University Police
2010 Annual Report




2010 Annual Report

State University of New York, College at Oneonta



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Core Values

  • To provide quality law enforcement services to the campus community;
  • To maintain a high standard of personal and professional ethics and constitutional rights;
  • To incorporate law enforcement personnel as part of the educational process in the campus community;
  • To embrace the importance of consultation, teamwork and open discussion with campus constituencies on law enforcement and related safety matter; and
  • To appreciate and value diversity on campus.

Mission Statement
The University Police Department at the State University of New York, College at Oneonta was established primarily to maintain and preserve the peace on campus. It also serves to protect the life and property of all the individuals who utilize the college facilities including students, faculty, staff and visitors. In order that the University Police Department can function properly, suitable personnel are sought who are able to relate to and be part of the College community and they are made members of the department.

In order to do an effective job, the University Police Department also solicits the aid of all segments of the campus community to help us protect and serve all campus personnel, physical facilities and property.

The University Police Department is operated as a basic crime prevention, service and enforcement unit. University Police is the only 24-hour department on campus which the campus community can depend for services at any hour of the day or night. Good service depends on immediate response to any given situation. While the college sleeps, University Police is called upon for services which cannot be given by others. The campus community deserves a law enforcement operation that can act as a protective and preventive force that can respond intelligently, swiftly and effectively to any emergency or other situation.
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Our People
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In fall 2010, approximately 5,842 undergraduate students and 170 graduate students were enrolled at the College at Oneonta.  Approximately 3,361 undergraduate students resided in 16 residence halls on campus.  The college employs approximately 258 full-time faculty and 245 part-time faculty, and 914 staff in administrative and support positions.  This does not include the many visitors that are on campus on a daily basis.

To serve that community, the University Police Department strives to keep a full-time staff of 27 people who perform the following functions:

  •  Chief (1)
    • The chief of university police is responsible for the planning, directing, coordinating, controlling and staffing all of the department activities to include the protection of people, personal property, state property and equipment and the enforcement of laws and regulation within its legal jurisdiction.   
  • Lieutenants (4)
    • University police lieutenants are supervisory police officers.  In addition to the general and individual responsibilities of all members and employees, lieutenants are specifically responsible for the following on their shift.
  • Officers (12)
    • University Police Officers are responsible for the detection and prevention of crime and the enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations for the protection of persons and property and the general maintenance of peace, order, and security.  
  • Dispatchers (6)
    • A primary assignment performed by dispatchers is that of desk officer, including communications related activities such as dispatching and operating a data terminal. They also assist University Police as appropriate through duties such as enforcing parking regulations or assisting with fire safety duties.
  •  Emergency Management Coordinator
  •  Parking Office Staff (2)
  •  Administrative Assistant

The University Police Department is staffed twenty-four hours a day each and every day of the year. 

In order to apply for a position as a University Police Officer, applicants must have a minimum of 60 credit hours of college education.  In addition, officers are required to undergo the following training:

  • Basic Course for Police Officers
  • Field Training (12-16 weeks)
    • The new officer is assigned to an experienced officer who is certified as a Field Training Officer.  At the beginning of field training, the new officer is observing the Field Training Officer do the job.  By the end of field training, the Field Training Officer observes the new officer as they do the job.  The new officer is evaluated on their performance daily.
  • Yearly Updates
    • Penal Law Article 35 – Defense of Justification (Use of Force)
    • Bi-annual qualification with duty weapons
    • CPR/AED


In addition to the minimum training, sworn officers at SUNY Oneonta are also certified in the following areas:

  • New York Statewide Police Information Network (NYSPIN) / E-Justice
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 700, and 800
  • Radar/Lidar Operator

In addition to these certifications, sworn officers at SUNY Oneonta and have pursued training and certifications in the following areas:

