September 2021 - Welcome Back
Message from Vice President James F. McShane
Wishing everyone an enjoyable, healthy, and safe semester!

I am pleased to welcome you back to campus as we begin a new academic year of in-person learning. As we continue as a community to navigate through the challenges brought on by the pandemic, and recent increases in crime over the last 2 years, the Department of Public Safety’s commitment to maintaining the health and safety of the Columbia community remains as strong as ever. Please take a moment to read about some important Public Safety resources available to you here >>
What's Happening - Events
Attend FREE Self-Defense Class, 9/4/21, 10 AM - 12 PM 

Join Public Safety and the Shotokan Karate Club for a free self-defense class at the International House. 

As we prepare for the return to campus, the department will be hosting crime prevention programs and trainings to help keep you safe during your years at Columbia.
 View all upcoming events and register today for a Public Safety event or training.
Officer Recognition
Public Safety Officer’s Quick Response Helps Revive Male from Overdose

Officer Richard Castro’s quick response helped to revive an unaffiliated male near the Medical Center from an overdose. After being notified about the unresponsive individual, Castro quickly notified the Operations Desk to dispatch emergency responders and stayed onsite to assist a CUIMC doctor in the area who administered treatment.
Sergeants Find Quick Solution to Free Resident Trapped in Room

After receiving a call from a CU affiliate requesting immediate assistance to help a family member who was locked in their apartment bathroom due to a defective door lock, Sergeants Michael Rodriguez and Peter Plata immediately responded and, together with the building superintendent, were able to free the family member from the room without harm.
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Training and Development
Public Safety Partners with Vistelar to Enhance De-Escalation Skills Training for Public Safety Officers 

The online training with Vistelar will provide a more interactive learning platform and serve as a supplement to the comprehensive crisis management and de-escalation training already in place.
Safety and Crime Prevention Information

Schedule Your Appointment to Keep Your Bike Safe from Theft 

Public Safety offers security measures to keep your bike safe from theft. Register your bicycle with our FREE NYPD and Public Safety Operation ID Program. Discounted bike locks are also available. Email:

Avoid Job Scams

The art of fraud these days is to customize the pitch to the moment, and at this moment, millions of Americans are seeking jobs. The result, a surge in frauds linked to jobs and hiring.

Read: Crime Prevention Book

Whether you’re a seasoned New Yorker or “New” to NYC, check out the NYPD’s collection of Safety Tips for your Personal Safety and your property. 

Protect Your Computer, Your Information, and Your Online Files 

The internet offers access to a world of products and services, entertainment, and information. At the same time, it creates opportunities for scammers, hackers, and identity thieves. 

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Current Crime Information and Trends from the N.Y.P.D.
Every N.Y.P.D precinct has a Twitter feed containing important information. You can access this information for the various Columbia areas as follows: The N.Y.P.D. also maintains current crime data on its website. The data is updated weekly and is presented for all the 77 precincts in New York City. All of these resources can be accessed here.
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