Public Safety Update

On Friday, December 15th, 2017, at approximately 10:45 a.m., the Department of Public Safety Department (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) responded to 720 University Avenue, the United States Post Office at Marshall Square Mall, in regards to a suspicious package call. The package was located outside of the Post Office and employees believed that it may have contained something dangerous.

The area was evacuated as a precautionary measure while the incident was investigated.

The SPD Bomb Squad and K-9 Units responded to the scene to assist in the investigation. The package was later determined to contain a compact style refrigerator, and was not a threat to the community.

United States Postal Investigators and the ATF assisted in this investigation.

The Marshall Square Mall has resumed normal operations at this time.

Public Safety Notice: Incident

On Friday, December 15, 2017, at approximately 10:45 a.m., DPS and Syracuse Police Department are investigating an incident at Marshall Square Mall. The Mall is closed. Please stay away from the area until further notice. More information to follow.

Message from DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado

Dear Syracuse University Families:

Over the last few days, I have talked with many of you about the safety of the University community in light of a handful of recent incidents near campus.

I write today to assure you that the Department of Public Safety (DPS), in close partnership with the Syracuse Police Department (SPD), is working vigorously to maintain a safe campus community.

Our chief priority is and will always be the safety of our students, faculty and staff. As such, DPS will continue to do the following:

  • Orange Watch patrols, which focus on expanded DPS presence in key areas on North and South campuses and in the neighborhoods north and east of campus, will continue through the semester break.
  • The University Area Crime-control Team (UACT) patrols, which is staffed jointly by DPS and SPD and patrols in the immediate off-campus and fraternity/sorority neighborhoods focused on robbery and burglary suppression, will continue through Sunday, Dec. 17, with concentration on the areas impacted by the recent rash of incidents.
  • Campus patrols will spend more time patrolling the fringe of campus in an effort to prevent these crimes.
  • DPS/SPD investigators are working collaboratively to solve the recent crimes by reviewing security video footage and conducting interviews.

In addition, we are constantly evaluating our practices to ensure that we are responsive to the safety concerns of our campus and surrounding neighborhoods.

The University also uses the following advanced technology:

  • More than 1,200 cameras are in strategic on-campus and near-campus locations. This is in addition to the cameras the SPD owns and operates to monitor the surrounding neighborhoods where our students live.
  • Two new outdoor sirens have been installed on Main Campus, in addition to the two that already exist on South Campus and Main Campus.
  • We also have more than 140 blue light emergency call boxes around campus.
  • In the event of an emergency, we activate our Orange Alert system. This campuswide notification tool allows us to communicate directly with the community in real time to alert them of an active threat to our campus. It also enables us to communicate any action we recommend our community members take.

There are also a number of services available to our students to help keep them and make them feel safe. Students can call for a safety escort (315.443.SAFE) and sign up for the LiveSafe App on their smartphone, which acts as a mobile blue light, allowing them to contact the DPS Emergency Communications Center with the touch of a button and transmit their physical location during the call.

As chief of the Department of Public Safety and the father of a current Syracuse University student, please know that I am a resource for you and your student. Please feel free to contact me at 315.443.2224.

Sincerely,

Bobby Maldonado

Chief, Department of Public Safety

Public Safety Update: Robbery Reported

At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, a student reported being approached by two mask-wearing males while walking in the 300 block of Comstock Avenue. The suspects exited a grey colored vehicle being driven by a female suspect. The suspects reportedly stole the student’s electronic device before returning to their vehicle. The vehicle then fled the scene in a northerly direction away from campus. The student sustained injuries during the incident and was treated at a local hospital.

If you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) asks for your help in identifying the suspects. The suspects are described as two males, wearing masks, age unknown. The driver is described as female, age unknown. The vehicle was a grey colored sedan. No further descriptions were provided.

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 Notice: Robbery

On December 13, 2017, at approximately 1:44 a.m. DPS received a report of a robbery that occurred at 300 Block of Comstock Ave. The Syracuse Police Department and the Department of Public Safety are on the scene and investigating this incident. We ask that you stay away from the area, at this time and that you call DPS at 315.443.2224, should you have information regarding this incident. More information to follow.

De-Stress with DPS

You still have two more chances to join DPS and the Office of Health Promotions for De-stress During Those Dog Days of Finals! Take a break from studying to come enjoy FREE snacks and a chance to pet therapy dogs from The GO Team Therapy Dogs Syracuse.

You’ll be able to find us on the first floor of Bird Library tonight and tomorrow night from 9 to 11 p.m. We’ll have a quick survey available so you can tell us how you feel about our services and safety on campus.

We’ll also have some advice for relieving stress and plenty of encouragement for the final academic push of the semester!

