Weber Receives Public Safety Service Award

On Thursday, May 11, Senior Detective Edward Weber was honored with the Public Safety Service Award at the 48th Annual District Attorney’s Advisory Council Awards and Scholarship Luncheon.

The following was shared as the nomination for Weber:

Senior Detective Edward G. Weber has been serving the Central New York community as a law enforcement officer, trainer, supervisor and leader for nearly 45 years. Weber started his career in 1973 with the Clay Police Department as a patrol officer and quickly moved to the rank of police sergeant before transferring to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office. In over seventeen years of service with the Sheriff. Weber worked as a patrol officer, accident investigator, research and development officer, accreditation officer, academy instructor and as a labor leader. After retiring from the Sheriff’s Office, Weber joined the ranks of the Oneida Nation Police where he worked as a patrol officer, ultimately achieving the rank of patrol sergeant. Weber then went on to join the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS) in 2001 as a patrol officer, being promoted to corporal, patrol sergeant, patrol lieutenant and ultimately to the position of Senior Detective, supervising and leading the DPS Investigations and Crime Prevention Section. Ed also continued to work as a municipal police officer part time with the Village of Solvay from 2001-2013. He has received numerous awards and commendations.

His commitment to service, diligence to duty, competence and experience have served each of the unique communities where he has worked incredibly well. As a police instructor, Weber trained an entire generation of law enforcement officers from around Central New York on emergency vehicle operations skills, as well as a number of other patrol and investigative techniques. He received the “Gold badge Award” from Channel 5 in 1982 for excellence in traffic accident investigations. He helped the Sheriffs Office achieve its first recognition through the New York State police accreditation program. At Syracuse University, Weber led the in the enhancement of student security programs, and was recognized for solving several serious on campus and near campus crime, and provided leadership and training to countless officers.

Today, Ed continues to provide training to all new police supervisors in Syracuse, Onondaga County and Central New York as an instructor for the regional police supervision course held semi-annually, and he continues to lead in managing investigations at SU, coordinating the University’s investigative services with the Syracuse Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies, and developing crime prevention programs for the students. Ed has also served as an elected town councilman in the Town of Geddes for the past several years, and has recently been appointed as the Deputy Town Supervisor. To say that Ed Weber’s service in criminal justice and public safety has been distinguished is an understatement, and therefore the District Attorney’s Advisory Council is pleased to recognize Senior Detective Edward G. Weber with the Public Safety Service award for 2017.

Congratulations, Ed!

Scheurer and Wazen Receieve Law Enforcement Commendation Awards

Earlier this month, Officer Scheurer and Officer Wazen both recieved the Law Enforcement Commendation Award from the Central New York Association of Chiefs of Police.

The following was shared as the nomination for Officer Scheurer:

For promoting, establishing, and encouraging law enforcement or investigative efforts on campus and surrounding neighborhoods. Is focused on keeping the peace, protecting life and property, reducing crime and enforcing laws.

On October 27, 2016, Officer Scheurer observed a suspicious vehicle parked outside the Inn Complete, which was closed for business. He recalled reading on the Internet about incidents in Cicero and Liverpool where a vehicle matching the description of the one he was observing, was approaching students waiting at school bus stops. Officer Scheurer contacted the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO), who was conducting the investigation into these incidents. Through his investigative work, Officer Scheurer discovered that the suspect was a University employee. He shared this information with the OCSO and the New York State Police, another investigating agency. This incident was newsworthy and if was not for Officer Scheurer’s keen observation while on patrol, the case would not have been solved.

The following was shared as the nomination for Officer Wazen:

For efforts in establishing, promoting and encourage community policing, customer service, risk prevention, and/or crime prevention efforts on campus and in the neighboring community. Has developed sustainable relationships through proactive interaction, inclusion, community service and/or community policing.

Since Officer Wazen accepted a work assignment at Bird Library, there has been a noticeable decline in larcenies. This decline is attributed to his dedication to working, supervising and mentoring library work-study students.  Officer Wazen takes the time to train all of the students and holds them accountable for the work that they do in the library. Officer Wazen is very active in his job, is highly visible and approachable.  He embodies the energy, care, service, and crime prevention efforts that was characteristic of Major Grant Williams.

Congratulations to both Officers!

Public Safety Update: Suspicious Event

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following update: Suspicious Event

The Department of Public Safety in collaboration with the Syracuse Police Department have made an arrest in the Informational Notice (Suspicious Person) issued on April 6, 2017.

Report suspicious events to the Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

Keep yourself safe by reviewing these suggested safety strategies.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Public Safety Informational Notice: Suspicious Event

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following informational notice: Suspicious Event

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) has received information that several women on campus have been approached by a male subject and asked a number of unusual questions. The individual has stated that he is conducting a survey and that his survey requires he ask the questions in a number of different settings. The male is described as being approximately 5’8” tall, thin build, with dark hair and dark eyes.

DPS is asking that if you are approached by anyone consistent with the description and mode of operation listed above, do not engage this individual and call DPS as soon as possible. Should you have any information or knowledge regarding any similar incidents, contact the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

Keep yourself safe by reviewing these suggested safety strategies.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Orange Alert Test to be Conducted Monday, April 10

Syracuse University will conduct a test of the ORANGE ALERT Campus Crisis Alert Notification System on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. It will be a full test of the personal email, text message, cell voice, and campus phone components of the system. The test will also include the ORANGE ALERT outdoor siren system on SU’s North and South Campuses. As a further refinement of the system, the Orange Alert test message will also be sent to the main SU Facebook and Twitter accounts, and will display on the Syracuse University homepage and video monitors located in common areas in several buildings around campus.

