Recruitment

A renewed initiative to increase diversity when recruiting police officers and other UPPS employees is underway and being led by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director Iris Richardson and Deputy Chief Jason Zajac, along with our Human Resources strategic partners.

We also ascribe to the Penn State Finance and Business Diversity Statement, which states:

"We affirm our personal commitment to the University’s values of dignity and respect for all individuals. We believe that the diverse backgrounds and personal characteristics of employees bring varied perspectives and experiences that enrich the environment of the Finance & Business workplaces. Since a diverse workplace is critical to this organization’s ongoing success, we have emphasized diversity and inclusion in our Strategic Plan and we are committed to keeping it as a priority in our everyday business.

"We expect the work culture within Finance & Business to be free of negativity and prejudice and we expect everyone to be able to come to work and not worry about being harassed or demeaned. We also expect that all employees will interact with all members of the University community in a professional and respectful manner regardless of their own personal beliefs or backgrounds. We will strive to have a workplace and community that are comfortable, safe and welcoming for everyone.

"We encourage anyone who experiences or witness intolerance to come forward without fear of retaliation. We recognize that building a diverse and inclusive organization is a continuing process that requires commitment, focused effort and the attention of us all. We will achieve this if we all do our part to ensure that we treat the people around us with kindness, respect and dignity."

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UPPS Employee Demographics 

University Police and Public Safety is committed to having a workforce that reflects the community it serves. We remain committed to recruitment and retention with the guidance of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office and other Penn State stakeholders. Below is recent UPPS employee demographic data. Going forward, the data will be updated on an annual basis.

Race/Ethnicity Demographics 

2020 Demographics - Percentage of UPPS Employees by Race/Ethnicity
  American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Black Hispanic Two or More Races White Undeclared Total
Sworn Officer 0.0% 1.2% 2.4% 5.99% 0.6% 76.65.3% 13.17% 100.00%
Non Sworn 2.78% 0.0% 1.39% 0.0% 0.0% 81.94% 13.39% 100.00%
Total  0.84% 0.84% 2.09% 4.18% 0.42% 78.24% 13.39% 100.00%
2020 Demographics - Count of UPPS Employees by Race/Ethnicity
  American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Black Hispanic Two or More Races White Undeclared Total
Sworn Officer 0 2 4 10 1 128 22 167
Non Sworn 2 0 1 0 0 59 10 72
Total  2 2 5 10 1 187 32 239

 

2019 Demographics - Percentage of UPPS Employees by Race/Ethnicity
  American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Black Hispanic Two or More Races White Undeclared Total
Sworn Officer 0.0% 1.4% 2.7% 6.8% 0.7% 75.3% 13.0% 100.00%
Non Sworn 1.4% 1.4% 1.4% 0.0% 0.0% 80.3% 15.5% 100.00%
Total  0.5% 1.4% 2.3% 4.6% 0.5% 77.0% 13.8% 100.00%
2019 Demographics - Count of UPPS Employees by Race/Ethnicity
  American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Black Hispanic Two or More Races White Undeclared Total
Sworn Officer 0 2 4 10 1 110 19 146
Non Sworn 1 1 1 0 0 57 11 71
Total  1 3 5 10 1 167 30 217

 

Gender Demographics 

 
2020 Demographics - Percentage of UPPS Employees by Gender
  Female Male Total 
Sworn Officer 14.37% 85.83% 100%
Non Sworn 44.44% 55.56% 100%
Total 23.43% 76.57% 100%
2020 Demographics - Count of UPPS Employees by Gender
  Female Male Total 
Sworn Officer 20 126 146
Non Sworn 30 41 71
Total  50 167 217

 

2019 Demographics - Percentage of UPPS Employees by Gender
  Female Male Total 
Sworn Officer 14% 86% 100%
Non Sworn 42% 58% 100%
Total 23% 77% 100%
2019 Demographics - Count of UPPS Employees by Gender
  Female Male Total 
Sworn Officer 24 143 167
Non Sworn 32 40 72
Total  56 183 239

Veteran Demographics   

2020 Demographics - Percentage of UPPS Employees by Veteran Status
  No Yes Total
Sworn Officer 91.7% 8.3% 100.00%
Non Sworn 91.0% 9% 100.00%
Total  91.2% 8.8% 100.00%
2020 Demographics - Count of UPPS Employees by Veteran Status
  No Yes Total 
Sworn Officer 152 15 167
Non Sworn 66 6 72
Total  218 21 239

 

2019 Demographics - Percentage of UPPS Employees by Veteran Status
  No Yes Total
Sworn Officer 97.3% 2.7% 100.00%
Non Sworn 97.2% 2.8% 100.00%
Total  97.2% 2.8% 100.00%
2019 Demographics - Count of UPPS Employees by Veteran Status
  No Yes Total 
Sworn Officer 142 4 146
Non Sworn 69 2 71
Total  211 6 217