DPS News

Public Safety Informational Notice

The Department of Public Safety received this alert listed below from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Foresty (ESF) this evening. Please review the message and take the necessary precautions.

On Friday, April 19, 2019 at approximately 8:30 p.m., SUNY ESF UPD received a report of a robbery occurring in the Oakwood Cemetery involving 2 ESF students as victims.  Syracuse Police, S.U. DPS and SUNY ESF UPD responded to investigate.  The two students reported being approached by a group of approximately 5 black males while they were in Oakwood Cemetery.  The students say one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a handgun while the other suspects displayed what appeared to be knives.  


Thomas J. LeRoy Chief of Police


SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
6 Bray Hall
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
tjleroy@esf.edu
315-470-6667
 
This public safety information is issued for your safety in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Public Safety Update: Arrest Made

As a follow up to the February 9th assault that occurred at 814 Ackerman Avenue, the Syracuse Police Department today announced the arrest of a 15-year-old female. She was arrested and charged with two counts of assault in the second degree and one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree.

As always, we ask our community to remain vigilant to help keep our campus safe. To report a crime, 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.

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 Informational Notice: Ride Share Safety

Ride sharing services are growingly popular, especially on and around college campuses. In light of recent events involving ride sharing, the Department of Public Safety wants to remind our campus community about important safety tips to keep in mind when using these services:

  • Stay inside until you’re ready to go– Ride share services are simple to use and allow you to push a button to get a ride while you’re still indoors. You will be notified when your driver is arriving, so there is no need to wait outside.
  • Confirm driver details– After you request a ride, the app displays the driver’s name, photo, license plate, and car model in the app. When the car arrives, double check the information. Before you get in the car your driver should confirm your name. If not, you can ask the driver to provide his or her name and confirm it before getting in the vehicle.
  • Help your friends out – If you’re with someone requesting a ride with a ride share app who may be impaired, help them double check the driver and the car before they get in the vehicle. Or ride home together and split your fare.
  • Share your trip status– By using the share status/route feature, you can immediately share your trip and vehicle update with a friend or family member. Meeting up with friends? They can watch your trip in real-time to anticipate your arrival. Or share it with a friend or family member so they know you get home safely after a night out.
  • Use common sense– Ride share services are an easy way to make sure that everyone has a way to get home. There is no need to share personal information with your driver or fellow POOL riders. If something doesn’t feel right, follow your intuition. And if you ever feel you’re in an emergency situation, always call 911 or DPS immediately.

If you have additional questions about safety related tips while using ride share services, please contact our Crime Prevention Coordinator, Cleveland McCurty at cmccurty@syr.edu.

Public Safety Update: Robbery

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at approximately 7:21 p.m., a student reported being approached by two unknown males in the 400 block of Van Buren Street near the corner of Almond St. The student stated one of the males displayed what appeared to be a black handgun and demanded the student’s property. The student handed over food and money. The suspects fled the scene on foot, heading west on Burt Street, away from campus. No injuries were reported.

If you were in the vicinity at the time of this incident, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) asks for your help in identifying the suspects. Suspect #1 is described as male, 5’6”, 18-20 years old and wearing all dark clothing. Suspect #2 is described as male, 18-20 years old, 5’8”, heavier set, wearing all black clothing.

If you have 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.

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: Robbery

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at approximately 7:24 p.m., DPS received a report of a robbery that occurred at the 1200 block of Almond Street. 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 Informational Notice

On Monday, February 11, at 6:15 p.m., it was reported that an unknown male was found in the office of a faculty member at the Whitman School of Management. When observed, the male quickly left the area without incident. Besides the fact that this individual was trespassing on University property, no other crime was reported, at this time.

The male is described as 5’7” to 5’9”, thin build, 17 to 20 years of age, dressed in a puffy black coat, gray sweatshirt and sweatpants and was last seen leaving the west entrance of the building, toward University Avenue.

DPS detectives are actively investigating this incident. If you have information about this incident please contact the Department of Public Safety at 315.443.2224.

As a reminder, please keep in mind these safety strategies:

  • Always lock your windows and doors, even if you are only going to be away from your room or office for a short period of time.
  • Keep your personal belongings with you! Never leave cell phones, laptops, wallets or other valuables behind—it only takes a few seconds for someone to walk away with them.
  • If you see something suspicious, please report it to the Department of Public Safety.

Statement from Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado

Syracuse University is steadfast in its commitment to provide a safe campus environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We will continue to take strong measures to protect all members of our campus community. Acts of violence and intolerance of any kind, including those based on race, contradicts our values and will not be tolerated.

