As the University of Rochester continues to grow, so too do the responsibilities for the Department of Public Safety. We continuously work and train to deliver the professional level of service that our university and hospital communities have come to expect. We now have over fifty sworn peace officers. Classes to start in October of 2015, and July of 2016, will certify another 25 of our incumbent pubic safety officers as sworn peace officers. All of these officers will receive over 400 hours of additional training at the Monroe County Public Safety Training Facility.
With the tremendous support of President Joel Seligman and the Board of Trustees, we have implemented a number of technological projects that will greatly enhance the safety and security of our community. A new computer aided dispatch and records management system, along with laptop computers in our patrol vehicles, has modernized the way in which we dispatch and respond to calls for service. Officers now spend more time where they need to be - out on patrol and visible to students, staff and patients.
Our Public Safety Officers, both sworn and non-sworn, are dedicated to keeping the entire university safe. By working closely with our partners in the Medical Center, on the River Campus, and at the Eastman School of Music, we strive to be a part of the fabric of the University and the greater Rochester community that surrounds us.
We in the Department of Public Safety think and act proactively. Building relationships, forging partnerships and anticipating the needs of each campus are the most effective ways to serve our community and resolve situations before they become larger problems. You will see our officers in meetings, at events, serving on committees, and out on walking, bicycle, and vehicle patrols. Every day we strive to do our best. Your safety is, and always will be, our primary goal. That is our promise to you.
Lastly, on a personal note, the entire Department of Public Safety extends best wishes for a long and healthy retirement to Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ronald J. Paprocki, his wife Cathy and his family. With his vision and leadership the safety and security of our University has been, and will remain, a top priority.
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