Security Magazine Ranks Drexel University Public Safety Program No. 5 Nationally
Security magazine has ranked the Drexel University Public Safety program No. 5 in the nation for safety among United States colleges and universities for 2013. This is the fourth consecutive year that the University has ranked in the top 6 on the magazine’s Security 500 list.
“Our police and security officers continue to do an outstanding job protecting the University community and ensuring that Drexel’s campus is a safe and welcoming environment in which to live, learn and work,” said Jim Tucker, senior vice president for student life and administrative services. “I am incredibly proud that their achievements are being recognized on the national level once again.”
The Department of Public Safety maintains a 24/7 Communications Center and has invested considerable resources in a wide range of security technology systems and infrastructure. The Drexel University Police Department provides 24/7 patrols with 38 full-time sworn police officers certified through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Municipal Police Officers Education and Training Commission, as well as over 160 contracted AlliedBarton security officers.
Since the Drexel University Police Department was established in 2008, crime rates within the DUPD’s patrol boundaries have decreased every year. In 2011, both the Drexel Police Department and the Drexel University Public Safety Communications Center achieved Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) accreditation, making Drexel the only university in the world with both an accredited law enforcement agency and an accredited dedicated communications center.
“With the support of University executive management and community partnerships, we continue to make strides in providing a safe campus environment,” said Domenic Ceccanecchio, vice president for public safety. “Along with President Fry and Senior Vice President James Tucker, we are honored to have received this recognition by Security magazine.”
The Department of Public Safety has instituted many community-based programs over the past year to address quality of life issues, not only on campus but also in the surrounding community. In April 2013, Drexel was one of seven colleges and universities nationwide selected to participate in the Department of Homeland Security’s Campus Resilience Pilot Program. Through the program, DHS worked with Drexel and the other selected institutions to draw on existing resources, collaborate with federal, state and local stakeholders and identify new innovative approaches to promote campus resilience.