On Saturday, Feb. 9, our Department of Public Safety notified the campus community about a crime that occurred on Ackerman Avenue. The information provided in the public safety notice was, at the time, the most current account of the events. Because the incident occurred off campus, the City of Syracuse Police Department (SPD) is leading the investigation, which continues at this time. Our Department of Public Safety is working closely with SPD to apprehend those responsible for this crime and to prevent future occurrences. We are in frequent communication with the SPD and will provide updates to our campus community when they are available. Not all details can be released at this time because they may compromise the ongoing investigation.

When serious crimes occur on or nearby campus, we use public safety notices as a tool for communicating to our campus community, particularly if there is an active crime scene. The information in the public safety notice includes a brief and the most current description of the crime and the perpetrator as described by the victim or witnesses. Syracuse University does not identify a perpetrator’s race in these alerts in deference to previously expressed community concerns about racial profiling. We are constantly evaluating our practices and welcome input from our students, faculty and staff.

Syracuse University to Remain Open Today (Jan. 31, 2019)

After reviewing the most up-to-date National Weather Service data and following consultation with an independent meteorologist this morning, Syracuse University will remain open today (Thursday, Jan. 31). However, and as always, campus community members should be aware and take precautions when severe weather is in the area. For more information, visit news.syr.edu.

Nighttime Classes Canceled Today

Due to extreme cold temperatures forecasted for this evening through early tomorrow morning, with wind chills reaching as low as -30 degrees, Syracuse University has determined to cancel all nighttime classes as of 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Additionally, all University-sponsored events scheduled for this evening are canceled. The University otherwise remains open at this time. For more information, visit news.syr.edu.

Wind Chill Warning Issued, Bitterly Cold Temperatures Forecasted

Syracuse University is currently monitoring and assessing weather conditions for Wednesday, Jan. 30, and Thursday, Jan. 31. This effort includes reviewing the most up-to-date National Weather Service data and forecasting, and consulting with an independent meteorologist.

At this time, a Wind Chill Warning has been issued for Onondaga County. According to the National Weather Service, this means wind chills could get as low as -20 degrees by 6 p.m. and as low as -35 degrees by midnight on Thursday, Jan. 31. Snow squalls and wind gusts as high as 35 miles per hour are also expected.

Based on current conditions, the University expects to remain open and operational on Wednesday, Jan. 30. However, and as always, campus community members should be aware and take precautions when severe weather is in the area.

The University will continue to evaluate the forecast and anticipated conditions. If a change in the University’s operating status becomes necessary, it will be announced:

  • via campus email;
  • on the University’s campus Twitter account, @SUCampus;
  • on the University’s campus Facebook page, @SUCampus;
  • on news.syr.edu and syracuse.edu; and
  • via the Syracuse University radio station WAER-FM/88.3 and other local media outlets.

In anticipation of the frigid temperatures, Syracuse University’s Office of Health Services and the Department of Public Safety are reminding students, faculty and staff about steps they can take to stay safe, including:

  • Dress to stay warm and dry, including wearing a hat, a scarf or knit mask to cover your face and mouth, sleeves that are snug at the wrist, mittens (they are warmer than gloves), water-resistant coat and shoes, several layers of loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
  • Avoid ice. Take the time to carefully walk around icy ground. Choose footwear that will enable you to “get a grip.”
  • Be cautious about travel. Before driving, check for weather advisories. Avoid traveling on ice-covered roads if at all possible. If you must travel, try to travel with a friend, and take a cell phone with you.

Finally, if you’re traveling across campus, be aware of and take advantage of resources available to you:

To learn more about winter weather preparedness, visit the Department of Public Safety’s website or SU Health Services’ Winter Health page.

Public Safety Update: Assault

On Saturday, February 9, 2019, at approximately 12:40 a.m., three students reported being approached by an unknown female in the 800 block of Ackerman Avenue. The students say the female displayed what appeared to be a silver handgun and struck the students with the gun. The suspect fled the scene on foot, heading north on Ackerman Avenue towards Euclid Avenue. All three students sustained minor injuries and declined medical treatment.

If you were in the vicinity at the time of this incident, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) asks for your help in identifying the suspect. Female, early 20s, brown shoulder length hair, wearing a gray jacket and dark pants. No further description was provided.

If you have 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.

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: Assault

On Saturday, February 9, 2019 at approximately 12:40 a.m., DPS received a report of an assault that occurred at the 800 block of Ackerman Avenue. A handgun was possibly displayed. 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.