July 2023 Updates From the Department of Public Safety

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

It is hard to believe our campus will be welcoming you all back in just a few short weeks. I’m very proud of our Department of Public Safety (DPS) team for all the work being done in preparation for the fall semester.

I have several important topics I would like to address with you this month in our update, including the following:

  • Welcome Back
  • Peace Officer Academy Update
  • Youth Leadership Camp
  • Employee of the Month
  • Monthly Bias Update

Welcome Back

With students (new and returning), faculty and staff arriving in the coming weeks, I want to remind the campus community that our DPS staff is here to assist in any way we can. Whether you see our officers at an event, on the Quad or in passing, feel free to ask them any questions or just say hello!

We know that the beginning of the semester can be stressful, and we will be on the lookout to help whenever possible. I urge all of you to download the Orange Safe app and follow us on social media in advance of your return to campus to receive all of the latest updates from DPS.

Peace Officer Academy Update

Our latest peace officer academy is nearing its conclusion. Five new recruits are slated to graduate at the end of this week and will then begin their field training. They will work side-by-side with veteran DPS officers before embarking on solo patrol duties to serve the campus community.

I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of this group on Friday. To see updates as the academy wraps up, please follow our Instagram page: @SyracuseDPS.

Youth Leadership Camp

Our first annual Youth Leadership Camp recently wrapped up. This collaboration between Syracuse University DPS and the Syracuse City School District Career and Technical Education program brought rising ninth graders to campus for four days. The students participated in an expansive curriculum, including learning sessions that focused on life, career and education skills. The group also got out of the classroom to tour campus, see the athletics facilities, use the esports gaming room, try virtual reality law enforcement scenarios and learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all our guest instructors who took time out of their schedules to work with this group and the Office of Community Engagement and Government Relations for partnering with us in this endeavor. Our staff at DPS did an exceptional job planning the camp and they are already thinking of ways to expand the program as we plan for next summer.

Employee of the Month: June 2023

I am pleased to share that Officer John Mazurowski has been selected as our June 2023 Employee of the Month.

Officer Mazurowski is being recognized for his exceptional work in response to a burglary alarm in which a suspect was taken into custody without further incident. His efforts kept the situation contained and avoided escalation that could have put others at risk. Congratulations to Officer Mazurowski!

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.

Look forward to seeing you all soon!


Chief Craig A. Stone
Department of Public Safety