University Holds ‘Implicit Bias’ Training for Department of Public Safety and CNY Law Enforcement

As part of an ongoing effort to increase cultural competency, improve understanding of issues related to diversity and inclusion, and provide professional growth opportunities for campus and community law enforcement officers, the Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services will host “implicit bias” training on Tuesday, Nov. 22, for all officers and supervisors within the Department of Public Safety as well as Central New York law enforcement agencies. This training will be conducted by Bryant T. Marks Sr., minister, researcher, master teacher and human developmentalist.

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Public Safety Notice: Off-Campus Robbery

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

Off Campus Robbery (Date Issued: 11/14/16 SPD Case # 16-537760)

On Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016 at 12:48 p.m. a student reported that an unknown person entered his residence located in the 700 block of Walnut Avenue. The suspect approached the student with a box cutter displayed and demanded proceeds. The student pushed the suspect away fled the residence. The student then contacted the SPD and DPS. The suspect fled the residence in an unknown direction of travel with no proceeds.

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 suspect: Suspect is a male, 14-16 years of age 5’4”-5’6” in height, thin build, clean shaven, short black hair. No further description.

For an interactive map of the incident location, refer to the Campus Alerts 2016 Google Map link at:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zKhNvJ3lHS7I.kSfF7Lb8atLc&usp=sharing

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, available at http://publicsafety.syr.edu/html/silent_witness.html

FOR YOUR SAFETY, PLEASE REMEMBER:

• After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more information about these services.
• Take advantage of the CENTRO and Birnie Bus services. Taxi services are also available.
• Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.
• Plan your walking travel times by avoiding late to early morning hours.
• Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen. Headphones and cell phones can create tunnel vision.
• Travel in well-lit and populated areas. Keep porch lights on at night.
• Download the LiveSafe app on your Android or iOS smart phone. The app provides a virtual escort feature you can use with friends and quick links to important public safety information. Set the app to Syracuse University and sign up with your syr.edu email address!
• Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you.
• If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.
• Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
• Know where campus blue light alarms are and how to use them.
• If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life.
• If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.

IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police dial 911.

Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

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

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.

Public Safety Notice: Attempted Robbery

For the protection and safety of SU students the Department of Public Safety releases the following information: Attempted Robbery (Date Issued: 11/9/16)

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at about 5:45 PM, the SPD & DPS responded to 727 South Crouse Avenue (Komachi Restaurant and store) in response to an attempted robbery complaint. A student reported that the suspect entered the location and produced a noted that read “I am now doing a robbery, give me your money.”  The suspect displayed a folding pocket knife.  The suspect was not given any money and fled the scene in a northerly direction towards CVS drugstore.  There were no injuries reported.

The DPS asks for your help in identifying a suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspect:  The suspect is described being a male approximately 5’6-6’ wearing a black windbreaker and black hoodie, with a black pants.

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents or has been a victim of such incident, 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, available at http://publicsafety.syr.edu/html/silent_witness.html

FOR YOUR SAFETY, PLEASE REMEMBER:

  • After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more information about these services.
  • Secure unattended property
  • Take advantage of the CENTRO and Caz Limo bus services. Taxi services are also available.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen.
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.
  • Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life.
  • If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.
  • Lock your car doors and windows.
  • Download and use the LiveSafe app to report any suspicious activity.

IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police dial 911.

Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

Public Safety Notice Update: Arrests Made in Off-Campus Strong-Arm Robbery

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

Arrests Made in Off-Campus Strong-Arm Robbery – SPD Case # 16-490551

This is an update to the Off Campus Strong-Arm Robbery Public Safety Notice issued on October 7, 2016 (SPD Case # 16-490551).

The Syracuse Police Department has arrested six individuals relating to the most recent incident occurring in the Remington and Thurber Avenue areas. These individuals were also alleged to be responsible for other crimes in that area.

Syracuse University Department of Public Safety encourages and reminds the campus community to report all crimes to the Syracuse Police Department (315.442.5222) or to Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (315.443.2224). If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, please use the Silent Witness tool, available at: http://publicsafety.syr.edu/html/silent_witness.html

IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 315.443.2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police dial 911.

Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

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

 

Halloween Safety Tips

When celebrating Halloween this year, be smart! Here are a few tips to keep you safe and sane this Halloween:

  • Stay in groups – This is an obvious tip, but it is important enough to be reiterated. Sticking with a group of friends is definitely the safest thing you can do. Never leave a party without at least one other person and never let friends go off by themselves. There is always safety in numbers, and that’s even more important on crazy weekends like Halloween. Remember, no one left behind!
  • Keep your phone with you (and charged)! – Don’t leave your phone in a bag somewhere or give it to someone else to hold. If you do get separated, you will need it to call someone for help. Make sure it’s charged, so that you are able to use it should you need to. A dead phone isn’t going to help anybody. Put an emergency number in your cell phone such as SU Public Safety (315.443.2224), your friend’s and maybe even your friend’s roommate. If you get lost or separated, you’ll want to know who to call. Also, carry your cell phone on you at all times. Think about costume choice, is there a place for your phone, if not, wear something under your costume that can securely hold your phone.
  • Set limits and stick to them – No one likes to hear this tip, but it’s always smart to set limits on how much you drink. It’s a good way to make sure that you don’t go too overboard and end up in a sticky situation. If of legal drinking age, don’t leave your drink unattended, and never accept a drink from someone you don’t know. The point is to have fun, not be the drunkest one at the party. Plus your friends want to have fun too, not be your babysitter.
  • Party location – If you find yourself at a party where you don’t know a lot of people or the crowd seems sketchy, grab your friends and get out. Call it a night or go to a party with more of your friends and people you know.
  • Hosting a party – Know who is at your house, be responsible when serving alcoholic beverages, and make sure you have non-alcoholic beverages for those under 21 years of age. Monitor!!!
  • Look up campus escort numbers 315.443.SAFE (7233) – Have those numbers before you go out and save them in your phone in case you need them.
  • Have the number of a taxi company – Although it sucks to have to pay for a cab, the price is small compared to what could happen if you tried to walk alone or got lost. Just like the safe escort number, keep a taxi company number stored in your phone as well. Sometimes the safety escort number gets backed up with so many calls, especially on a weekend like Halloween. If this happens, you will be ready with a backup that can get you home safely. There’s always the bus transportation on campus as well.
  • Costumes – For the safety of yourself and others, don’t wear a costume that includes anything that could be confused with a real weapon. Don’t wear anything that could be taken as impersonating a police officer, and don’t wear anything too risqué. Remember, the goal of your costume isn’t to make it scary-short or scary-revealing… just scary! Be sensitive of others when choosing a costume or painting your face.
  • Suspicious activity – If you see something, say something! If you see something or someone that is suspicious, call it into DPS or 911 and be prepared to provide the necessary information so the agency can investigate the incident.
  • ID – Carry some form of identification on you at all times, should you become ill or injured and unable to identify who you are, authorities will need to know who to contact in case of an emergency.

No matter what your plans are this Halloween, remember these safety tips and you’re sure to have a fun and safe weekend.

New DPS Video

The International Association of Chief’s of Police featured the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety’s Law Enforcement and Community Policing Section at their 2016 annual training conference and expo in October in San Diego as an example best practices in collaboration for its relationship with the Syracuse Police Department and as a model for community oriented policing on a University campus.  The video was displayed on several large screens during five days the conference for the 16,000 attendees to view.

Public Safety Notice: Attempted Robbery

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

Attempted Robbery (Date Issued: October 12, 2016 SPD Case # 16-496959)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at approximately 6:22 p.m. – 150 Stadium Place. A student reported an attempted robbery on campus.  A student while in her vehicle was approached in the Stadium parking lot located at 150 Stadium Place by an unknown male who told the student to give him the keys to her vehicle or he would harm her.  The student screamed for help and the male then fled the scene on foot in a westerly direction away from campus.  No injuries reported. No weapon was displayed.

DPS asks for your help in identifying a suspect if you were in the vicinity at the time of the incident. For this purpose, the following is the description of the suspect: Male, mid 20’s, 5’10” tall, medium build, short brown hair, shaved eyebrows (with 3 slits in each brow), wearing a red shirt and black jeans. No further description.

For an interactive map of the incident location, refer to the Google Map link at:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uzS6goH3aX9H7S_wyzccWKv5x3s&usp=sharing

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, available at http://publicsafety.syr.edu/html/silent_witness.html.

FOR YOUR SAFETY, PLEASE REMEMBER:

  • After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more information about these services.
  • Take advantage of the CENTRO and Birnie Bus services. Taxi services are also available.
  • Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.
  • Plan your walking travel times by avoiding late to early morning hours.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen. Headphones and cell phones can create tunnel vision.
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas. Keep porch lights on at night.
  • Download the LiveSafe app on your Android or iOS smart phone. The app provides a virtual escort feature you can use with friends and quick links to important public safety information. Set the app to Syracuse University and sign up with your syr.edu email address!
  • Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.
  • Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.
  • Know where campus blue light alarms are and how to use them.
  • If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life.
  • If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.

IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police dial 911.

Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

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

Safety at Syracuse University: A Message from Chief Bobby Maldonado

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Last night, around 11 p.m. a shooting occurred in the City of Syracuse, near the Syracuse University campus, in the 600 block of Walnut Avenue.  The Syracuse City Police were on the scene when the incident occurred and there was no active threat to the University community.

Because there was no active threat, the Orange Alert system was not activated. As the Chief of Public Safety at Syracuse, I have determined that this was appropriate and consistent with protocol. An Orange Alert is only utilized for situations in which there is an immediate threat of physical harm to members of the campus community.

In this situation, there was no ongoing threat to the campus and the incident began and ended within minutes, as our Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers arrived minutes later. Later in the evening, after working with the Syracuse City Police, DPS issued a campus wide email reiterating there was no threat to the campus from the incident.  To learn more about our Orange Alert system, please visit our website. There, you can also learn how to review and modify your contact information.

However, I do recognize the incident’s proximity to our campus is concerning. As Chief of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) my chief priority is and always will be the safety and well-being of each member of our campus community.

Last night’s events were unsettling and I want to remind you that a variety of counseling services are available. Students, for 24 hours a day, seven days a week counseling support, please contact the Counseling Center at 315.443.4715. Additional services are also provided by the Office of Student Assistance, Monday through Friday, by calling 315.443.4357. For faculty and staff, assistance is available through Carebridge, the University’s Faculty and Staff Assistance Program. Trained clinicians answer the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at 800.437.0911.

Sincerely,

Chief Bobby Maldonado

Department of Public Safety

Public Safety Notice: Off-Campus Strong Armed Robbery

Friday, October 7, 2016 at approximately 7:15 p.m. – 184 Remington Ave

A student reported a strong-arm robbery that occurred off campus. The student reports after entering his off campus apartment building at 184 Remington Ave. when he was approached by three unknown males in his building. One of the suspects demanded the student give him his money. One of the suspects then forcibly removed the student’s wallet from his pants pocket and removed the cash and returned the wallet to the student. The suspects attempted to steal his cell phone but were unsuccessful. The suspects fled the scene on foot exiting the building in an unknown direction of travel. The student was not injured. There was no threat of a weapon. 

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:

3 Males, 16 to 17 years of age, one suspect had on an orange short sleeve t-shirt, 5’ 7” tall, husky build, short black hair, no further description available.

For an interactive map of the incident location, refer to the Campus Alerts 2016 Google Map link at:
                https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&authuser=0&mid=1uzS6goH3aX9H7S_wyzccWKv5x3s

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, available at http://publicsafety.syr.edu/html/silent_witness.html

FOR YOUR SAFETY, PLEASE REMEMBER:

After dark, take advantage of the free safety escort services available through the Department of Public Safety. Both walking and shuttle services are available to students, staff, and faculty at SU or SUNY-ESF. Call 443-SAFE (7233) for more information about these services.

Take advantage of the CENTRO and Birnie Bus services. Taxi services are also available.

Walk, bike or jog in groups of three or more, away from bushes, cars, and other objects a suspect could hide behind.

Plan your walking travel times by avoiding late to early morning hours.

Be aware of your surroundings: look and listen. Headphones and cell phones can create tunnel vision.

Travel in well-lit and populated areas. Keep porch lights on at night.

Download the LiveSafe app on your Android or iOS smart phone. The app provides a virtual escort feature you can use with friends and quick links to important public safety information. Set the app to Syracuse University and sign up with your syr.edu email address!

Don’t approach strangers or let them get close to you.

If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. Go toward an open business or lighted house.

Have your house or car keys in hand before you reach your door.

Know where campus blue light alarms are and how to use them.

If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist. Give up your property, not your life.

If you are in a safe place to do so, attempt to get a description of the suspect(s) and any associated vehicles or license plate numbers.

IMMEDIATELY report emergencies or suspicious activities, persons and vehicles.

For Public Safety dial 443-2224 or #78 (from a cell phone); if you are in a situation where you cannot safely make a phone call, send a text message to 711@syr.edu; for Syracuse Police dial 911.

Your quick reporting may help prevent others from becoming victims.

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