Watch the latest Cuse Cast to check out the event from Sunday night!

 

Public Safety Update: Incident

On Sunday, December 10, 2017, at 2:29 a.m., the Department of Public Safety responded with the Syracuse Police Department to a report of a stabbing incident at 167 Marshall St. Three victims were injured and at least two suspects were seen in possession of knives. The suspects were last seen fleeing the area on foot in a northerly direction from the intersection of Marshall St. and University Avenue.

No Syracuse University students were involved in this incident.

The Department of Public Safety asks for your help in identifying the suspects, if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. The only description available at this time is that the suspects are males between 20 and 30 years of age. No clothing or physical descriptions are available at this time.

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 Notice: Incident

On Sunday, September 10,2017, at approximately 2:29 a.m., DPS received a report of a stabbing that occurred at 167 Marshall St. The Syracuse Police Department and the Department of Public Safety are on the scene and investigating this incident. We ask that you stay away from the area, at this time and that you call DPS at 315.443.2224, should you have information regarding this incident. More information to follow.

Public Safety Update: Robbery

On Friday, December 8, 2017, at approximately 9:52 p.m., a student reported, while walking in the 900 block of Comstock Avenue, they were approached by a dark colored vehicle containing four males. One of the males was in possession of a handgun and told the student to give him his money. The student gave the male his money. The vehicle then fled the scene in a northerly direction towards campus. No injuries were reported.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) asks for 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 and the vehicle: Male, 16 to 20 in age. The vehicle was a dark colored 4-door sedan. No further description for either.

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 Notice: Robbery

On Friday, December 8, at approximately 9:52 p.m. DPS received a report of a robbery that occurred at 900 block of Comstock Ave. The Syracuse Police Department and the Department of Public Safety are on the scene and investigating this incident. We ask that you stay away from the area, at this time and that you call DPS at 315.443.2224, should you have information regarding this incident. More information to follow.

Coin Ceremony for New Public Safety Officers

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, our six new Public Safety Officers took part in a coin ceremony during their respective roll calls as a way to officially welcome them to the department.

These officers recently completed 14 weeks of academy training followed by another 14 weeks of field Officer training.

Field Officer training pairs each Officer trainee with a seasoned Officer, giving them practical experience and hands on training.

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Coin Ceremony 2017, pictured (left to right): Stephens, Kratz* & Thompson
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Coin Ceremony 2017, pictured (left to right): Zarnowski*, Mrozienski, Bingham, & Mertz*
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Coin Ceremony 2017, pictured (left to right): Hartnett, Lebaron, Mrozienski, Young*, MacMaster*, Franco*, & Chief Maldonado

 

*indicates challenge coin recipient

 

10 Tips to Help You Shop Safely

Planning on starting your holiday shopping while home for Thanksgiving break? Keep these tips in mind to help you stay safe!

An abstract view from the bottom of a shopping cart, black and white photograph. Credit cc flickr user r.nial.bradshaw

  1. Do not buy more than you can carry. Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  2. Shop online only from companies you know and trust. Check a company’s background if you are not familiar with it. Remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is!
  3. Save all receipts. Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases. Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
  4. Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as one-time or multi-use disposable credit cards or money orders, especially at online stores and auction sites.
  5. Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook. An enterprising thief would love to “shoulder surf” to get your account information.
  6. Deter pickpockets. Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  7. Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  8. Do not leave packages or other valuables visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
  9. Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package. The same applies if you are using mass transit.
  10. If you are shopping with children, make a plan in case you get separated. Select a central meeting place and make sure they know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.

Internal Affairs/Professional Standards Investigations 2016

For the 2016 calendar year, the Department of Public Safety conducted a total of seven (7) internal investigations.

Six (6) involved sworn personnel

One (1) involved non-sworn personnel

Of the seven (7) complaints investigated, 4 were sustained and 3 were unsubstantiated

As a result of these complaints, three (3) sworn employees were disciplined;

  • One (1) received a letter of reprimand, suspension and last chance agreement
  • One (1) received a letter of reprimand and suspension
  • One (1) resigned prior to completion of IA investigation. Complaint was not criminal in nature.
  • Non-sworn IA investigation (1) resulted in a written reprimand and retraining.

Three (3) complaints were unsubstantiated.  However, during the course of the IA investigation unrelated deficiencies were discovered in two (2) cases and appropriate coaching was completed.

Review of the IA investigations revealed officers are still growing accustom to the BWC’s.  Retraining has been has been completed at roll calls.  And a plan to incorporate training during yearly In Service and at Firearm Qualifications has been prepared.  There were no other trends, policy, or training issues discovered.

 

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

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.