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The Department of Public Safety at  St.John’s University has been entrusted to  provide a safe and secure environment for the University community. Additionally, the mission of the department includes providing the entire University community, including the extended families, accurate, and timely information to assuage any emergent concerns. The Department of Public Safety headquarters is located on the Queens, NY campus at the ROTC Building/McDonald Center. There are additional Command Centers at our Staten Island and Manhattan campuses.

The Department operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The Public Safety team provides a variety of law enforcement, security, and other services including safety escorts and   StormCard services.  The Officers can be seen throughout the campus in marked and unmarked vehicles, scooters, foot patrols, as well as fixed post locations. Our Command Center is staffed 24/7 and utilizes the latest video surveillance and communication equipment. All uniformed Public Safety personnel are licensed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. They receive over 25 hours of annual training in various subjects including crime prevention, diversity and sensitivity awareness, community relations, fire and life safety, and best practices for security. They also receive a working knowledge of all applicable state and federal laws. The Officers and Staff are NYS certified first responders, and certified in First Aid, CPR, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED). There is also several staff and officers that are NYS certified Emergency Medical Technicians. All of our supervisors are certified NYC Fire Safety Directors. Many of our members are former law enforcement officers, and bring a tremendous amount of additional training and experience to the Department.  

St. John’s Department of Public Safety maintains frequent contact with the local police departments that regularly patrol the perimeter of each campus. Additionally, we partner with various city agencies such as the Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management as well as other state, and federal agencies to insure a safe and secure environment.