Important Message from DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) takes the safety and security of our campus community very seriously. As part of our continuous efforts to educate the campus community on crime prevention and emergency preparedness, we encourage you to review our ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ video.

The ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ model is considered a best practice in crisis response, particularly in the event of an active shooter situation. Many organizations, including Syracuse University, subscribe to this model in response to any immediate threat.

Please take take a moment to familiarize yourself with the ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ model:

RUN
• Have an escape route and plan in mind.
• Leave your belongings behind.
• Keep your hands visible.
• Call DPS or 911 or use the LiveSafe App when you are in a safer place.

HIDE
• If you can’t escape, hide in an area out of the shooter’s view, and behind something solid if possible.
• Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
• Silence your cell phone and other devices.

FIGHT
• Fighting is a last resort to be used only when your life is in imminent danger.
• Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter.
• Find an object to use as a weapon, such as a fire extinguisher or chair.
• Work as a team with someone else if possible.

If you have any questions, DPS is here to assist. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or another member of the DPS team.

Sincerely,

Chief Bobby Maldonado
Department of Public Safety

DPS Needs Your Feedback

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is conducting a survey during the month of October. Now through Tuesday, October 31, we invite members of the campus community to provide us their feedback on our services.

The survey can be completed at the following locations:

  • Schine Student Center Atrium: Thursday, October 19 and Thursday, October 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Bird Library: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight

It can also be completed online through Qualtrics.

For those who participate, you will be entered in a raffle for dinner and a movie for two. To be eligible, you must either complete the survey in person at one of the two locations listed above or email a screen shot of the thank you screen you receive after completing the survey to CJ McCurty at cmccurty@syr.edu.

2017 Annual Security Report Now Available

The 2017 version of Your Safety and Security at Syracuse University is now available on our website. This report documents the past three calendar years’ information about select campus crimes, including statistics, and detail the school’s security policies and procedures.

Public Safety Informational Notice: Off-Campus Vandalism and Vehicle Break-Ins

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

Off-Campus Vandalism and Vehicle Break-Ins

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) are actively investigating multiple off-campus vandalism and vehicle break-is that have occurred in recent days in Syracuse neighborhoods located to the east of campus. The alleged suspects have been breaking into vehicles for the purpose of stealing items. In addition, several other vehicles have been vandalized without anything being stolen.

To enhance your safety and protect your personal belongings, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Park your vehicle in an area you are familiar with and that has proper lighting;
  • Report all suspicious people, activity and behavior immediately; and
  • Store valuable items in secure places where they are out of plain sight.

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents or others, please contact the SPD at 315.442.5222 or DPS at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information for DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool.

The new academic year is a perfect time to review the full list of our recommended safety strategies.

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

Public Safety Informational Notice: Off-Campus Burglaries

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

Off-Campus Burglaries

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) are actively investigating several off-campus burglaries that have occurred in recent days in Syracuse neighborhoods located to the north and east of campus. The alleged suspects have been entering through unlocked windows and doors.

To enhance your safety and protect your personal space and belongings, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Lock all exterior doors and windows – even when you are home.
  • Report all suspicious people, activity and behavior immediately.
  • Store valuable items in secure places and lock interior doors when you are out.
  • Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.

If anyone has any information regarding these 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.

The new school year is a perfect time to review a full list of our recommended safety strategies.

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

What is Orange Alert?

Orange Alert is Syracuse University’s crisis notification system. Watch this short video to learn more.

For more information, including frequently asked questions, visit the Orange Alert page on our website.

R.A.D. Classes Available This Fall

Join the Department of Public Safety for a women-only self-defense course. The Fall 2017 Friday session dates include September 8, 15, 22 & 29 (6 to 9:30 p.m.).

Attendance is required for all four sessions! We will announce the location once it has been confirmed. Please make sure you can attend all of the sessions and then contact Detective CJ McCurty to register at 315.480.5467 or cmccurty@syr.edu to register.

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2017 Summer Training Exercise

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) along with Syracuse University Ambulance (SUA) teamed up to conduct a training exercise yesterday morning at Lyons Hall.

The event was a simulated active shooter scenario. DPS Officers arrived at scene, took down the suspect and secured the perimeter in a timely manner.

Students from Assistant Professor Aileen Gallagher’s “News Writing and Reporting” class in the Newhouse School were on hand to cover the event as if it was a real event. The students were required to file breaking news stories from the scene, along with posting tweets and a wrap-up story 90 minutes after the final news conference with Chief Robert Maldonado.

This was a great annual exercise for both the DPS and the class from Newhouse.

 

2017 Campus Peace Officer Academy Graduation

On Friday, June 30, the Department of Public Safety held the 2017 Campus Peace Officer Academy Graduation at Drumlins in Syracuse. Colleagues, friends, and family joined the seven graduates as they completed the program by receiving their diploma’s.

The graduates included:

Cassandra L. Franco
Andrew F. Kratz
Dayna M. MacMaster
Kara L. Mertens
Michael R. Mertz
Robert D. Tinsley
Conor J. Young

Special honors went to:

Valedictorian—Robert Tinsley, Onondaga Community College Public Safety
Physical Fitness Award—Michael Mertz and Andrew Kratz
Top Gun Award—Robert Tinsley, Onondaga Community College Public Safety

The graduates are now completing their time as field training officers.