The University of Rochester Department of Public Safety takes great pride in the services we provide to our community. We never forget that our primary mission is to provide a safe environment in which to work, study or visit one of our many academic/medical facilities and offices. We work every day to build new relationships with staff, faculty, students and visitors, as we strive to strengthen the many existing relationships we have developed over the years. Continuous improvement through training is a high priority for our department. We are certainly aware of the national issues and discussions concerning race and policing practices. Though our department accepts nothing less than equal treatment for all, and our officers have a strong appreciation for the diversity of our community, we have completed, or are in the process of presenting, a series of department wide training blocks on diversity, racial bias, inherent bias and de-escalation. In September of 2016 we graduated our most diverse and highly qualified class of newly recruited officers, which includes officers proficient in Mandarin, Cantonese, Patois, and Spanish languages. We are also beginning the process to become a nationally accredited campus public safety department with the International Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators.
We are committed to being the most professional, well trained campus public safety department in the country. The officers in the Department of Public Safety truly care about this entire community, and are dedicated to providing a safe environment for the many truly talented individuals who work and study here, as well as those who seek the benefits of all that this University has to offer.
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