We’re dedicated to a strong partnership with the community we serve. To effectively create and maintain a safe and secure environment, the Department of Public Safety actively engages in the day-to-day operations on campus.

In collaboration and partnership with Adelphi students, faculty, and staff, members of the Public Safety team engage in community policing. This style of law enforcement and the Department’s progressive approach to public safety have been effective in crime prevention, risk identification and reduction, as well as problem-solving.

Every day, our Public Safety officers interact with members of the Adelphi community from many cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations and gender identities, persons with varying physical abilities and mental health conditions, and more. Each of these people brings a unique perspective to public safety-community relations so our officers must be prepared to respond to each individual in a respectful, appropriate fashion. In order to do this, we maintain an open dialogue and community relations through regular meetings with departments at Adelphi, the campus community, and the Garden City community.

Leaders in Public Safety and across the Adelphi community recognize that effective crime prevention cannot be achieved by merely patrolling a community; Public Safety must also be part of the community.


Among our strengths as a department is our commitment to being out among Adelphi students, faculty, and staff, and providing positive experiences to our community members. We can teach you how to use a fire extinguisher, change a tire, experience what it’s like to drunk drive in a safe environment, and various other things. These hands-on activities are a complement to our prevention and awareness programs. Members of the Public Safety staff enjoy working closely with our campus community, and these interactions enable the community to get to know our officers, which enhances the vital relationship between the Adelphi community and Public Safety.

Adelphi University’s Community Affairs & Crime Prevention Officer is Sgt. Gerry Lennon. Gerry plays a vital role in the department fostering relationships within our community. His work has been recognized by organizations both on and off campus and he has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. The Public Safety Community Affairs Office is Located in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Room 104.

Our goal in Public Safety Community Affairs is to:

  • Continue to build and maintain trust between the Department of Public Safety and the community we serve.
  • Provide materials and educational programs to increase awareness about safety and security.
  • Create an ongoing dialogue with the community.
  • Maintain open lines of communication.
  • Assist the community in reducing opportunities for crime.

The purpose of the program is for our Public Safety Officers to interact with the community so the community may become more comfortable with the department and so we can understand their concerns. “To do our jobs right, we need to be out there in the community.”

The Park, Walk and Talk Program is where patrol officers [approximately 24-25 Public Safety Officers, and some Event Staff Members] are assigned to a “zone,” a portion of the university campus containing two to three academic and/or administrative buildings. During their shifts, the officers are assigned to patrolling the campus and at certain times during their patrol hours they will work in their zones. The officers will park and exit their patrol vehicles, walk around the zone area and go inside the buildings to visit with the people directly. This provides an opportunity for the officers to be reachable on a personal level, to directly answer questions or try to assist the community with issues or concerns and to better understand and get to know the university community. 

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In addition to our Community Affairs & Crime Prevention Officer, we have the Public Safety Bike Patrol Unit. The Department of Public Safety Bike Patrol Unit operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, weather permitting. The Bike Patrol officers perform the same duties as other uniformed officers on campus but are able to navigate more easily throughout the campus.

Benefits of having the Bike Patrol Unit on campus include:

  • Providing high visibility patrols by the officers throughout campus which enables the campus community to feel safer.
  • It allows the officer to be more approachable by the students, faculty, staff and visitors, enabling the officer to interact more easily with the community.
  • Bike patrol officers are able to conduct routine patrol functions as well as numerous other functions that a patrol officer in a vehicle would not be able to complete.

The Adelphi Public Safety shield logo in pink for breast cancer awareness.During October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Department of Public Safety & Transportation will begin raising money and awareness about the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program by continuing our efforts in the Pink Patch Project.

The Pink Patch Project is a national public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease. The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the public safety employee’s uniform patch. These bright pink patches are specially designed by each participating agency specifically for their Pink Patch Project participation. The pink patches are intended to stimulate conversation with the community and to encourage public awareness about the importance of early detection and the ongoing fight against this disease.

The Project is spearheaded by Sgt. Gerry Lennon, Crime Prevention & Community Affairs Officer, and Sgt. Ray Capers, Transportation Officer. The patches will be shared with the University community for any voluntary donation, and all funds will go to the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program. To make a donation and get your Adelphi Public Safety pink patch, visit the Department of Public Safety and Transportation’s Community Affairs Office in University Center Room 104 or visit the Public Safety Patches portal.

Recognizing the impact of social media and its potential for reaching students, faculty and staff members, the Department of Public Safety uses its Twitter account to share photos of our staff at campus events and useful safety information. @AU_Publicsafety

This training provides all students and employees with information about campus policies, resources, and reporting requirements. In addition, it also provides Ongoing Training on Awareness and Prevention Programs.

