DPS News

Public Safety Update

On Sunday, September 19, 2021, at approximately 12:57 a.m., Syracuse University students living at University Village Apartments on South Campus observed a group, described as eight young male teenagers with no affiliation to the University, trying to break into apartments. The students confronted the group and apprehended one of the suspects, while the rest of the group took off. The students called Syracuse Police, who in turn alerted the Department of Public Safety.

While waiting for police to arrive, the students reported that the group returned to the property and threw rocks at the building and windows. The students attempted to apprehend the other suspects, but they fled the scene heading north away from campus through the backyards in the 1500 block of Westmoreland Avenue. One of the suspects reportedly fired a shot into the air while standing near the sidewalk in the 2000 block of East Colvin Street which is just north of the University Village Apartments.

When law enforcement arrived on the scene, the detained teenager was taken into police custody. A magazine for a handgun was located during a ground search of the area adjacent to South Campus. No injuries were reported, and no further description of the suspects is available.
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 the Rave Guardian mobile 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, September 19th 2021 at approximately 12:57 a.m. SPD received a report of an incident, possibly in the area of 415 Small Road. 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.

Public Safety Informational Notice

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is investigating a string of burglaries that have occurred recently on South Campus. The alleged burglars have entered properties and vehicles through unlocked windows and doors.

To enhance your safety and protect your personal space and belongings, we recommend taking the following steps:

-Lock all exterior doors and windows – even when you are home.
-Report all suspicious people, activity, and behavior immediately.
-Store valuable items in secure places and lock interior doors when you are out.
-Record serial numbers of electronic equipment.

If anyone has any information regarding these incidents or others, please contact the DPS at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool or 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.

August 2021 Updates From DPS

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Every month, I send a message to our community to provide important information from the Department of Public Safety (DPS). As we begin a new academic year, I have several updates to share specific to:

  • Progress Made Toward Implementing Recommendations by Loretta Lynch
  • Rave Guardian Mobile Safety App
  • DPS Safety Strategies
  • DPS Communications Processes
  • Monthly Bias Update

Loretta Lynch Progress Updates

Our team is continuing to implement recommendations made by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Currently, we have 70% of the recommendations complete. I want to highlight some of the progress that was made over the summer:

  • Our next Campus Peace Officer Academy will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 1.
  • The new DPS South Campus Community Center will open in the next few weeks. We are looking forward to welcoming students to visit us in this new space. Keep an eye out for more details about this.
  • The safety escort program is now managed by Parking and Transportation Services. Safety escort shuttles can be requested by calling 315.443.7433 (RIDE). To learn more about this new service, visit parking.syr.edu.
  • We have added important content to our website, including the following:
  • We have made updates to our campus safety brochure[PDF], which are available in print format in various offices across campus.
  • DPS staff completed in-service training, which included all elements and the definition of a hate crime, terminology and proper investigative steps needed up to conclusion.
  • Our team worked with Human Resources to update officer job descriptions and performance review templates to add evaluation elements of community policing other than community engagement, such as problem solving and procedural justice.

Download the Rave Guardian Safety Mobile App

Last spring, we introduced the Rave Guardian app. 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.

Safety Strategies

Our chief priority is your health, safety and well-being. Below are some actions you can take to protect yourself while at your residence, on campus or out in the community.

  • Always lock your windows and doors, even if you’re only going to be away from your room for a short period of time or while you’re sleeping at night. Criminals look for opportunities like an open window or unlocked door.
  • Keep your stuff with you! Never leave cell phones, laptops, wallets or other valuables out of your sight—it only takes a few seconds for someone to walk away with them.
  • Use a U-bolt locking device for your bicycle and register your bike with DPS.
  • Never walk alone. Most street crime incidents occur at night and usually involve students walking alone or with just one other person.
  • Connecting with DPS is as easy as opening an app on your smartphone. With Rave Guardian, you can call DPS or 911 in the event of an emergency; report tips, including pictures; or use the SafeWalk feature, which permits you to virtually share your location with friends as you walk to a destination. Download the app today!
  • Run. Hide. Fight.: In the event of an active shooter situation, it’s important to be prepared. We created a video for you to understand the importance of these three words: Run. Hide. Fight.

DPS Communications

Throughout the semester, you will receive DPS communications. For those of you who are new to our campus, we want to inform you of why, how and when you will receive these communications. For our returning community members, this serves as a reminder.

When we issue broad communications across the campus community:

  • When there is an active or imminent threat of physical danger to the campus community.
  • When there is an active crime scene on or immediately adjacent to the campus and we need community members to avoid the area.
  • When a perpetrator is at large on or immediately adjacent to the campus and we need the community’s help locating the individual.