Syracuse University has a commitment to regular assessment of the performance of the Orange Alert System and the companies that provide the services that allow these mass communications.

For the purpose of this test, the ORANGE ALERT message will be sent to all SU students, faculty and staff; SUNY-ESF students; and to SUNY-ESF faculty and staff who have signed up. ORANGE ALERT will send a notice to all devices that are registered on the system. To verify which devices you have registered, log into MySlice and click on the “Orange Alert” link; there you can update your contact information. If you have not updated your information lately, we ask that you take a moment to do so. You will not need to respond to the test message. The sirens will be activated for a two-minute blast at 2 p.m. Staff who are assigned two-way portable radios will also receive a test message over the radio at that time.

The subject line of the test email will read “ORANGE ALERT SYSTEM TEST.” The test voice message will come from 844.582.5378. The test text message will appear from number 226787 or from number 67283. You may wish to program these numbers into your wireless device as “SU ORANGE ALERT.” Please note: if you program these numbers into your wireless device, all text messaging from 226787 or from 67283, including weather closings, will appear as “SU ORANGE ALERT.”

For additional information on the ORANGE ALERT system, visit safetydivision.syr.edu/orange-alert/.

Questions? Contact OrangeAlert@syr.edu.

Public Safety Alert: Strong Arm Attempted Robbery

For the protection and safety of su students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the department of public safety releases the following alert:

Strong Arm Attempted Robbery

A student reported that on March 29, 2017, at approximately 4:25 PM, two males knocked on a door of a residence hall room at Ernie Davis Hall and attempted to rob him. They asked the student “where is the sh*t.” The student reports he was unclear what they were referring to. They searched the room and left without taking any items.

The descriptions include suspect #1 – male, six feet tall, wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, with white sleeves, white sneakers, and a small mustache. Suspect #2 – male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, wearing a dark blue navy hoodie, dark sweat pants with white stripes.

The suspects fled on foot, last seen running westbound on Waverly Avenue. The victim sustained a small laceration to his chin and is complaining of soreness to the throat/neck area.

The DPS is asking for your help in identifying the suspects if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at 315.442.5222 or the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

Keep yourself safe by reviewing these suggested safety strategies.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

New Recruits Sworn In, Begin Training with DPS Academy

On Monday morning, eight new recruits were sworn into the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety Academy by Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler. Chief Fowler performed the swearing in of the academy recruits as an official welcome and endorsement of the joint law enforcement efforts in the University area, and to provide University officers with authority to enforce New York State law and local ordinances.

Visit news.syr.edu to read the full story.

Public Safety Alert: Shooting

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following alert:

Shooting

On Sunday, February 19, 2017 at approximately 02:37 a.m., at Marshall St and University Ave, witnesses reported a shooting that occurred off campus. The three male victims are not affiliated with the university. They were shot in the area of Marshall Street and University Ave. The three victims were taken to University Hospital for medical treatment. Suspects were last seen leaving the area in a white, SUV, on Marshall Street in an easterly direction of travel.

DPS asks your help in identifying the suspects if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspects: Three (3) Males, unknown age, armed with an unknown firearm, no further description.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse Police Department at 315.442.5222 or the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

Keep yourself safe by reviewing these suggested safety strategies.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Public Safety Informational Notice: Sexual Offense

For the protection and safety of SU students, faculty, staff and neighbors, the Department of Public Safety releases the following informational notice:

Sexual Offense
The Department of Public Safety has received information regarding an incident that occurred on February 13, 2017 at about 9:30 p.m., in the 300 block of Marshall Street involving a student being approached from behind, and inappropriately and unwillingly touched by a male. The suspect is 20-35 years old, about 6’0 tall, skinny build, with scruffy facial hair light in color, wearing a zipped – up coat of unknown color and dark pants. The male was last seen headed South on Comstock Ave.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident or others, please contact the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is and will always be our top priority. As such, the Department of Public Safety has compiled a list of helpful safety strategies, which can be found here.

This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Keeping Your Property Safe

The predominate type of crime occurring on college campuses is property theft. Syracuse University Department of Public Safety’s annual security report provides tips on how to prevent property theft both on and off-campus:

At Home
1. Equip your front door with a peephole and a dead bolt lock.
2. Be sure all windows have secure frames and locks.
3. Report any maintenance deficiencies that may compromise building security to your resident advisor or landlord.
4. Never hide your door key anywhere outside your residence.
5. Lock your door whenever you leave, even if it is only for a short time.

When Walking
1. Walk in groups of three or more, or contact DPS for a walking escort by calling 315.443.SAFE (7233) or toll-free 1.855.443.7233.
2. Walk only in well-lit areas and avoid shortcuts through poorly lit vacant lots and other deserted places.
3. If you think you are being followed, change direction and head for a well-lit area with other people around.

At All Times
1. Never leave your wallet, purse, or valuables unattended.
2. Immediately report all suspicious persons or activity to DPS.
3. Program DPS’s phone number, 315.443.2224, into your cell phone.
4. Program the DPS Safety Escort phone number, 315.443.SAFE (7233), into your cell phone.
5. If you need to contact DPS in an emergency, but are unable to make a phone call, e-mail or text the Communications Center at 711@syr.edu.