On October 1, 2013 our Security Department entered a new era with the graduation and deployment of twenty five newly sworn and trained peace officers. To reflect this change, we have renamed ourselves the University of Rochester Department of Public Safety. This new name represents the increased service and level of protection that both our sworn and non-sworn officers can now provide to our University community. With the graduation of twenty six more officers in March of this year, we now have a total of fifty one sworn peace officers. We have received tremendous support in making this transition from all levels of the University and within the ranks of Rochester area Law Enforcement agencies. Many members of our department have contributed countless hours of their time and talent to ensure a smooth and professional transition to this new role.
In December of 2013 I assumed the role of Director of Public Safety. Having worked side-by-side with these incredibly dedicated men and women for the past two years, I know first-hand how hard they work and how seriously they take their jobs. They know that their first priority, every day, is to provide a safe environment for faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors. I truly believe you won't find a better, more professional university public safety department anywhere.
As the University continues to grow, the Department of Public Safety will also grow and adapt to any new challenges that may arise. We are currently working on our headquarters building expansion, computer aided dispatch, installation of mobile data terminals, increased training for all of our members, and fine-tuning the policies and procedures that will make us the most effective agency we can be. We will continue to work closely with the University community, as well as with our own membership on key projects. There are many exciting new opportunities ahead, but the strength of our department has always been the high-caliber individuals that work as part of public safety team. I feel lucky and privileged to lead this department at such an exciting time.
The Department of Public Safety serves an active community of over 25,000 students, faculty and staff. Each year, we receive more than 300,000 calls for service - an average of over 800 a day. Our officers provide services to more than 75,000 of these callers and file approximately 8,000 incident reports a year.
Public Safety officers patrol University properties - including the River Campus, Medical Center, South Campus, and Eastman School - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to responding to emergencies - fires, accidents, and physical crimes - Public Safety staff provide a wide range of non-emergency services including crime prevention training and awareness; distribution of "Safety Alert Bulletins"; victim and witness support; personal safety escorts; door openings for lockouts; routine building and area checks; security surveys of office space or building renovations; landscaping and exterior lighting evaluations; and lost and found property storage.
- Protect people at the University.
- Inform our community about security issues, personal safety measures, and protective strategies.
- Prevent disruption of University activities and misuse of premises.
- Protect University and personal property against theft or abuse.
- Provide a visible, reassuring, and readily accessible presence.
- Foster beneficial community relations