Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety

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Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety
CCC OPS Department Patch.jpg
Abbreviation CCC Office of Public Safety
Agency overview
Formed 1953
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction Cayuga, New York, USA
Legal jurisdiction City of Auburn, NY and City of Fulton, NY
Headquarters Auburn Campus

Public Safety Officers 14
Facilities
Colleges

2 Colleges

Both colleges are sponsored by Cayuga County, New York, and are units of the State University of New York
Website
Cayuga Community College Campus Police Website

The Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety is a law enforcement entity consisting of sworn New York State peace officers who have taken an oath to serve and protect both the Auburn Main Campus located in Cayuga County, NY, and the Fulton Branch Campus located in Oswego County, NY. The Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety operates two main sections of service: campus police patrol operations and safety operations.

Currently, the Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety consists of a Director of Public Safety/Chief Public Safety Officer, Patrol Commander/Lieutenant, Public Safety Sergeant and 14 part-time Public Safety Officers who also hold positions as police officers in several area municipalities. All members of the Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety have exceeded the State University of New York (SUNY) Peace Officer Training standards by attending a full police academy.

History[edit]

Prior to 2005, Auburn City Police Officers provided campus police services under the color of the Auburn City Police Department. In 2005, Cayuga County Civil Service required the college to hire Public Safety Officers through the Civil Service process, which requires a written test, and successful completion of the Police Academy. The College Board of Trustees decided to exercise their right under New York State Criminal Procedure Law Article 2.10 Subsection 78 and install peace officers. The city police officers were allowed to lateral into the part-time positions, the Chief who also worked for an area police department was granted peace officer status, and the full-time Sergeant was subsequently sent to the police academy and granted peace officer status.

The present day Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety was born.

Training[edit]

Though state regulation only requires SUNY Community College Peace Officers to attend approximately 400 hours of training, Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety requires their Public Safety Officers to attend a full 800+ hour police academy. This means that these peace officers are trained as equally as their municipal police officer counterparts.

Equipment[edit]

All Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety officers are armed with Glock .40 caliber semi-automatic pistols, batons, pepper spray, and handcuffs. There are potential future plans for training and equipping the officers with tasers. The president of all SUNY Community Colleges determine whether or not officers on their campus will carry firearms. Cayuga Community College's President has decided to allow such tools to be carried.

Power and authority[edit]

Cayuga Community College Public Safety Officers are designated as New York State peace officers in accordance with Article 2.10 Subsection 78, of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law. As New York State peace officers, these officers are fully sworn and commissioned by the State of New York to enforce the laws of New York State in their jurisdiction, which lies on the two campuses of the college, all other college property, and the adjoining roadways between campuses and/or other college property. Article 140 of the New York State Criminal Procedure Law explains the arrest authority of Police and Peace Officers in and outside their geographical area of employment. Public Safety officers may act on warrants that come to their attention, but applying for and executing search warrants on the two college campuses, other college property, and the adjoining roadways is the jurisdiction of the respective local municipal police agency. Other powers include warrantless arrests, the use of deadly physical force, and issuing tickets and court summonses.

Relationship with municipal police agencies[edit]

Cayuga Community College Office of Public Safety shares an excellent professional relationship with the Auburn City Police Department, Fulton City Police Department, Cayuga County Sheriff's Office, Oswego County Sheriff's Department, and the New York State Police.

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