Campus Safety 101: Video with resources that can help you avoid danger, and provides tips on how to handle risky situations. This is provided during all new student and employee orientations throughout the year.

  • Provided as a VIRTUAL Joint Open Training Seminar during COVID-19 pandemic

A General Public Safety Information Table provides pamphlets, brochures, and other sources of information throughout the year at the following locations:

  • Health Fair
  • Nexus Health Fair
  • Accepted Students Day
  • Matriculation-Welcome Back Festival
  • Open House
  • Bridges Orientation
  • Pre-College Orientation
  • UC Lobby
  • Chapman Hall
  • Earle Hall
  • Eddy Hall
  • Residence Hall A
  • Residence Hall B
  • Waldo Hall

Residence Hall Talk/Meet & Greet: Offering tips on residence hall safety and living safely on campus

  • Provided as a VIRTUAL Public Safety Meet & Greet  during COVID-19 pandemic

Commuter Table & Commuter Safety meeting: offered bi-annually [at the beginning of each semester] to commuter students and offers tips on safe commuting

CCERT Training [Members of CCERT only]: In the event of an emergency incident occurring on campus, the Department of Public Safety may choose to call upon the Campus Community Emergency Response Team  (CCERT) to augment the Department’s response capabilities. The CCERT Team is an all-volunteer group of faculty and staff who are trained to support The Department by providing specially trained personnel to assist in the form of operating phone banks, staffing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and assisting Public Safety at the scene of an incident.  If you’re a faculty or staff member and you would like to become a member please complete the form and you’ll be contacted with information regarding the next CCERT training.

Public Safety COVID 19 / Personal Protection Equipment Awareness Table

  • Provided during COVID-19.

“COVID 19 Safety and Awareness Return to Campus Considerations” with Environmental Health and Safety:

  • Provided as a VIRTUAL event during COVID-19 pandemic

Campus-Wide Test of the Adelphi Alert/Emergency Alert Notification System: send out a Rave Alert to test the notification system [done on at least an annual basis].

Emergency Procedures Training (NOTE: Hostile Intruder/Active Shooter (Shots Fired) and Fire Safety Training is included in the Emergency Procedures Training) offered annually at the beginning of the fall semester.

  • Active Shooter/Shots Fired/Hostile Intruder: provided to all students and employees (incoming and current) throughout the year (usually during orientations). The training provides an overview of Hostile Intruder events, details the Universities Run, Hide, Fight Guidelines, and highlights the various preparedness and mitigation efforts the Department has taken to protect the Adelphi Community. The lecture is designed to leave the audience feeling confident on what actions to take, and recognize their ability to survive a Hostile Intruder event occurring on the grounds of the University.
    • Provided as a VIRTUAL Joint Open Training Seminar during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Fire Prevention Table: offers fire prevention training and tips
  • Smoke Out: Interactive training for students that simulates escaping a smoke/fire building
  • Fire Safety Crowd Training: Controlling crowds during a Fire
  • Lockdown Exercise: this exercise follows procedures set forth to instruct on how to deal with a hostile intruder and what to do during a lockdown.

Active Shooter/Stop the Bleed Bi-Annual Joint Training Seminars: Active Shooter [Guidelines; Preparedness; Action Plans (Run, Hide, Fight) and Stop the Bleed training [skills and knowledge to provide immediate bleeding control in an emergency; location of stop the bleed kits]

Bi-Annual Take back the Drugs (2x a year): The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

National Alcohol Awareness- DWI Simulation / Drunk Driving Obstacle Course-Students and/or employees are provided goggles meant to simulate one’s vision at .08% blood alcohol concentration. Then, the student and/or employee is seated behind the wheel of a Public Safety Security cart and asked to drive through an obstacle course without hitting any cones. The event allows students and/or employees the opportunity to see just how dangerous it is to use alcohol and operate a vehicle while impaired or intoxicated. [part of the AOD Programs]

Campus Security Authority Training (Identified C.S.A.’s): If you are taking this course, that means you have been designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Jeanne Clery Act. The short training you are about to receive will educate you about your responsibilities as a CSA, including your legal requirement to report specific crimes/incidents.

Annual “Take Back the Night” Event [April]: The goal of Take Back the Night is to end sexual violence of all types and to create safe communities and respectful awareness. The event is for Students & Employees and includes a survivor speak-out, student performances, a march around campus, and a keynote speaker. Provided by Public Safety & Title IX.

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