  • Bike Patrol (6)
  • Breath Test Operators (5)
  • Crime Scene Photographyannual report
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Department Armorers
    • AR-15
    • Glock
    • Remington Shotgun
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Evidence Room Management
  • Field Training Officer (9)
  • ICS 300 (8)
  • ICS 400 (4)
  • TAC Officer (NYSPIN/E-Justice)

As can be seen, training is strongly encouraged throughout this department.  In order to facilitate this training, department personnel have volunteered to serve as instructors.  The University Police currently have instructors certified in the following areas:

  • Aerosol Restraint
  • Baton/Expandable Baton
  • Breath Test Operator
  • Defensive Driving (3)
  • Defensive Tactics (2)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operation
  • Ethics
  • Firearms (4)
  • First Aid (3)
  • General Topics Instructors (9)
  • Incident Command (4)
  • Instructor Evaluator (7)
  • Master Instructors (2)
  • Patrol Rifle Instructor (4)
  • Physical Fitness Training (3)
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) (5)
  • RAD Kids (2)
  • Radar/LIDAR
  • Security Guard Certification
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing


In keeping with academic goals of SUNY Oneonta and given the considerable expertise this department has to offer, the University Police Department has taught the following courses:

  • Basic Course for Police Officers
  • Active Shooter (with re-certifications)
  • Bike School
  • Breath Test Operator
  • Defensive Driving
  • Field Training Officer
  • Incident Command System (ICS) 300, 400
  • Instructor Development Course
  • Instructor Evaluator
  • Patrol Rifle Operator
  • Radar/LIDAR
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
  • RAD Kids
  • Security Guard Training
  • Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
  • Van Training
  • Workplace Violence

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Statistics – 2010  
Parking Summons                                                  5736
Vehicles Towed                                                       19
Traffic Tickets                                                          229
Arrests                                                                       101
Referrals to Student Development                   132
Building Lockouts                                                   127
Auto Assists                                                              221
Lost and Found Property                                     103
Educational Prints                                                  329
Fire Drills                                                                  114
Crime Prevention Notices                                    488
Vehicle Registrations                                             15102
Presentations                                                          15
Escorts                                                                       388
Ambulance Calls                                                     122
OSES Calls                                                                 200
Service and Regulatory Reports                         684
Crime Incident Reports                                         360

Additional information on the University Police Department at the State University of New York at Oneonta can be found at our website:

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Emergency Management


The State University of New York (SUNY) requires every campus to develop and maintain an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that meets or exceeds the requirements set forth by the State University of New York.  In the event of an emergency, the top priorities of the State University of New York are to (1) Protect life; (2) Protect critical facilities; and (3) Restore campus operations.

An emergency or crisis situation can arise at the State University of New York at Oneonta any time and for many reasons. Emergencies range from chemical spills, fires and bomb threats to explosions, natural disasters, and civil disturbances such as riots or labor unrest.

The SUNY at Oneonta Emergency Response Plan is a procedural document, which incorporates the Incident Command System for organizing, coordinating and directing available resources toward the control of an emergency. The plan includes a chain of command establishing the authority and responsibility of various individuals. In emergencies, procedures sometimes must be changed at an instant's notice; therefore, responsible and knowledgeable persons who know the procedures have the authority to make necessary modifications.

This Emergency Response Plan is designed to outline a plan of action so that emergencies can be dealt with immediately in a logical and coherent manner. The intention of the Emergency Response Plan is not to establish policy, but to create a framework that will allow an immediate response to an emergency.

This plan is the result of the recognition by the college officials that there is a responsibility to manage emergency and disaster situation on campus and coordinate with all public safety and local government officials. The college recognized that a comprehensive plan is needed that is compliant with HSPD-5, including the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS). The plan is also consistent with, and closely linked to city, county and state plans.

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Other Services

annual reportChild Safety Seats
The University Police Department has specially trained officers to assist in the proper installation of your child safety seat.    
Escort Program
The University Police Department provides escort services from dusk to dawn for the safety of anyone walking alone on the campus at night.

