The Department of Public Safety’s Community Response Unit (CRU) builds and strengthens relationships between the members of the NYU community and DPS. The CRU is responsible for leading crime prevention and community engagement initiatives, enhancing the response to calls for service and critical incidents, and providing operational support to Public Safety Officers in the field.

To contact the CRU, please email

Meet the CRU

Paolo de Steeve Lappe

Brian Doss

Angel Irizarry

Karl Whyte

The CRU seeks to proactively reduce crime on campus by formulating security strategies and strengthening partnerships within the NYU community.

The unit received training focused on incident management, classification, and communication strategies to enable it to provide optimal service.

Along with acting as a mobile, visible presence on the NYU campus, the CRU is responsible for:

  • Collaborating with community members and groups to develop solutions for community safety and security-related challenges
  • Developing and delivering security-related presentations to students, faculty, and staff
  • Identifying trends or patterns to prevent crime occurrences on NYU property
  • Conducting preliminary investigations and follow-up if requested by Investigative Services

The CRU Recommends

CRU team members recommend becoming familiar with the following resources offered by the Department of Public Safety.

1. Download the Safe NYU app

911-calling capability for life-threatening situations

A call box in the palm of your hand - simultaneously send your location and call NYU Public Safety

Report incidents or tips via in-app forms, real-time chats or voice calls

2. Register your valuables with Operation ID

Register your electronic devices and other valuables with Operation ID so that if they are lost or stolen and recovered by NYPD, they can be returned safely to you

3. Become familiar with Emergency Call Boxes and Green Light Buildings

Emergency Call Boxes are places around the Washington Square campus to provide additional security. A tap of the button alerts Public Safety to your locations and connects you with our Communications Center

Green Light Buildings are open and staffed by a Public Safety Officer 24/7

4. Explore University Transportation Options

Bus service is available 7:30 a.m. to midnight during the academic term

Safe Ride is an on-demand ride-share service available to/from campus locations from midnight to 7:30 a.m. during the academic term. You can schedule a Safe Ride by selecting Getting Around NYC in the Safe NYU app

5. Remember 212.998.2222

This phone number is available 24x7x365 and connects directly to our Communications Center where trained staff can assist you and dispatch resources, if necessary.