Department of Public Safety

April 27, 2017 - 8:54pm
Now that Hungry Chuck's closed and Orange Crate Brewing Co. is moving, students and the greater community are feeling the effects of the Marshall Street area's changing nightlife scene.

Three male students strolled slowly down the Syracuse University promenade, backpacks on as they headed home from campus after a long Tuesday of classes. An orange April sunset cast a long shadow ahead of them as they talked, laughed and discussed their plans for the evening.

“You going out tonight, bro?” one student asked another.

“I definitely want to. I mean, how many nights do we have left?” the second responded.

“I mean, but where are we going to go?”

February 13, 2017 - 10:15am
The student's roommate allegedly tore up a Koran and played KKK speeches, forcing her to leave campus.

A Syracuse University student reported being harassed by her roommate for being Muslim to the point where she had to leave campus. 

January 29, 2013 - 10:16am
Students gathered together Monday afternoon to protest the position change of Department of Public Safety Officer Joe Shanley.

The voices of the Syracuse University community were heard at a rally held Monday afternoon on behalf of Former Cpl. Joe Shanley after the Department of Public Safety’s Law Enforcement and Community Policing Division modified his position.

More than 50 protestors expressed their support, gathering between Newhouse and Schine Student Center chanting Shanley's name and repeating “save Joe, don’t let him go.” Less than an hour after the protest concluded, DPS released a statement.

March 8, 2012 - 1:11pm
Syracuse University public safety officials say being more aware is the best way to curb traffic accidents on campus.

With almost 50 traffic accidents on campus so far this school year, public safety officials at the university and in the city are looking for ways to ensure driver and pedestrian safety in the Syracuse University area. 

October 19, 2010 - 8:29pm
Covering a fairly routine sidewalk protest near SU turns contentious.
Editor's Note: Photojournalist Keith Edelman was assigned to cover a protest near campus for The NewsHouse. The following is his account of a dispute with two Syracuse police officers.

Two hundred yards from Newhouse 3 — a building with the First Amendment plastered across its glass façade — I was nearly arrested by the Syracuse Police Department while covering a story.

April 19, 2010 - 2:28pm
Syracuse police monitor Euclid Avenue despite student attendance at SU Showcase events on campus.

It was just another Monday on Euclid Avenue in Syracuse on April 19. Syracuse University students walked to and from class — some dragging their legs — while others quickly darted between slow walkers to avoid being late.  

March 5, 2010 - 2:45pm
DPS Cpl. Andy Clary doesn't help student athletes out when they're in trouble. He's there to prevent the trouble.

Andy Clary watches from behind the basket as Syracuse basketball star Kris Joseph launches a 3-pointer on the practice court of the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center.

The shot bounces off the rim, not exactly the swoosh that Joseph intended. Clary smiles and says, "Oh boy," in a jokingly disappointed tone. But Clary is not a graduate assistant or a Syracuse basketball official -- he is a cop.

December 5, 2009 - 5:35pm
Members of the SU community remember 40-year DPS official Grant Williams during his funeral at Hendricks Chapel Saturday.

Mike Hopkins remembers trudging across a snowy Syracuse University campus as a wide-eyed freshman in 1989. Everything about the school was new to the young basketball player from California.

Then — out of nowhere — someone lent a helping hand.

As he did for countless others, Department of Public Safety official Grant Williams Jr. gave Hopkins advice and provided him with an insider’s take on the campus.

“Grant wasn’t a police officer,” said Hopkins, now an assistant basketball coach at SU. “He was a coach.  A developer of talent. A developer of people.”

October 14, 2009 - 6:30pm
SU students react to 168 new surveillance cameras placed near the entrances and exits of campus residence halls.

Syracuse University’s Department of Public Safety recently completed a long-term project to bring 168 surveillance cameras to campus residence halls and one academic building.

While the cameras are constantly rolling, DPS dispatchers are not always monitoring the footage.  If a crime occurs near an SU dorm, DPS officials will check the tape and see who has been hanging around the building.