ABINGTON, Pa. – Anthony Benvenutti has been promoted to lieutenant and named station commander of University Police at Penn State Abington, effective Feb. 1.
Benvenutti has served University Police for three years, most recently as sergeant at Penn State Brandywine. Previously, he served as a Philadelphia police officer for 18 years. He also served as a Duke University police officer and campus police logistics assistant in Durham, North Carolina.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve Penn State through this new role and I look forward to serving the Penn State Abington community,” Benvenutti said.
Benvenutti is a graduate of the Philadelphia Police Academy. He is currently a Penn State student who is expected to graduate in May with an associate’s degree in letters, arts and sciences.
Established in 1926 as Campus Patrol, today Penn State University Police and Public Safety is responsible for protecting and serving more than 100,000, of Penn State’s students, faculty members, staff members and visitors at 22 campuses located throughout Pennsylvania.
In 2017, Penn State centralized University Police and Public Safety by combining campus-based units into one, cohesive department under the direction of the assistant vice president for police and public safety. The unified department has roughly 135 full-time and part-time police officers, 75 nonsworn and civilian staff and roughly 90 student employees.
University Police and Public Safety provides multiple resources and services, including police services, behavioral threat management, Clery compliance and emergency management. The department also includes a K-9 unit and Community-Oriented Policing Unit.