Public Safety

Penn Public Safety

Steven Minicola

For the seventh consecutive year, Penn has been ranked No. 1 in safety and security in the higher education sector by Security Magazine.

The University’s Division of Public Safety (DPS) is comprised of 176 personnel who are responsible for enhancing the quality of life, safety, and security of the Penn community. The Division includes the Penn Police Department (UPPD), Fire and Emergency Services, Technology & Emergency Communications, Security Services, and Special Services.

In this edition of By The Numbers, the Current explores the many moving parts of DPS that are working around the clock to keep the Penn community safe.


Total number of sworn police officers within the Division of Public Safety.


Number of free walking escorts provided in Fiscal Year 2013. Walking escorts are public safety officers available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year between 30th and 43rd streets, and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue.


Number of safety presentations provided by the Division of Public Safety monthly.


Number of canine officers employed by DPS. The Division recently welcomed its first-ever canine cadet to the UPPD: a yellow Labrador retriever named Socks.


Number of Penn police officers who participated in the annual Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run. The mission of the run is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.


Number of calls processed by PennComm, the University’s emergency communications center, in Fiscal Year 2013.


Number of Emergency Preparedness Drills conducted on campus per month.

Originally published on December 12, 2013