Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
On behalf of the team in the Department of Public Safety (DPS), we hope everyone is having a good first week of classes. It has been so nice to meet folks on campus, and I am excited for my first fall semester at Syracuse University.
If you haven’t yet, please take a moment to review the email that was sent earlier this week focusing on important safety resources and services from our department. There was a great deal of important information included. In addition to that email, I have several updates to provide today, including the following:
- Orange Safe App Now Available for Download
- Lock Doors and Windows
- Peace Officer Academy Update
- Community Police Academy
- Monthly Bias Update
Orange Safe App Now Available for Download
We have officially launched the new Orange Safe app! This mobile safety app will replace Rave Guardian, which will officially be decommissioned on Friday, Sept. 23. Orange Safe is a free app that provides several tools designed to keep you safe. Users can stay connected and receive important campus notifications, communicate with campus safety, and gain access to resources needed most. To learn more and download today, visit our website at dps.syr.edu.
Lock Doors and Windows
As shared in the public safety informational notice earlier this week, off-campus neighborhoods continue to experience burglaries. To date, there have been no reported incidents where forced entry occurred; the alleged burglars have entered properties through unlocked windows and doors. Officers in DPS and with the Syracuse Police Department went door to door this week to share safety-related information to our off-campus students.
Peace Officer Academy Update
Our eight campus peace officer academy recruits are nearing the end of their instruction. Since our last update in June, much of their instruction has focused on combined classroom and hands-on learning and included the following topics:
- emergency vehicle operation,
- traffic enforcement,
- person in crisis,
- New York State use of force,
- emergency medical preparedness,
- firearms, and
- field sobriety testing.
They still have five weeks of instruction left. Follow along on the DPS Instagram account: @SyracuseDPS.
Community Police Academy
It is not too late to submit your applications for our very first Community Police Academy. This is a free four-week program designed to give eligible students, faculty and staff an idea of what it’s like to protect and serve our campus community. For the Fall 2022 semester, the classes will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Lyman Hall, Room 020, on the following dates:
- Wednesday, Oct. 5
- Wednesday, Oct. 12
- Wednesday, Oct. 19
- Wednesday, Oct. 26
To learn more and apply, visit our website at dps.syr.edu.
Monthly Bias Update
There are no new updates to share. As a reminder, if we do have additional updates, we will update the chart on our website and share any developments in this monthly email.
It is also never too late to come forward with information. You can call DPS at 315.443.2224 or submit information anonymously via the Silent Witness tool. In addition, to report a bias incident or to receive support, visit the STOP Bias website.
Have a great holiday weekend.
Chief Craig Stone
Department of Public Safety