St. John’s University Department of Public Safety officers have
the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine
whether individuals have lawful business at St. John’s University.
Public Safety officers have the authority to issue parking tickets,
which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty, and
staff. Safety officers do not possess law enforcement
authority. Criminal incidents are referred to the local police who
have jurisdiction on campus. The Department of Public Safety at St.
John’s University maintains a highly professional working
relationship with the New York City Police Department and the
Suffolk County Policy Department, but does not have written
agreements with these agencies. Due to the University’s
multiple campuses, under normal circumstances the Department of
Public Safety does not interface with state police, and there is no
written agreement with this agency. All crime victims and
witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime
to Department of Public Safety and the appropriate police agency.
Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and
timely disclosure of crime statistics.