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About the Office of Public Safety


The Teachers College Office of Public Safety

Teachers College maintains a full service proprietary Office of Public Safety charged with providing a safe and secure environment in which College community members can enjoy the Teachers College experience.  Public Safety staff members operate 24 hours a day seven days a week providing security for both the academic and the residential buildings on campus.

The administrative offices for Public Safety are located in
 Whittier Hall, Suite 1A. 
Office hours:Monday through Friday, from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Phone number:  212.678.3340. 
After Business hours (Non-emergency 212-678-3111 
Fax number: 212.678.3967
The Public Safety dispatch center (CIC) is located in
the lobby of Whittier Hall at 1230 Amsterdam Ave. 
Hours of operation: 24/7 
Main number / Non-emergency:X 3220    
(Off campus or from a cell phone  212.678.3220) 
On-campus Emergency phone number: X 3333
(From a cell phone dial 212.678.3333)
Public Safety will contact Police, Fire, and/or EMS.  
Public Safety Officers are assigned to both fixed and mobile posts throughout  the campus.  Public Safety Desks at the Zankel Building, Whittier Hall, New Residence Hall, and Bancroft Hall are staffed 24/7. 

The Office of Public Safety is staffed by approximately 40 members.  Uniformed Officers are licensed by the State of New York and are trained and certified as New York City Fire Safety Directors (FSD). Officer's are also certified in First Aid, CPR, and the operation of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).  Public Safety is led by an Assistant Vice President  (AVP), three Associate Directors and four Assistant Directors.  The  AVP of Public Safety also oversees the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS).