Public Safety and U — August







From right to left: Police Sergeant Fernando Santiago, Associate Director of Fire and Emergency Services Madonna Calderoni and Clery Compliance Director Moe DeLisi.


Communication is key to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and is essential to the work Drexel Public Safety (DPS) does to protect and engage with the community throughout the year, including as we prepare for a successful start to the next academic year. Of course, for safety communication to be effective, it needs to flow both ways.

In this issue, prepare for a safe return to campus this fall by learning how DPS uses various modes of communication to keep you informed and how you can connect with DPS 24/7. More : Get to know Acting Vice President and Chief of Police Bob Lis.




Acting Vice President Bob Lis (right) and his grandson, Jonathan Gowland, at the Philadelphia Fire Department graduation ceremony.




Get to know DPS Acting Vice President Robert Lis

As announced last month, Bob Lis assumed the role of acting vice president of public safety and chief of police. Bob has been with Drexel since 2005 and in addition to this interim role, he also oversees the Drexel University Police Department’s Investigations Unit. Prior to working in college, he spent nearly 35 years with the Philadelphia Police Department in a variety of roles including patrol, undercover policing, juvenile aid and special victims, and 17 years in the detective office.

Bob’s personal message to the community is that he is happy to follow in the footsteps of Eileen Behr and appreciates the relationships he has built working with students, faculty, professional staff and community partners. of Drexel during his tenure at Drexel. In the months ahead, Bob says he looks forward to building on those existing relationships and forging new ones.

Outside of Drexel, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, attending sporting events in Philadelphia, and exploring the city’s Friday night dining scene. Recently, he had the pleasure of attending his grandson’s graduation from the Philadelphia Fire Department.

3 easy ways to prepare for a safe fall semester

Last August, Public Safety & U shared “7 Ways to Prepare for the Fall Quarter,” and it’s still a great list of actions you can take (whether you’re on campus or not) to prepare you for a safe start to the academic new year. For this issue, let’s take an in-depth look at three simple things you can do right now to set yourself up for a safe and successful fall term.

1. Familiarize yourself with the services of Drexel Public Safety

Drexel Public Safety consists of administrative and operational units working around the clock to protect you on campus and provide safety tools and education to the Drexel community and surrounding neighborhoods. If you see any DPS staff on campus, be sure to stop by and say hello! The department is made up of the following groups:

  • The Drexel Police Department is staffed by sworn and certified Pennsylvania police officers trained in many specialty services including first aid and CPR, investigation, crime prevention, and community outreach. Drexel police conduct foot, vehicle and bicycle patrols (see patrol boundary maps on the DPS website) and they maintain relationships with other local law enforcement agencies and neighboring communities. Drexel Police also provides support services for victims of violent crime.
  • The Drexel Public Safety Communications Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week as a full-service emergency dispatch and security center. Whether you are in an emergency, need to report suspicious activity, want to request a foot escort, or have other security concerns, dial 215.895.2222 to connect to the Communication Center , where dispatchers will send you help.
  • Allied Security Officers are contract security guards who patrol the University City, Center City, and Queen Lane campuses on foot, bicycle, and vehicle; ensure the security of fixed posts in campus buildings and during events; and provide foot escort services. Allied security agents do not have the authority to make arrests.
  • The Fire and emergency services The team works to ensure that all Drexel University campuses maintain comprehensive fire and emergency preparedness practices. This unit also advises and mentors the student organization Drexel EMS.

2. Save this emergency number in your phone: 215.895.2222

One of the first things every Dragon new and returning should do is make sure you have Drexel Public Safety’s emergency phone number, 215.895.2222, saved in your cell phone contact list. This number connects you to the Drexel Public Safety Communications Center, where a dispatcher will answer and send you help (you can also call 911 in an emergency). You can also call this number to request a foot escort. Calls placed on campus blue-light emergency phones also immediately connect to the communication center, as do messages sent through the Drexel Guardian app.

3. Sign up for DrexelALERTs (or update your details)

DrexelALERT is an emergency notification system that provides rapid dissemination of crime and safety alerts to Drexel students, faculty, and professional staff via text messaging and email (see next section for details) . The effectiveness of DrexelALERT depends on individuals providing accurate personal contact information. That’s why, at the start of each term, students, faculty, and professional staff are asked to confirm and update their contact information when logging into DrexelOne. The Public Safety website has instructions on how to confirm or update your contact information. (Please note: New incoming students will begin receiving alerts approximately six weeks before the start of their first term.)

DPS Notification Guide: Why am I getting this alert?

Public Safety Notices, Crime Alerts (Timely Warnings), and Emergency Notifications (Alerts) are the three primary methods Drexel Public Safety uses to convey important safety information to the University community. Chances are you’re already getting these notifications, but you might not always know why. To help demystify the process, DPS has put together a Community Notification Guide on its website explaining what each notification is, why it can be sent, and how.

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