Division of Public Safety

Penn’s Public Safety ranks #1

For the 12th consecutive year, the Division of Public Safety took the top spot in the higher-education sector of Security magazine’s “Security 500.”

Jill DiSanto

Sharing Coffee with a Cop

Officers from the Penn Police Department shared a cup of coffee, free swag, and conversations with passersby along Locust Walk during National Coffee with a Cop Day, a way to bridge the gap between the community and law enforcement.

Jill DiSanto

Campus fire safety: What you need to know

As part of its annual Life-Saving Measures event, the Division of Public Safety hosted a live side-by-side controlled “burn” of a dorm room model on Hamilton Field to show how “Sprinklers Save Lives.”

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Biking to the shore for fallen first responders

Personnel from Penn’s Division of Public Safety and Perelman School of Medicine recently participated in the Tour de Shore, a 65-mile bike ride from Philadelphia to Atlantic City, to support the families of fallen first responders.

Jill DiSanto



In the News


“Good Morning America,” ABC News

Despite recent break-ins, Temple says thefts down 30% compared to last year

During the pandemic, Penn Police are patrolling the exteriors of off-campus student housing. “We are not waiting for people to register their properties. We've been doing full-blown special checks at every house, every building, every church, etc., in the Penn patrol zone," said Vice President Maureen Rush of Public Safety.

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Fox 29 (Philadelphia)

University of Pennsylvania police officer learns how to sew to make masks for health care workers, first responders

Jenna Ficci, an officer in Penn’s Police Department, has sewn more than 500 homemade masks for health care workers and first responders. “I think the real heroes are the medical workers, the nurses, the doctors,” Ficci said. “They’re the ones on the front line of this whole thing. I’m just doing what I can to help.”

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6ABC.com

Real-life 'Superman' cop helps disabled man who lost bag at Philadelphia hospital

Vice President Maureen Rush of Public Safety, praised an officer in the Penn Police Department who replaced items stolen from a hospital patient with Down syndrome. The officer prefers to remain anonymous.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Enthusiasm, hope, and ‘old guard’ warnings follow naming of Philly’s first black female police head

Vice President Maureen Rush of Public Safety commented on the appointment of Philadelphia’s new police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw. When Rush started her law enforcement career in 1976, she said, she “would never have imagined that we would have had a woman commissioner, never mind a black woman commissioner, in the future.”

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

Can hiring women police officers make communities safer?

Vice President Maureen Rush of Public Safety, one of the first 100 women to join Philadelphia’s police department, spoke about the role of women in law enforcement.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

In a nation paralyzed by ‘active shooter’ situations, local colleges have to balance informing students and curbing fear

Vice President Maureen Rush of Public Safety spoke about the procedure for handling potential active shooter situations. “We have to investigate it, because we have to get it right,” she said. “We can’t say ‘never mind, that didn’t happen’ or ‘actually, it’s a different location.’”

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