Use of Force Policy

It is the policy of the Department of Public Safety that members will only use physical force that is reasonably necessary to bring an incident under control, while protecting the lives and safety of the member and others present and within the allowa ble guidelines of Article 35 of the New York State Penal Law. In this memo, we reiterate the guidelines for the use of force by members of the Columbia University Department of Public Safety based on Article 35 of the New York State Penal Law and rules promulgated by the Vice President for Public Safety.

Read the Department of Public Safety's Use of Force Policy