Training is an important component of our mission. All uniformed public safety personnel receive comprehensive training. Officers and supervisors complete eight hours (8) mandated New York State security officer training. All newly hired officers and supervisors receive an additional 80 - 120 hours of classroom training on University policy and Public Safety procedures followed by another 240 hours of on the job campus orientation training among the three Columbia campuses. During the classroom training, stakeholders from various University departments present lectures on equal employment and affirmative action, diversity, multicultural and gender sensitivity, sexual violence and Tile IX.  We are in the process of developing an additional training series for managers on leadership, initiative and integrity.

Uniformed supervisors and managers also engage in professional development training throughout the year. Seminars and webinars on job-related topics are attended by both managers and supervisors on and off site. Mock drills that simulate realistic scenarios are conducted in order to assess the Department’s emergency response capabilities. Supervisors also have the opportunity to participate in a merit incentive program, where monthly e-learning courses on topics such as management, leadership, mentoring, and emergency response are offered.

All officers and supervisors also receive the following training during their initial hiring and during their NYS required eight hour in-service annual training.

  • Implicit Bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Non-Violent De-Escalation
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
  • Interpersonal communications
  • Customer service and professionalism
  • Emergency response 
  • Patrol techniques 
  • Diversity
  • Bias motivated incidents
  • Multicultural affairs, gender identity and sensitivity
  • Racial profiling prohibition
  • Gender based misconduct/Title IX
  • Sexual violence response 
  • Equal Opportunity And Affirmative Action
  • Campus Connect
  • Clery Act 
  • Ethics 
  • Crime prevention  
  • Access control 
  • University and public safety policies and procedures
  • Active shooter/situation awareness
  • CPR/AED and Stop the Bleed 
  • Narcan opiate overdose response for supervisors
  • Arrest and use of force policy
  • Report writing