All of us at the University of Rochester Department of Public Safety (URDPS) are committed to providing the highest level of professional public safety services to foster a safe learning and working environment for our students, faculty, staff, alumni, visitors and patients. We patrol the University’s River and South Campuses, the Eastman School of Music, Strong Memorial Hospital, Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Wilmot Cancer Center, outpatient services at the Brighton Business Park, and Strong West Hospital. The officers patrolling these areas are among the most highly trained, professional officers in New York State.
The Public Safety Department oversees matters related to life safety, crime prevention, and law enforcement. Established in 1967, we are excited to be entering our 52nd year providing service to the University. Our longstanding community policing philosophy reinforces our understanding about the importance of outreach, education, and close partnerships with members of the community on all of our campuses. Although reported crime at the university is relatively low, it is important to remember that we are not immune from criminal activity. With our community partners, we work to prevent crime and resolve problems that affect our entire population.
Our Training Section is in charge of coordinating and developing training for the entire Public Safety Department. Our officers are required to attend various types of training year round. This training includes verbal de-escalation, dealing with persons in emotional distress, defensive tactics, CPR, critical incident response, human diversity and bias, fair and impartial policing, and domestic violence, to name just a few. The training environment in law enforcement is ever evolving due to changes in technology and needs of the university community. We work hard to keep URDPS on the cutting edge of law enforcement to ensure that all officers are properly trained to meet the needs of our community.
You may hear from us on various matters during the year. As required by federal law, you can expect to receive an email from us when a crime occurs that represents a threat on or near the campus community.
For more information regarding public safety services or for general safety information, please visit us at 612 Wilson Boulevard, call us at 585-275-3333.
I hope you take full advantage of the services we have in place for your safety and always feel free to contact us for any assistance. If you have questions, concerns, or suggestions about public safety at Rochester, we would be glad to hear from you. You may reach us by email at PublicSafety@rochester.edu.
Our highest priority is to keep this community safe. We take great pride in providing professional, fair and impartial service to our community.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone and send best wishes for a happy and safe semester.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) serves a community of over 30,000 students, faculty and staff. We staff a 24-hour Emergency Call Center with 16 Public Safety dispatchers, who each year handle over 300,000 telephone calls and dispatch officers for response to nearly 73,000 calls for service—on average 200 per day. DPS officers annually generate over 8,000 incidents, crime and motor vehicle accident reports. DPS also has an Investigative Unit with four highly skilled and experienced investigators who provide services for criminal and non-criminal offenses occurring in the community.
Public Safety officers patrol University properties - including the River Campus, Medical Center, South Campus, and Eastman School - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to responding to emergencies - fires, accidents, and physical crimes - Public Safety staff provide a wide range of non-emergency services including crime prevention training and awareness; distribution of "Safety Alert Bulletins"; victim and witness support; personal safety escorts; door openings for lockouts; routine building and area checks; security surveys of office space or building renovations; landscaping and exterior lighting evaluations; and lost and found property storage.
- Protect people at the University.
- Inform our community about security issues, personal safety measures, and protective strategies.
- Prevent disruption of University activities and misuse of premises.
- Protect University and personal property against theft or abuse.
- Provide a visible, reassuring, and readily accessible presence.
- Foster beneficial community relations