Penn receives top security ranking for third straight year

Penn Police on bicycle

It’s a hat trick! For the third consecutive year, Penn is ranked No. 1 for safety among colleges and universities in a survey by Security Magazine.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our work, along with our security partners, Allied Barton Security and ADT Security Integrators, in ensuring that the campus and surrounding community are safe,” says Maureen Rush, vice president for public safety at Penn. “Campus safety is a shared responsibility.  We offer many resources to our campus community, including walking escorts and informational programs to educate everyone on campus about staying safe.”

The magazine measured security risks such as the protection of personal property, dealing with pandemics and working with the nearby community to maximize off-campus security.

All officers in Penn’s 116-member police department – the largest private police department in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania – are full-time sworn municipal police officers. Penn has state-of-the-art electronic security systems across campus, including audible alert and e-mail, phone and text emergency-notification systems, outdoor closed-circuit television cameras and emergency phones on and around campus.

To learn more about Penn’s Division of Public Safety, click here.

Originally published on November 20, 2009