Public Safety Monthly Newsletter

The Public Safety monthly e-newsletter offers the Columbia community valuable safety, security, and crime prevention information along with information about our comprehensive training programs and more.

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January 2023: Welcome Back!, New NYPD Hotline to Report Scams, Protect Your New Electronics from Theft, Keep Your Personal Information Safe, Opt-Out of Credit Card Offers, Junk Mail, and Sales Calls, Register for a Self-Defense Class, Join a Situational Awareness Training, Public Safety Personnel Intervene on Burglary in Progress, Leading to Arrest, Thank You for Your Service, Public Safety Officer Luis Hinojosa, Public Safety Supervisor Helps Non-Affiliate Escape Smoking Vehicle Using First Responder Training Skills.  

January 2023

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January

Read: VP of Public Safety Retires, Evening Shuttle (Via) Coverage Area Expanded, Update to Manhattanville Loop Service Hours, Sergeant Helps Prevent Larceny While Off-Duty, Tips on How to Avoid Buying Fake COVID Tests Online, and more.

February 

Read: Message from Public Safety - Resources and Enhancements, Walking Safety Escort Program Available on Every Campus, Public Safety Sergeant Receives Gratitude from Columbia Student, New Dates Added: Situational Awareness Training, Safety and Security on Public Transit, and more. 

May

Read: Safety Tips on the NYC Subway and Buses (Video Presentation), Evening Shuttle (Via) Coverage Area Expanded to 137th Street and Broadway, Celebrating Women’s History Month: Get to Know Maria Elena Ramos and Joanna White, Mark Your Calendars: Ride Your Campus Days

April

Read: Ride Your Bike to Campus Days Are Back This April, Community Shred Fest at CUIMC (4/29) , Biking @ Columbia , CUIMC Public Safety Team Provides Female Support After Being Assaulted, Situational Awareness Virtual Trainings Help Enhance Your Personal Safety Skills,Operation ID Program Protects Your Electronics from Theft, Have You Met McGruff the Crime Dog?

May

Read: Emergency Text Messaging System Semi-Annual Test, Expanded Intercampus Shuttle Schedule, Public Safety Leads Emergency Management Operations Team (EMOT) Tabletop Exercise, Public Safety Wins First Place in Team Step Challenge Welcoming Grace Siavichay, Assistant Director of Budget and Finance, Professor Nachum Sicherman Helps PS Keep the University Community Safe with Self Defense Classes,Give Your Personal Safety a Tune-Up.

June

Read: Congratulations Columbia Grads, Active Shooter Awareness Training with the NYPD, Brush Up Your Personal Safety Skills This Summer, Summer Schedule for Intercampus Shuttle Begins, Public Safety Sergeant’s Quick Response to Power Outage Reduces Impacts to Research Projects, Staying Safe on Your Electric Scooter, Safety Tips For Rideshare Services like Uber & Lyft, Beware of Summer Rental Scams, Before Investing, Learn About Cryptocurrencies to Avoid Getting Scammed

July

Read: Shred Documents and More at Clean and Go Green, Public Safety Pioneer Retires After 41 Years, Enhance Your Personal Safety, Travel Safely This Summer, Wear a Bike Helmet, Save a Life, Avoid Social Media Scams, & Safeguarding Your Vehicle.

September

Read: Welcome Home Columbia, Gerald Lewis Jr. Appointed Vice President of Public Safety, Evening Shuttle (Via) Start Time Moves to 6 P.M., Public Safety Supports Back 2 School Event Providing Over 700 Students in Harlem with School Supplies, Public Safety Team Deescalates Situation to Help Keep Students Safe, Meet the Public Safety Team, Ride Your Bike to Campus for a Free Tune Up, Upcoming Self Defense Classes, New Dates Added: Situational Awareness Training, Six Scams for College Students to Avoid, Get a Free Annual Credit Report.  

August

Read: Public Safety Supports Back to School Event in Harlem, Public Safety Pioneer Retires After 41 Years, Bobby Lau Promoted to Assistant Director, Meet Us Before You Need Us this Fall, Mark Your Calendars for Security Awareness Days, Protect Your Electronics with Device Engraving, New Dates Added: Situational Awareness Training, Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams, How to Spot Mobile Payment App Scams, Apartment Rental Scams Happen – Here's what to do.

