Public Safety

Emergency Line: 718-488-1078

Department Overview

The Department of Public Safety at the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University is located in the rear of Metcalfe building, opposite the Pharmacy building. The Department has a full-time staff that consists of a director, an assistant Fire Safety Director, three tour commanders, three lieutenants, three desk sergeants, 49 Public Safety officers, and an administrative assistant. Public Safety Officers are licensed by the State of New York and are trained, certified and registered pursuant to the New York State Security Guard Act of 1992. The Department serves the campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year-round and may be reached by dialing 1078 (55 for emergencies) on campus telephones (add prefix 488 when using outside lines).

The Department of Public Safety is concerned with the welfare and safety of all members of the campus community and their guests. The activities of the Department of Public Safety are enhanced by its close relationship with the 88th Precinct, who shares the responsibility of maintaining law and order on the campus. This agency often notifies the Department of any off-campus arrest involving members of our campus community if there is a perceived threat to the welfare of the other members.

Public Safety Officers are not peace officers, but they do handle criminal acts and crime scenes until the police deparrtment arrives. Suspects are identified and detained for action by the arriving police personnel.

Department of Public Safety Services

The Department of Public Safety will assist members of the campus community in many non-emergency situations, from battery jump-starts to vehicle lockouts. If a member encounters any of these situations, he/she would contact the Department of Public Safety from any campus phone. Provide the location, make, model and color of your vehicle, and a Public Safety Officer will respond to assist you.

How to Report a Crime of other Emergency

Dial 55 from any campus phone or simply push the RED button on any yellow emergency phone to report a crime in progress and/or other emergency.

Respond directly to the Office of the Department of Public Safety located in the rear of the Metcalfe building.

When reporting a crime or incident please provide as much information as possible, including:

  • Details of what happened
  • Specific Location
  • Identify and/or description of person(s) involved
  • Date and time of incident
  • Be as specific as possible when giving any information to the Department of Public Safety, i.e., description of person(s), vehicle(s), etc.

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