Division of Public Safety

penn police

Led by Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush, Penn’s Division of Public Safety ensures that the nearly 125,000 people living, working, studying, visiting or strolling through Penn on any given day do so safety and securely.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we introduce the people who work so hard day in and day out to keep the peace at Penn, and in the surrounding community.


Penn’s ranking for safety among universities and colleges by Security Magazine in 2007 and 2008.


Number of members of the Penn Police Department, making it the largest private police department in Pennsylvania and the second-largest in the nation


Age required to become a Penn police officer. Applicants must also possess a high school diploma or GED. (The Penn Police are currently hiring.)


Number of calls annually processed directly by the PennComm Center, including calls for Walking Escort services.


Hours per day and days per week that Walking Escorts are available, from 30th to 43rd streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue. Escorts are also available from 10 a.m. until 3 a.m. between 30th and 50th streets and Spring Garden Street to Woodland Avenue. (215-898-WALK)

Originally published on September 17, 2009