters,
anthrax, international travel and other key concerns for our community.
advise anyone coming into contact with a suspicious package, letter
or receiving a threatening phone message to call 511 immediately.
Visit our web page for information on all of these issues.
of Public Safety, in conjunction with other University experts,
will be hosting four, one-hour information sessions on How to
Handle Suspicious Letters and Packages on October 25 & 26,
at 9 a.m. and 12 noon at Annenberg's Prince Theater. Faculty, staff
and students are encouraged to attend.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 9, October 23, 2001