DPS News

Public Safety Update: Scene Clear Near 415 Small Road

The scene is now clear near 415 Small Road. No injuries have been reported at this time. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Syracuse Police Department (SPD) will continue to investigate this incident. We will provide an additional update as information becomes available.

If you have any information related to this event, please contact DPS at 315.443.2224 or SPD at 315.442.5222.

Public Safety Update

The Syracuse Police Department (SPD) and Syracuse University Department of Public Safety (DPS) are both still on scene in the area of 415 Small Road regarding the shots report that occurred around 8:54 p.m. tonight, December 1, 2021.

We ask that everyone continue to stay clear of this area for the time being and that if anyone has information or witnessed this incident, please call DPS at (315) 443-2224 or SPD at (315) 442-5111. Thank you again for your cooperation. More information to follow.

Public Safety Notice Gunshots

On Wednesday, December 1, 2021, 8:54 p.m., the Onondaga County Emergency 911 Center received a report of gunshots near the area of 415 Small Rd. The Department of Public Safety and the Syracuse Police Department are investigating. Stay away from the area until further notice. If you have any information related to this event contact DPS at 315.443.2224. More information to follow.

November 2021 Updates from DPS

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

This will be our last message for 2021 and it will be the last time you will hear from me in this forum, as I am officially retiring on Dec. 31, 2021. It has been my honor to lead the Department of Public Safety (DPS), as your chief. I am grateful to all members of DPS, who do the best they can each and every day to keep our community safe. I am fortunate to have enjoyed the support of the Syracuse University community throughout my tenure and will miss you all. May you have a happy and healthy holiday season.

In this month’s email, I will be highlighting the following:

  • Securing Your Living Space Before Break
  • Community Review Board
  • Download the Rave Guardian Safety Mobile App
  • Monthly Bias Update

Securing Your Living Space Before Break

As you finish up the semester and get ready to head home for a longer break, please make sure that you lock the doors and windows to your residence. During the fall semester, we had several incidents where the suspects entered properties through suspected unlocked windows and doors. We did not see any incidents where forced entry had occurred. Consider bringing your valuable items home with you or making sure you are leaving them in secure places—not out in the open. The Department of Public Safety will still be here to patrol while you are gone but it is important that you take these proactive measures to keep your belongings and residence safe.

Community Review Board

Earlier this month, the formation of the Community Review Board (CRB) was announced. The board is chaired by Brianna Sclafani, student in the College of Law and graduate student in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Other members of the CRB are the following:

  • Yusuf S. Abdul-Qadir, Graduate Student, School of Information Studies
  • Guilherme Maurell Costa, Senior Associate Vice President and Deputy University Secretary, Office of the Board of Trustees
  • Liz Green, Executive Director, Online Student Success, Vice-Chair
  • Keith L. Henderson, Chief Compliance Officer, Office of University Counsel
  • Theresa A. Jenkins, Academic Advisor, Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Milton R. Laufer, Director and Associate Professor, School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Alexandra Zoey Pollack, Undergraduate Student, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • David J. Williams, Undergraduate Student, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Corrinne B. Zoli, Research Faculty, Forensic Science Institute

In addition to these 11 members, it was also announced that Bethaida “Bea” González, former vice president for community engagement, special assistant to the chancellor and dean of University College, will be senior advisor to the CRB and Melvin “Tony” Perez, former chief of public safety for Monroe Community College, will be the CRB’s expert law enforcement consultant.

The CRB will be responsible for reviewing appeals of civilian complaints regarding DPS officer conduct. Additionally, the CRB is tasked with reviewing and commenting on prospective new DPS policies, procedures and trainings; reviewing key community-facing functions of DPS; and issuing to the University community a public annual report of findings and recommendations.

Even though the CRB is completely independent of DPS, our team here welcomes the feedback from the board going forward.

Download the Rave Guardian Safety Mobile App

Have you downloaded the Rave Guardian app yet? It acts as a mobile blue light, right in the palm of your hand! This app replaced the LiveSafe app but still offers all the same features, including easily connecting with emergency resources, safety timers, anonymous tip reporting and quick access to critical resources. Please download this important app today! For more information about the app, including frequently asked questions, visit dps.syr.edu.

Monthly Bias Update

Since my communication last month, I have no new updates to share on the status of our investigations. As we do have updates, we will update our chart on the 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, submit information anonymously via the Silent Witness tool or the Rave Guardian mobile app. In addition, to report a bias incident or to receive support, visit the Stop Bias website.

I wish you all the best in all your future endeavors. It has been a pleasure to serve the Syracuse University community.

Sincerely,
Chief Bobby Maldonado

Beyond the Badge: DPS Officer Grateful for Opportunity to Support Black Reign Step Team as Advisor

As the library operations coordinator for the Department of Public Safety (DPS), Officer George Wazen believes that sincerity, compassion and understanding are the keys to successfully engaging with the students he oversees as part of the library student floor monitoring program.

While he has many responsibilities, including providing security services for Bird Library, Belfer Audio Archives, Carnegie Library and the University Libraries’ facilities, Wazen’s favorite part is supervising the operational and administrative aspects of the floor monitoring program.

To read the full story, visit news.syr.edu.

Public Safety Update: Assault on Non-Affiliate Reported Near Ostrom and Euclid Avenues

On Sunday, Oct. 31, at approximately 2:52 a.m., an individual, with no affiliation to the University, was reportedly assaulted by a group of young teenagers, also not affiliated with the University. The incident occurred in the area of Ostrom and Euclid Avenues. The victim reported that, during the assault, one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a small black handgun. The suspects fled the area on foot and were last seen heading eastbound on Euclid Avenue. No injuries were reported.

Other than the suspects being described as young male teenagers, there is no further identifiable information at this time.

The Syracuse Police Department and the Department of Public Safety are actively reviewing security camera footage. The investigation is active and ongoing.

If you were in the vicinity at the time and witnessed the incident, 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 or via the Rave Guardian app.

If you or someone you know has been affected by an incident on or near campus, please know that there are resources available to you. In addition, for your safety, please review these suggested safety strategies.

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

Public Safety Notice: General Incident

On Sunday, October 31, 2021 at approximately 02:52 a.m., the Onondaga County Emergency 911 Center received a report of an incident that occurred in the area of Ostrom Ave and Euclid 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.

South Campus Community Center Opens Today!

You’re Invited!

DPS South Campus Community Center Grand Opening

TODAY! Friday, Oct. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m.

121 Small Road, Apt. 8 (Look for the balloons!)

We will have snacks, giveaways, pet therapy dogs visiting & more! Stop by and say hello!