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Public Safety, the Inclusive Public Safety Advisory Committee, and University Life condemn the actions of the officers involved in the killing of Tyre Nichols and share condolences with the family of Tyre Nichols, the broader Memphis community, and all who are directly impacted during a moment of profound grief and outrage.

On behalf of the Columbia University Department of Public Safety Team, I extend my best wishes for a great spring semester. As you settle into the new semester, I want to remind you of the myriad of resources available to keep you and our university community safe. I would ask that you review the resources and familiarize yourselves with each of them.

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 21 years of valued service to the department and the Morningside Campus, PSO Hinojosa traded his PS uniform for some time in the sun as he and his family move to Florida. Luis always performed his duties in a professional manner and with great pride. His services and contributions to our team will be greatly missed.

The quick thinking and actions of Public Safety and Allied security personnel prevented theft of packages from an apartment building lobby, leading to the arrest of the alleged burglar. 

After being notified of two CUIMC affiliates stuck inside an elevator, Officer Daniel McKnight responded quickly to the scene, checked all floors, and located the two passengers who were trapped. With his help, the FDNY units were able to release the passengers unharmed.  

Sergeant Darren Salinardi observed a non-affiliate slumped in the driver’s seat after rear-ending a parked vehicle. Quickly responding to the scene and using his first responder skills, Sergeant Salinardi helped the woman regain consciousness and get out of the smoking vehicle without harm.  

Thanks to the Public Safety team's collective bravery and skills, they were able to take control of the situation, allowing NYPD to arrest the suspect wanted for assault. 

Sr. Sgt. Gil requested the assistance of the NYPD and kept the individual occupied until NYPD arrived and arrested the individual, without incident.

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.

As we enter Reading Week and finals, many people alter their normal routines at a time when there are less daylight hours and other safety considerations. Safety is a shared responsibility. Please review these important safety reminders and resources to ensure that we all contribute to keeping our Columbia University community safe by staying vigilant

Public Safety Officers John Rijo and Jordon Maldonado responded to the scene and apprehended the perpetrator who was turned over to the NYPD. 

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.

Our entire Public Safety team is committed to our values of Pride, Professionalism, and Service and helping the members of our campus and surrounding communities. We recognize, highlight, and thank them for their professionalism and commitment.

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.