October

Read: Welcome Back from Public Safety and University Life, 2022 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Released, Public Safety Team Receive Words of Praise from CU Affiliate, Register Your Property with Public Safety and the NYPD, New Dates Added: Situational Awareness Training, How to Spot a Suspicious Package, Public Safety Blue Light Emergency Call Boxes, Public Safety Safe Havens Pledge to Help Keep You Safe, Resources for Securing Your Bike, Navigate NYC’s Public Transit System: Download the Transit App. 

November

Read: Spot and Avoid Government Impersonator Scams, Prevent Package Theft this Holiday Season, Stop Unwanted Calls on your Mobile Device, Federal Student Loan Forgiveness, Join a Situational Awareness Training, Register for a Self Defense Class, Clean + Go Green Returns Dec 1-2, Thank you to Public Safety Officer Daniel McKnight, Public Safety Officer Raquel St. John, and Public Safety Officer Ivan Almonte!  

December

Read: Important Safety Reminders and Resources, Evening Shuttle (Via) Start Time Moves to 4 P.M for Winter, We Remember Benny Ybera, Holiday Safety Tips, Holiday Job Scams, Ride Share Safety Reminders, Avoid Theft: Minimize the Items in Your Wallet, Join a Situational Awareness Training, Congratulations on 10+ Years of Service & Public Safety Team Uses Intervention Skills to Apprehend Suspect Wanted for Assault!

January

Read: Introduction to Public Safety Newsletter, Officer Recognition, Tax Season Crime Prevention tips, Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2020, University Releases Report of the Inclusive Public Safety Working Group, and more.

February

Read: Public Safety Team Makes a Happy Reunion, Public Safety on Instagram, New Touchscreen Self-Service Kiosk, and more.

March

Read: Employees receive perfect attendance and promotion recognitions, Celebrating Women's History Month, Officer Murray receives a shoutout from Columbia student for his exceptional service at Hartley Hall, Crime Prevention Tips, and more.

 

April

Read: Officers Roll Up Their Sleeves and Get Vaccinated, Four Public Safety Officers Join the 25-Year Club, Officer Keron Bowen Receives Anonymous Thank You Note, PS Supports a Sustainable Columbia, Safety and Crime Prevention Tips, and more.

May

Read: Situational Awareness Training, PS helps set the stage for safe commencement, Allied Security Officer Rosa Rodriguez receives compliments from students, Updated summer operations for the on-demand Evening Shuttle (Via), New Safe Havens added in the Morningside, Medical Center, and Manhattanville communities, and more.

June

Read: Public Safety Hosts Free Self-Defense Class, Five New Sergeants Join the PS Team, Supervisors Retrace Individual's Injuries to Assist Hospital Staff with Treatment, Public Safety Officer Helps Protect University Property and Community, and more.

July

Read: Public Safety Places Second in Move-a-thon Challenge to Fight Against Hunger, Public Safety Helps New University Employees Stay Safe, New Sergeants Recieve Training from Columbia University Emergency Medical Services (CUEMS), Service Complaint Form Now Online, and more.

September

Read: Public Safety Places Second in Move-a-thon Challenge to Fight Against Hunger, Public Safety Helps New University Employees Stay Safe, New Sergeants Recieve Training from Columbia University Emergency Medical Services (CUEMS), Service Complaint Form Now Online, and more.

October

Read: Security Awareness Days Help Over 200 Community Members Keep Their Property Safe, 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Released, Public Safety Team Safely Evacuates Residents Following Manhole Fire, Enhance Your Personal Safety with Situational Awareness Training, and more.

November

Read: Public Safety Celebrates Halloween, Karla Buchting Reflects on What Pride Means to Her, Officers Respond to Robbery on Campus and Keeps Student and Guest Safe from Further Harm, New Dates Added for Situational Awareness Training, Public Safety Blue Light Program, and more. 

December

Read: Message from Public Safety About A Tragic Loss in Our Community, Evening Shuttle (Via) Start Time Moved to 4 p.m., New Dates Added for Situational Awareness Trainings, Tips on How to Stay Safe During the Holidays, and more.