The Department of Public Safety is the primary department at the University charged with creating a safe and secure environment. A primary goal of the Department is to develop and maintain strong lasting partnerships with the local community. Incorporating the ‘partnership’ model and community policing style of law enforcement has shown dividends in the Department’s progressive approach to crime prevention, risk identification and reduction, as well as problem solving.
The Department of Public Safety’s commitment to the philosophy of ‘community policing’ and problem solving has taken significant strides with the launching of several Community Liaison Programs. These programs create a springboard to broaden involvement and crime prevention education within the community. Together with other campus offices, the department provides programs to enhance personal safety and teach proactive crime-reduction strategies.
Community caretaking relies on the dual concepts of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities and encouraging community members to take responsibility for their own and other’s safety. Members of the department are available to assist any individual or group in planning, presenting and coordinating programs of interest or concern.
Some of these Community Based initiatives include, but are not limited to:
Rape Aggression Defense Classes (RAD)
RAD class member partaking in hands-on defense training
Princeton University's Department of Public Safety is pleased to offer the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system of self defense. RAD is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The RAD system is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program.
Our courses are taught by nationally certified RAD instructors and we provide each student with a workbook / reference manual. This manual outlines the entire Physical Defense Program for reference and continuous personal growth. It is the key to RAD systems free lifetime return and practice policy for RAD graduates.
The Basic Self Defense course is 12 hours in length and typically taught in four, 3 hour classes. Classes are open to Princeton University students and local community members. Classes are FREE of charge but space is limited!
For more information about RAD Systems self defense courses, offered by DPS please visit our RAD page.
Eating Club Officers (EChO’s)
Campus Police Officer Ali with Cloister Inn members
The EChO mission statement is: “To cultivate and expand the line of communication between the Department of Public Safety and the eating clubs, so the needs and concerns of both parties can be addressed; and to develop a partnership approach to making the student experience a positive and safe one.”
EChO is a program designed to better relations between the historic eating club institutions and the Department of Public Safety. Each eating club has a DPS liaison officer who meets with the club officers and members on a regular basis to discuss a broad variety safety topics and address concerns.
Eating clubs have been part of Princeton University since 1879. At that time the University was unable to provide the rapidly growing upper class population with dining options. Since then each club has had its own membership and molded a unique personality.
Currently, 10 clubs have been established: Cap and Gown, Charter, Cloister, Colonial, Cottage, Ivy, Quadrangle, Terrace, Tiger Inn and Tower. All of these clubs are located adjacent to campus and are coeducational. Recognizing the opportunity to reach another segment of the student community in an informal setting, the Department of Public Safety Eating Club Officer (EChO) program was established. Each EChO is responsible for the outreach to his or her eating club and regularly meets with club officers and members.
|Officers and Clubs|
|Ptl. Ali||Cloister Inn|
|P.O. Ziegler||Ivy Inn|
|Det. Aversa||Terrace Club|
|Ptl. Miller||Tiger Inn|
|Ptl. Krzewinski||Colonial Club|
|Sgt. Barbour||Cottage Inn|
|Ptl. Krzywicki||Cap and Gown|
Recognizing the impact of social media and its potential for reaching students, staff and faculty members, DPS uses its Facebook to provide photos of our staff at different campus events and useful safety information.
Education and Awareness presentations
DPS is regularly called on to address student and staff groups at meetings. By addressing the various groups across the University DPS is able to educate and inform the community about issues concerning its safety and wellbeing. Topics include: Crime prevention tips, statistics on crime at Princeton, fire safety information, information regarding campus security procedures and practices, residential safety, bike safety, etc.
DPS presents to new managers at HR orientations, Facilities Department partners, Building Services employees, students athletic groups, the Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate Student government, international student groups and the Alcohol Coalition Committee to name a few.
In addition, DPS organizes and sets up crime prevention and education display tables which are staffed by an officer at the beginning of the year. This activity provides an opportunity for DPS staff to hand out safety-related information, as well as to answer individual questions.
If you would like request a safety presentation for your department or student group please visit our “Request Safety Presentations” page to access the form.
Community Liaison Officers
Security Officer Barbara Loman with Marjorie Young of the Pace Center
DPS encourages its officers to engage the various student organizations across the campus, by developing liaison or partnership roles with them. A few examples of these partnerships are with the ROTC, Athletics, Butler College, Grad College, etc.
The officer assigned to each student organization is responsible for educating and mentoring our students to ensure safety and security. DPS officers want to promote self awareness about the crimes that occur on college campuses such as unattended theft, sexual assault, and underage drinking. Our officers meet regularly with their assigned groups to provide support, engage in Q&A, and interact as first responders to various matters. These partnership roles allow for ease of communication and create greater relationships between students and our officers.