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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 the Office of Public Safety are located in Whittier Hall, Suite 1A.  The offices are open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  The phone number for the administrative office is 212.678.3340. 

The Public Safety Central Information Center (CIC) located in the Whittier Hall lobby is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The non-emergency phone number for the CIC is 212.678.3220.  On-campus emergencies should be immediately reported to 212.678.3333 from any off-campus phone or to 3333 from any on-campus phone.  Public Safety, police, fire, and/or emergency medical services can be reached through the emergency line at 3333.

Public Safety Officers are assigned to both fixed and mobile posts.  Officers are stationed at Public Safety Desks throughout campus.  The Public Safety Desks at the Zankel Building, Whittier Hall, New Residence Hall, and Bancroft Hall are staffed 24 hours a day seven days a week. 

The Office of Public Safety is staffed by approximately 40 members.  Uniformed Public Safety Officers are licensed by the State of New York and are also trained and certified as New York City Fire Safety Directors (FSD). Our PSO's are certified in First Aid, CPR, and the operation of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).  The Office is led by a Director of Public Safety, an Associate Director of Public Safety, and five Assistant Directors of Public Safety.


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