City University of New York Public Safety Department
The City University of New York Public Safety Department (CUNY Public Safety) is the fifth largest law enforcement agency in New York City whose duties are to protect all campuses owned by the City University of New York (CUNY) and to enforce state and city laws on and off campus grounds 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The CUNY Public Safety Department is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in New York City with 700 Officers. The CUNY Public Safety Department serves and protects more than 460,000 students throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York.
In 1990 under the order of then University Chancellor, W. Ann Reynolds, the CUNY Public Safety Department was formed after CUNY found a need to provide public safety services for its own community. The Public Safety force at each of the 19 CUNY campuses were headed by Directors. These Directors eventually were designated as Chiefs. The only campus not to have active Public Safety personnel is John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This was due to the campus reserving its police service for students as a training tool, thus students are hired to provide security services. These students are technically public safety employees but hold no peace officer status. The first officers to be brought on were sergeants who were primarily retired police and correctional officers from around New York City. These officers laid the groundwork for a department that would grow to 600 members strong. In 1991 the first... Read More