Department of Public Safety

Law Enforcement and Community Policing

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) includes the campus police force serving the Syracuse University campus and University-controlled properties in Syracuse, New York. The Department employs 42 Public Safety Officers and 14 supporting Community Services Officers who are stationed around campus and patrol the surrounding community. Public Safety Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and the DPS emergency call center is also available around the clock to address our community’s safety and security needs.All of DPS’s Public Safety Officers are required to successfully complete a certified campus peace officer or police academy, which includes more than 24 weeks of physical, academic, and practical training, a three-month Field Training Program, and a 13-week evaluation period. Our Public Safety Officers carry firearms when on duty, and complete firearms proficiency trainings twice every year.

Fire and Life Safety

Fire and Life Safety is now a part of the Department of Public Safety, responsible for maintaining a safe and healthy environment for the campus community by performing fire safety inspections and audits of student housing facilities, common areas, south campus apartments, academic and administrative buildings, and mechanical spaces in residence halls. Fire and Life Safety also responds to fire alarms on the Syracuse University campus in partnership with the City of Syracuse Fire Department (SFD) which is an Insurance Services Office (ISO) class 1 fire department.

Emergency Management 

As a unit in the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management is responsible for development, implementation, and maintenance of policies and programs related to general emergency preparedness and business continuity planning for the University. This includes the coordination and integration of activities necessary to build, sustain and improve the capabilities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, or mitigate against threatened or actual disasters or emergencies impacting campus. Coordination is among University departments, as well as local first responder and emergency support organizations.

Environmental Health and Safety Services

The primary objectives of EHSS are to provide environmental health and safety information to the University campus community, to provide guidance on regulations, and to administer programs which ensure regulatory compliance. Services provided by EHSS include: responding to environmental inquiries, spills, and emergencies; providing environmental health and safety related training sessions; and conducting compliance inspections within the work place. Environmental Health and Safety Services (EHSS) is dedicated to helping create a safe and secure campus environment that is conducive to education, research, life, and work.

Global Safety and Support

With a long standing commitment to international scholarship and engagement, Syracuse University actively promotes global travel and study beyond our main campus in Central New York. In support of that engagement, a complex world demands thoughtful planning before engagement and diligent preparation to support members of the University community should they experience distress. Global Safety and Support serves as an expert consultant for institutional travelers and assists in preparing constituents to safely pursue scholarship and study both abroad and at University-operated sites in New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. Further, IDTSS serves as the principal coordinator of University efforts to support faculty, staff, and students that may experience difficulties while pursuing institutional objectives away from the main campus.

Parking and Transit Services

Parking Services works to provide the best possible customer support to students, faculty, staff, and visitors by maximizing utilization of available parking spaces, providing a clean, safe and friendly parking environment, and by accommodating campus parking needs and growth. Parking Services offers a series of shuttles for students and staff, as well as handling the purchases of parking passes for lots on University property.

Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance Services

The mission of Risk Management is to effectively address the University’s liability, financial, operational, compliance, and reputational risks in support of the University’s student focused vision and strategic planning. Insurance, pandemic planning, policy and procedures, property and liability, vehicles and workers compensation fall under Risk Management’s portfolio.

Video Access Security Technology Team (VASTT)

The Video Access Security Technology Team (VASTT) coordinates the installation, maintenance, and operation of a variety of specific forms of campus security technology. This includes the campus-wide Video Security System (VSS) and the Electronic Card Access System. Additionally, the team supports the Public Safety Officer and Parking Attendant Body-Worn Camera program and other Information Technology projects for the division. The VASTT mission is to support the safety and security of the campus community by implementing cost-effective, efficient, and state-of-the-art security technology systems.