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Vice President Maureen S. Rush Credit: Joyce Lin , Joyce Lin

For the eighth year in a row, Penn’s Division of Public Safety was ranked the number one university on Security Magazine’s “Security 500” list, an annual security ranking of various corporations and institutions.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania also grabbed a top spot, ranking 9th in the country on the healthcare and medical section of the list.

Drexel University, whose police force often works in tandem with Penn Police, scored fourth place out of the country’s universities. Other large universities embedded in cities topped the list, including New York University in the second spot and the University of Chicago in third.

Under the tenure of Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush, the number of administrators, employees and security contractors at DPS has doubled, now approaching an unprecedented 800 people total to protect a 2.5 square mile patrol zone.

“We are honored,” Rush said in a statement. “This would not be possible without the vision and support of President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vince Price and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.”

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