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We join the entire Columbia community in mourning the tragic loss of Davide Giri. As we mourn as a community, it is also natural to think about safety. We write to emphasize the resources available to you and describe safety measures that are in place.

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. 

After observing suspicious activity in front of The Forum through the video cameras, PSO Moronta approached the scene, startling and making the two individuals attempting to lift a parked car with a power jack flee, which prevented possible car larceny.

 

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. 

 Sgt. Michael Rodriguez and PSO Flavio Taveras quickly responded to a robbery in front of John Jay Hall, apprehending the suspect who was arrested and turned over to the NYPD. The officers helped the victims recover their property and kept them safe from any further harm.

 

Lt. Goudswaard and Sr. Sgt. O’Donnell were notified about an employee being the victim of public lewdness and forcible touching in front of 601 West 168th Street, and together approached the suspect who was later apprehended and arrested. The supervisors’ calm, professional and determined demeanor helped remove a menacing individual from any further incidents.

 

Public Safety recently published its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for 2021.

Public Safety hosted Security Awareness Day at each campus, providing free bike tune-ups, electronic tattoos, knowledge about crime prevention tools, discounted bike locks, and the opportunity to meet one-on-one with the Public Safety and NYPD representatives on personal safety. 

The great teamwork by Public Safety in Manhattanville prevented a possible larceny after being notified that a male was attempting to remove the front tire from a secured bike on W129th Street.

 

The response by Columbia University Public Safety to a manhole fire on W. 115th St. in the middle of the night on August 16 epitomized the department’s motto of Pride, Professionalism and Service. The sergeant and officers went above and beyond during a stressful and potentially dangerous situation, showing initiative and selflessness while leading a successful response without incident or injury.

 

As our University community fully returns to learning and living together, we write today to share important information and University resources for your safety.

 

As part of the Columbia Community Service (CCS) Back to School Supply Drive, CCS and the Office of Public Safety teamed up to collect school supplies for over 700 students in the local community. 

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. 

Public Safety has partnered with Vistelar, a conflict management training and consulting institute to offer an online training to serve as a supplement to the comprehensive crisis management and de-escalation training already in place.  

I am pleased to welcome you back to campus as we begin a new academic year of in-person learning. As we continue as a community to navigate through the challenges brought on by the pandemic, the Department of Public Safety’s commitment to maintaining the health and safety of the Columbia community remains as strong as ever. Please take a moment to read about some important Public Safety resources available to you.