PHILADELPHIA â€“- Maureen Rush, the vice president of public safety at the University of Pennsylvania, has been chosen as the Philadelphia Police Foundationâ€™s first female president. The vote was unanimous.
After six years as a member of the foundation and 18-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, Rush has a long history as a pioneer in trailblazing opportunities for women in law enforcement.
With a nearly 40-year-career, she was one of the first 100 women hired as Philadelphia police officers to serve on the street patrols in 1976. Twenty years later, she earned the title of first female chief in the Penn Police Department.
In 2000, Rush became the vice president for public safety, where she oversees seven departments within Pennâ€™s Division of Public Safety.
The Philadelphia Police Foundation is a non-profit organization that supportâ€™s Philadelphiaâ€™s Police Department by funding projects that fall outside the scope of the cityâ€™s budget, such as bicycles, training, ballistic vests and Segways.
â€śThis is a wonderful match for what I do with helping Philadelphia police,â€ť Rush said. â€śOverall, what weâ€™re trying to make is a safer Philadelphia. We hope people want to help us make Philadelphia the safest city in America.â€ť