Community

Columbia Public Safety is deeply committed to our values of Pride, Professionalism and Service. Our mission 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 safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priorities. Columbia’s campuses and the surrounding areas are safe and have an extremely low crime rate for an urban university. We achieve this by engaging everyone in the business of public safety. We value our partnership with the community, and welcome and value your input and ask for your support.

Training is an important component of our mission. Learn more about the comprehensive training all personnel receive including skills development, accountability and compliance, and first responder training.

To enhance communication, respect, and trust between Public Safety officers and our community, we have developed a brochure outlining your rights and responsibilities. Access the brochure on this page.

There is no contract between Columbia and NYPD for police services. A memorandum recognizes that our Department of Public Safety will work with the NYPD in specified circumstances, including to investigate reports of missing students and criminal offenses involving violent felonies. All colleges and universities in New York are required by state law to enter this agreement.

The Department of Public Safety welcomes your comments concerning our service. Learn more about how to submit feedback to the Department on this page.