Fire Safety
The University Police Department is responsible for maintaining fire safety on the college campus, keeping our training and equipment in strict compliance with the laws, rules, and regulations of New York State.

The University Police Department in conjunction with College’s Criminal Justice Program provides internships each semester.  These internships provide students with the opportunity to learn more about the unique challenges of law enforcement on a college campus.
annual reportOSES                                                                                                             
The Oneonta State Emergency Squad, widely known as OSES, is a student run organization that has been serving the campus community since 1993. OSES provides the campus and surrounding communities with Emergency Medical Services (EMS) when requested. These services include, but are not limited to Emergencies, Event Standbys, and Mutual Aid. OSES works closely with the University Police Department (UPD) on campus to provide the best possible care. OSES takes pride in providing emergency services to their fellow students as well as faculty, staff and other members of the campus community.

annual reportRape Aggression Defense (RAD)                                            
The Rape Aggression Defense System is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault, by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. This system is a realistic defense that will provide a woman with the knowledge to make an educated decision about resistance. RAD operates on the premise, supported by research, that a spontaneous violent attack will stimulate a natural desire to resist on the part of the victim. RAD educates women about "The Flight or Fight Syndrome", while showing them that enhancing their option of physical defense is not only prudent, but a necessity if natural resistance is to be effective.

Safety and survival in today's world requires a definite course of action. The RAD System is an effective option teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well being.

annual reportThe NYS University Police at SUNY Oneonta hosts a self defense and self awareness program for preschoolers known as “radKIDS”.   Lt. Michael O’Donnell and T-Sgt. Nathan Leonard instruct the “radKIDS” program at two locations, Oneonta Head Start and The Bugbee Children’s Center.  The NYS University Police at SUNY Oneonta is fortunate enough to be one of only five SUNY’s that offer this program across the state.
                The “radKIDS” program is based on accelerated learning theory and realistic physical resistance options to escape violence. Curriculum topics range from Home and School Safety, to Out and About Safety, to Realistic Defense Against Abduction as well as GOOD, Bad, and Uncomfortable Touch. Through “radKIDS” training, children become empowered and learn to replace the fear, confusion, and panic of dangerous situations with confidence, person safety skills and self-esteem.
                The radKIDS program was developed by radKIDS Inc. in 1998 and is dedicated to providing proven and effect life saving skills for children by teaching them how to “Resist Aggression Defensively.”  O’Donnell and Leonard attended a 30 hour instructor program, in South Dennis, Massachusetts, to become certified to bring this program to the children, ages 4-12, in our area.
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Our History

  • September 20, 1968 — The birth of the SUNY Public Safety program with the creation of a SUNY security force.
  • 1969 — The Education Law puts the jurisdiction of the officers at one mile beyond the campus.
  • 1971 — The first “Campus Security” Civil Service exam held.
  • August 1972 — First Campus Security Officer training course held at the NYSP Academy in Albany.
  • 1973 — SUNY officers are dressed in brown uniforms to make them distinct from municipal officers.
  • 1974 — University at Albany is the first campus security department to be armed.
  • 1977 — Adoption of the “Public Safety” model.
  • 1978 — Name change from Campus Security to Public Safety.
  • 1980 — Public Safety Officers listed as peace officers in the Criminal Procedure Law.
  • 1983 — Public Safety Officers empowered to issue appearance tickets.
  • 1986 — First Public Safety Officer Academy held at the NYSP Academy.
  • 1989 — Change from brown uniforms to blue/gray uniforms.
  • 1993 — First legislative proposal to change from peace officers to police officers.
  • 1998 — University Police legislation signed into law by Governor Pataki.
  • 1999 — SUNY Public Safety becomes the State University Police.

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As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception; the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all people to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and to be mindful of the welfare of others.  I will remain honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life.  I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of the Force.  Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions.  With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service.  I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself to my chosen profession…law enforcement.

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