When broad communications will not be issued:

  • When initial investigation into an incident indicates there is no continuing threat.
  • When another law enforcement agency has jurisdiction or is the lead investigator on an active case, and we have been directed not to issue a notice. That agency may communicate to the broader public and direct us to inform our community.
  • When communicating broadly will impede or jeopardize an active investigation. Please note: although it is our intention to communicate broadly any bias-related incident within 48 hours, we will always prioritize maintaining the integrity of an investigation, especially when we are following active leads.

Visit the DPS website to review additional information about how DPS uses emergency notification and public safety messages.

Monthly Bias Update

In each month’s message, I also provide updates on any incidents that occurred in the weeks prior. Today’s updates include:

July 10: A group of students reported being approached by a silver SUV. The occupants reportedly threw an egg that struck one of the students and shouted anti-Semitic language.

Update: DPS officers and detectives are still making efforts to identify the responsible individuals.

July 20: Flyers that contained language derogatory to Chinese and African American individuals found in Bird Library.

Update: As a result of DPS officers and detectives conducting interviews, reviewing recorded CCTV footage, and evaluating electronic data, a person of interest has been identified. This individual, who does not attend the University, will be barred from the campus.

Aug. 1: A student was walking on East Genesee Street when an unknown male reportedly approached them making derogatory statements about Asian individuals. The suspect also spat in the student’s direction.

Update: Since learning of the incident, DPS detectives canvassed the area businesses, conducted numerous interviews, reviewed CCTV footage and conducted surveillances in the area. As a result, a non-affiliate was identified as the responsible subject and interviewed. The party was interviewed and has been barred from the campus.

To report a bias incident, please contact DPS directly at 315.443.2224. If you would like to anonymously report NON-EMERGENCY information to DPS, you can use the Silent Witness tool or submit anonymous tips via the Rave Guardian app. Any bias-motivated incident reported to DPS will be posted on our public site, so that our campus community can remain informed. You can also report a bias incident and receive support through the STOP Bias website.

Sign up to subscribe to the bias incident reports.

I hope you find this information useful and valuable. I look forward to sharing more with you this semester and remember, don’t miss your opportunity to have lunch with me before I retire!

Sincerely,
Chief Bobby Maldonado

Public Safety Update

On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at approximately 12:43 a.m., a vehicle was stolen from an off-campus residence in the 900 block of Ackerman Ave. The vehicle, a black 2008 GMC Envoy was parked behind the house with its keys sitting inside. That’s when the suspects reportedly made off with it, colliding with houses on both sides of the driveway as they drove away. The vehicle was last seen heading north on Ackerman Ave.

The suspects are described as three males; no further description is available at this time. No injuries were reported.

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.

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 Incident

On Saturday August 28, 2021 at approximately 12:43 AM, DPS received a report of a Stolen Vehicle that occurred at Ackerman Ave and Stratford 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.

Message from DPS Chief Bobby Maldonado

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Earlier today, a Syracuse University student living on South Campus was arrested for possessing firearms. While the student has the appropriate gun permits, New York State law prohibits the carrying of firearms on college campuses.

As such, and thanks to the quick response of the Department of Public Safety and the Syracuse Police Department, the individual was taken into custody and has been placed on interim suspension. At this time, and per federal privacy laws, we are unable to provide any further details on this active investigation.

The safety and well-being of our campus community and our neighbors remains our top priority. Weapons are not welcome on our campus and anyone found to be in possession will face the appropriate disciplinary action.

Today’s successful apprehension is the result of an individual’s willingness to report suspicious activity. Maintaining a safe community is on all of us. I can’t stress it enough: if you see something suspicious, don’t wait, report it immediately. You can do this by calling DPS at 315.443.2224 or you can anonymously report non-emergency information to DPS through the Silent Witness tool or the Rave Guardian mobile app. And of course, you can always call 911.

Sincerely,

Chief Bobby Maldonado
Department of Public Safety

Department of Public Safety Transitions to New Safety App

As part of its ongoing commitment to campus safety, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) is transitioning to Rave Guardian, a free mobile app that turns any smartphone into a personal safety device. Rave Guardian will replace the LiveSafe app, which will no longer be available to Syracuse University users beginning Friday, Feb. 26.

Rave Guardian offers all of the same features that users have grown accustomed to, including reporting tips, having a friend or family member watch them safely walk across campus, quickly connecting with DPS or 911 and important campus links and phone numbers.

To learn more, visit news.syr.edu.