November 14, 2014

UChicago Moves Up to Third Place in Security Ranking

The University of Chicago’s Department of Safety & Security earned a third place ranking in the higher education category of Security Magazine’s Security 500 Benchmarking Survey, an annual ranking of 18 vertical markets with a focus on safety and security.  

This is the second year that UChicago participated in the survey, having moved up one spot from last year’s fourth place ranking. Marlon C. Lynch, Associate Vice President for Safety, Security and Civic Affairs & Chief of Police, says UChicago’s high rankings are the result of the continued support of the University’s leadership and the importance placed on the safety and security of all University and community members.

“This is a great honor to again be recognized as an organization that makes the security of its students, faculty, staff, and community such a high priority,” Lynch said. “This also speaks to the hard work of the members of our department that support our mission, help promote a safe environment, and provide a high-level of service to everyone we serve.”

The Security 500 Benchmarking Survey allows organizations to measure themselves against their peers within specific industries. The other universities to finish in the top five include the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Drexel University, and the University of Florida.

Information for the survey was provided by both the participants and through records and other resources. The metrics used to determine the rankings include: safety-related programming; enterprise risk management processes; security-related functions and responsibilities; number of police and security officers compared with employee numbers; the number of police and security officers in relation to an organization’s facilities; security spending per person; and security spending compared with an organization’s revenue.

The University’s Department of Safety & Security is comprised of the University of Chicago Police Department, Security Systems, Emergency Communications Center, Emergency Management, Professional Accountability, Protective Services, University of Chicago Laboratory School and Charter School security, Transportation & Parking Services, Environmental Health and Safety, Management Operations, and the Office of the Associate Vice President. 

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