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DPS Top 10 List
Our most essential resources, at a glance.
Our 24/7 PennComm Emergency Communications center is always available for you. Call anytime for any police, fire, or medical emergencies at 215-573-3333.
PennComm also provides connections to walking escorts, vehicle assistance, and more.
If you observe a potential safety hazard, need a walking escort, or require Penn Police assistance, contact the Division of Public Safety from one of more than over 300 blue-light phones on campus and in the surrounding community. Just pick up the receiver or press the button.
Uniformed Allied Universal Public Safety Officers provide walking escorts to all campus locations. Officers are dispatched by radio and will accompany you from one campus location to another, to your parked vehicle, to a Penn Transit Stop or to an on-campus SEPTA regional transit stop.
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, between 30th to 43rd Streets and Market Street to Baltimore Avenue.
Escorts also extends west to 50th Street, and north/south from Spring Garden to Woodland Avenue, between 10 a.m. and 12 a.m. via the University’s partnership with the University District Ambassador Program.
How to Request a Walking Escort
Ask any Public Safety Officer on patrol or inside a building
Call 215-898-WALK(9255) or 511 (from campus phone)
Use one of the many building and blue-light ephones located on and off Penn’s Campus.
Any member of the Penn community can utilize this service by calling 215-898-HELP(4357). Calls will be answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by Division of Public Safety professionals trained in mental health referrals by staff from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).
Introducing Penn Transit’s New App: PennTransit Mobile
On November 26, riders of Penn Transit’s on-request shuttle services will need to begin using a new app – PennTransit Mobile. PennTransit Mobile will replace the current PennRides on Request app, and offer several enhancements to riders’ current experience, including improved arrival estimates, the ability to see fixed-route and on-demand options in one screen, integration of bike sharing and walking options, and commonly requested points of interest. PennTransit Mobile is currently available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. While the app will not be in use until November 26, it’s important that riders download the app now in order to be ready when our transportation service transitions to PennTransit Mobile. Doing so ensures that individual service can continue uninterrupted. To learn more about PennTransit Mobile, please visit the Transportation and Parking website.
and sign up with your Penn email address. Update your profile by adding information such as your physical description, a photo, your address, known allergies or other optional medical information.
The UPennAlert Emergency Notification System enables the University to quickly notify the Penn and surrounding Philadelphia community of critical information during significant emergencies or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus.
This is accomplished through three (3) key methods: Personal Messaging; Siren and Public Address Systems; and Digital Displays.
Special Services offers free-of-charge self-defense classes to ALL Penn affiliates. These self-defense trainings empower individuals through communication and physical defense. We provide gender inclusive and expansive courses, separate courses for women and men, and private classes. Also offered, a special DPS Kids Safety Day to teach children important information about how to deal with strangers, how to call for help and how to stay out of dangerous situations, to name a few.
Penn students, faculty and staff can register their bicycles, electronic equipment and other valuables online with the University of Pennsylvania Police Department. By registering your property, you will increase the chances of recovery should your property ever be lost or stolen. You will also receive a registration sticker which will help to serve as a visual deterrent.
Penn faculty and staff may register property by logging on to U@Penn at http://www.upenn.edu/u@penn. Found under the heading “Policies and Procedures”, under the subheading “Safety & Preparedness”, click on the bullet point for “Property Registration”.
Members of the Division of Public Safety will provide safety information including brochures, videos, and presentations upon request. To request materials or arrange for a presentation, please contact our Special Services Department at (215) 898-4481, email specialservices[at]publicsafety.upenn.edu or complete the presentation request form.