Maureen S. Rush is the Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of the Penn Police Department. Ms.Rush joined the Division of Public Safety in 1994 as the Director of Victim Support & Special Services. Ms. Rush then served as the Chief of the Penn Police Department from 1996 through 2000. She was appointed Vice President for Public Safety at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. As the CEO of the agency her duties include directing the tactical and strategic focus of the Division of Public Safety and all aspects of Law Enforcement, Safety and Security Technology, and Emergency Preparedness. She is responsible for managing a budget of over $22 million dollars and encompassing eight departments totaling 176 Penn employees.
During her tenure the Penn’s Police Department evolved into a model campus law enforcement agency,continually meeting the challenges faced by an urban university, while at the same time strengthening its relationships with the Penn and West Philadelphia communities, and with the City of Philadelphia. With 118 police officers, the Penn Police Department is the largest private police department in the state of Pennsylvania. In March 2001, the Penn Police Department was awarded national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), thereby, becoming the first nationally accredited campus police agency within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Penn Police Department remains accredited through CALEA, most recently being accredited with excellence in 2013.
Under Ms. Rush’s leadership, the University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety was recognized as the number one institution in the Higher Education vertical market, as ranked by Security Magazine’s Security 500
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