Melvin “Mel” Singleton Jr. is the Vice President of Public Safety for Drexel University and is responsible for all aspects of law enforcement, safety, security and emergency preparedness for the University. He also serves as Chief of Drexel Police.
Mel was born and raised in southwest Philadelphia and has dedicated his entire career in law enforcement to improving public safety and the quality of life for Philadelphia residents. As the former first deputy commissioner, he oversaw management of the PPD's patrol, detective, narcotics, homeland security, forensic science, and intelligence bureaus.
Mel started his career as a police officer in West Philadelphia's 19th district in 1993 and worked his way through the ranks of the PPD, serving in various leadership roles including captain of the 19th district, captain of the highway patrol, inspector for the narcotics bureau, chief inspector for homeland security, and deputy commissioner. He began his leadership role at Drexel in 2022, bringing with him years of experience in collaborating with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, elected officials, and community leaders in order to fight crime, enhance public safety, and prepare for large-scale events.