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Public Safety & U

In early 2015, the Public Safety & U workplace safety program was developed by Drexel’s Department of Public Safety to highlight the importance of workplace safety. Through an initial collaboration with the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Success (EMSS), the Department of Public Safety began this program to address the safety needs and concerns of professional staff, faculty and students, in the form of workshops and discussions.

The Public Safety & U program is designed to empower members of the Drexel community, to learn recommended methods to manage security issues on campus. Campus safety at a large urban university is dependent on many groups working together. This program educates the Drexel community about the various roles and resources belonging to the Department of Public Safety (DPS), the Drexel University Public Safety Communication Center (DUPSCC) and the Drexel University Police Department (DUPD). Safety systems such as DrexelAlert, Drexel Guardian and the University’s extensive CCTV system are discussed and demonstrated. This program relies on interactive audio-visuals, live demonstrations and an open discussion forum to engage participants.

Since the program’s inception, Public Safety & U has been presented to over 1000 Drexel professional staff, faculty and students. The program’s strength and effectiveness are rooted in addressing misconceptions or lack of knowledge surrounding the Department of Public Safety’s activities, efforts and available resources. The merit of this program is the face-to-face interaction with public safety officials, providing the opportunity to build relationships and encourage collaboration, while tackling important issues of workplace safety, dealing with the challenges associated with an urban environment, and even touching on active shooter awareness and education.

The Department of Public Safety is currently in the process of expanding this program throughout the University. This program can be customized to the specific needs of an administrative department or academic college or school, to address unique security challenges and identify solutions. If interested in organizing a workshop session, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 215.895.1550.