About Us

On behalf of all the members of Columbia University's Department of Public Safety, welcome to our website.

Jim McShane, Vice President, Columbia University Public Safety

Just as we are committed to making our campus and its surrounding environs as safe and secure as they can possibly be, so too are we committed to ensuring that your visit to our website is as hassle-free and informative as it can be. 

Whether you are looking for crime statistics or crime prevention tips, need to report a crime, or are seeking information on the Safe Haven, Blue Light, or Campus Escort programs, it is my sincere hope that you will find our website both informative and user friendly. 

We at Public Safety take pride in our professionalism, and strive to provide the best service we can to members of the Columbia community. That commitment to excellence extends to our website as well.  Please let us know how we are doing. We encourage and welcome your feedback, whether positive or negative, so that we may make improvements to the website where necessary, and continue to provide the level of service you expect and deserve.

Regards,

Jim McShane
Vice President
Columbia University Public Safety
 

Our Mission

The Mission of the Columbia University Department of Public Safety is to enhance the quality of life for the Columbia community by maintaining a secure and open environment where the safety of all is balanced with the rights of the individual. The Department strives to accomplish its mission while adhering to its core values of Pride, Professionalism, and Service.

The success of this mission depends upon an effective working relationship between Public Safety personnel and the diverse elements of the Columbia community, including students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Critical to this relationship is mutual respect. Therefore, we pledge to respect the needs and interests of the community we serve, and to be diligent and relentless in the protection of both persons and property.

In return, we ask that our partners in the community assume their individual and collective responsibilities to make Columbia University a place that is free of crime, fear, and disorder, and to provide a civil and open environment that fosters learning.