Outside the University, a strong relationship with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) allows for enhanced support, when necessary, and the opportunity to provide additional safety programs to NYU community members. Sergeants First Class from the DPS Community Response Unit regularly interact with the NYPD to plan and execute programs designed to improve the safety of the NYU community.
As part of a larger event to provide safety information to students at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, DPS partnered with NYPD’s 84th Precinct to present ‘A Taste of Safety’. The event gave students and community members the opportunity to interact with the NYPD and find out about all the services available from different units, including LGBTQ+, Domestic Violence, and more.
NYPD’s Neighborhood Coordination Officers assigned to the Precincts that cover NYU’s facilities are instrumental in ensuring the safety of the NYU community. They are regular attendees of DPS events, including the Coffee with a Cop series, Operation ID and Safety in the City (bottom middle).
DPS partners with the NYPD as the lead car for the Washington Square Park Children’s Halloween Parade. The parade allows young children to enjoy the Halloween holiday before the larger Village Halloween Parade begins.
The CRU participates in NYPD’s regular Build the Block meetings which encourage collaboration and communication between community members and law enforcement. The CRU’s participation in the meetings ensures that NYU’s voice is heard among the community and it allows for an understanding of what DPS should be looking out for in terms of current safety and security challenges.
The NYPD LGBTQ+ units assist by appearing at DPS events and providing information on services that are dedicated to assisting members of the NYU community who identify as LGBTQ+. The officers in the unit offer programs to
support the community and are available for advice during tabling events.
DPS has engaged with partner New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) as it prepares to conduct a Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) for NYU’s NYC facilities and locations (bottom left).
The THIRA is a three-step risk assessment process that helps communities answer the questions: What threats and hazards can affect our community? If they occurred, what impacts would those threats and hazards have on our community? And based on those impacts, what capabilities should our community have? It will help DPS, campus partners and city stakeholders understand risks and determine the level of capability needed in order to address them.
DPS is planning on completing its THIRA in 2020 and has partnered with NYCEM on several initiatives throughout the last few years, including becoming a Partner in Preparedness.
As a member of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (IACLEA), DPS has positioned itself as a regular fixture at annual conferences and featured in IACLEA journals, spotlight articles and social media posts.
This past year, the print journal and website featured a Q&A article with Assistant Director of Transportation Greg Rivas (bottom right), who explained the importance of sustainability in delivering transportation services.