The Buffalo State Community Policing Advisory Committee values positive relationships between and among all members of the Buffalo State College community and the University Police. In order to enhance the quality of the academic life at Buffalo State College, ensure the safety of its members and promote equal partners in policing, a supportive community oriented approach to law enforcement is required. Therefore, we adopt and share the following Community Policing philosophy to make our intentions clear
The full Buffalo State College Community Policing Policy can be found HERE. Below is a small introductory statement:
Buffalo State College approaches community oriented policing as a philosophy designed to create an environment that focuses on crime prevention and problem solving through the establishment of partnerships among University Police, students, staff, faculty and campus visitors. For example, police officers may provide ideas and strategies to students for the prevention of theft from residence halls, and students may act as a campus watch to inform University Police of suspicious persons or activities in the residence halls. 1 | Page The key to positive community oriented policing is sensitivity to the needs of the community and effective communication among community members. Officers are encouraged to participate in campus-wide activities in order to forge a strong relationship. Community members are encouraged to freely approach University Police officers and socialize for the same reasons. Community oriented policing and effective communication provide the opportunity for all community members to clarify misunderstandings, reduce erroneous perceptions, restrict stereotyping, and deflect rumors, thereby understanding one another's community roles and respecting each other's individuality. This approach seeks to secure old traditions and build new traditions that envision positive interactions throughout the campus community. The end result will be a safer and more secure living and learning environment at Buffalo State College.
For more information on Community Policing please visit this site: https://police.buffalostate.edu/community-policing
Since 1984, SUNY Trustees’ policy has required campuses to appoint personal safety advisory groups. Trustees’ resolution 84-108 (May 23, 1984) endorsed actions taken by the chancellor directing State University campus presidents to establish advisory groups to study issues and make recommendations relating to person safety, particularly the personal safety concerns of women. In 1989, SUNY Chancellor D. Bruce Johnstone requested that each SUNY campus convene a campus safety forum to:
The 1990 amendment to Section 6450 of the Education Law added two major components to State University practice and policy:
SUNY has further recommended the Campus Safety Forum serve as the body monitoring the campus response to the July 2008 New York State Expanded Access to Family Court law, which expanded the jurisdiction of Family Court to provide access to those who are in an “intimate relationship” –who are non-married, non-parent victims of domestic violence, regardless of whether they are currently, formerly, or have yet at any point lived together or engaged in sexual relations. This protection has also been extended to adolescents in dating relationships who may also be victims of domestic violence, PL 530.11-1(c) & FCA 812-(c).
Buffalo State’s Campus Safety Forum is concerned with increasing safety awareness for all members of the campus community. Faculty, staff, and students should be especially alert during evening hours and when evening classes are dismissed. Faculty members are encouraged to urge students to use the campus escort service or to walk with a partner in the evening. Questions about the Safety Forum can be addressed to the Dean of Students Office located in 311 Campbell Student Union.
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