OVERVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
The department of public safety is the primary department at the University charged with creating a safe and secure environment. DPS operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The department’s 110 staff members contribute to a comprehensive and integrated safety and security program in collaboration with the Princeton community.
DPS comprises the following functional areas:
• Office of the Assistant Vice President: The office of the assistant vice president for public safety is composed of a core leadership team who manage and support the daily operational and administrative functions of DPS.
• Art Museum and Library Security: DPS provides security staffing and oversight for both the Firestone Library and University Art Museum. For both clients, DPS provides administrative oversight in planning, coordinating, and managing security operations. The security officers help enforce library and museum policies and ensure safety of the valuable books, cherished art, and patrons. The Firestone Library is staffed by officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Officers are stationed throughout the library to ensure compliance with university and public safety regulations. The library staff is includes both library security officers and security supervisors. At the library’s front desk, DPS officers check for university IDs or guest passes and check bags upon exit. At the museum, officers are stationed throughout the galleries and control room to monitor all activities. The Art Museum staff is includes both Art Museum security officers and Art Museum security supervisors. Officers stationed in the control room supervise the card access system, campus video management system (CVMS) and fire alarm systems in the galleries and provide badges to visiting staff and docents.
• Sworn University Police Officers: DPS’s sworn, unarmed university police officers have the authority of commissioned police officers with full power of arrest deriving their law enforcement authority from New Jersey statutes (Title 18A, Sections 6-4.2 and 6-4.5) and the Trustees of Princeton University.
• Non-sworn University Security Officers: Non-sworn security officers work in different areas of Princeton’s campus: on patrol around campus, in the Firestone Library, and in the Princeton University Art Museum. Non-sworn security officers are empowered by the institution to enforce university regulations. These officers attend a training program sponsored by the New Jersey College and University Public Safety Association that provides a basic orientation to the theories of campus security. Non-sworn security officers participate in field training and an evaluation program to further orient them to providing campus public safety services. Officers that patrol the campus are primarily responsible for building security, event security, and enforcement of parking and traffic regulations.
• Welcome Desk and University Operator: DPS also houses the University’s operator system. The operator represents Princeton University and DPS with utmost professionalism and cordiality, greeting callers and visitors to campus, giving out general information about the University, and transferring callers to the appropriate destination.
• The Communication Center: The Communication Center oversees the state-of-the-art electronic security infrastructure for Princeton University and is staffed with trained and certified communications dispatchers. The center is a certified public safety answering point (PSAP) for 9-1-1 calls. These dispatchers answer calls for service; monitor intrusion detection, and duress and fire alarms; provide temporary Princeton ID cards should a student find themselves locked out of their residence after hours; and provide other emergency services to community members, which include answering the many emergency phones on campus.
• The Detective Bureau: The Detective Bureau at DPS consists of a detective-sergeant and two sworn detectives. The detectives are extensively trained in all facets of conducting investigations for all types of incidents. Their responsibilities include crime scene examinations, case follow-up, investigations, offender processing, and presenting cases for prosecution.
• Community Relations: A primary goal of DPS is to develop and maintain strong, lasting partnerships with the local community. Incorporating the partnership and community caretaking 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.
• Office of the Fire Marshal: The office of the fire marshal is responsible for enforcement of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code and conducting fire inspections of university-owned buildings in accordance with the Code. The fire marshal responds to all fires and hazardous material incidents. The fire marshal is also responsible for providing leadership in the development and management of a comprehensive fire prevention program that includes emergency evacuation drills, fire safety education, emergency procedure planning, and fire data analysis.