Office of the Executive Vice President

Public Safety

The Division of Public Safety (DPS) delivers a professional and effective public safety program that includes police, fire, security technology, crime prevention, and victim/witness support services to the Penn community, with particular emphasis on information and communication.


The Division of Public Safety provides services through six departments:

  • Penn Police
  • Special Services
  • PennComm
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Security and Tech Services
  • Finance and Administration

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Vice President Maureen Rush

Maureen S. Rush, Vice President for Public Safety, University of Pennsylvania, directs the tactical and strategic direction of the division, which encompasses seven departments that total more than 160 staff members. The departments include: Office of the Vice President; Penn Police; PennComm; Fire and Emergency Services; Security and Technical Services; Special Services; and the Finance and Administration Departments.

Prior to holding her current position, Ms. Rush served as the Chief of the Penn Police Department from 1996 through 2000, and the Director of Victim Support & Special Services from 1994 through 1996, both within the Division of Public Safety.

Prior to coming to the University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Rush had a distinguished 18-year law enforcement career with the Philadelphia Police Department from 1976 through 1994. She served in various positions, namely: the Patrol Division; Anti-Crime Unit Traffic Division; Narcotics Unit; and the Training Bureau. In 1976 Ms. Rush was one of the first 100 women police officers hired to serve the City of Philadelphia on "street patrol" in a pilot program directed by the United States Department of Justice. As a result of that successful pilot program, the Philadelphia Police Department now employs approximately 1,756 women police officers. She has extensive knowledge of urban law enforcement and the interaction between campus and the community. The Division of Public Safety has become a national model for its successful private/public venture.

Ms. Rush holds an M.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Organizational Dynamics. She has also completed coursework at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Northwestern School of Staff & Command, and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Programs. Ms. Rush is also a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by the American Society of American Security.