Community Policing

The New York State University Police at Binghamton follow a community policing model — a collaborative relationship between our department and the community we serve — to identify issues of crime and disorder and work together to solve them. This relationship is founded on close, mutually beneficial ties between our officers and members of the campus community. Our mutual goal is to develop a strong, self-sufficient community and to create an atmosphere in which serious crime will not flourish.
At the center of community policing are three essential and complementary components: community partnership, problem solving and change management. To help us realize these, we do our best to be present in the community in positive ways: speaking to student groups; participating in campus events; and offering educational programs on personal safety, crime prevention and other safety issues to students, faculty and staff. Our officers are familiar figures on campus, approachable and understanding of the nature of law enforcement on a college campus.

To see University Police's Community Policing efforts in action, visit our Facebook page.

How to work with us

A number of the educational programs offered by New York State University Police have been developed to help us build bridges with our many communities. You can find a list of the programs we offer on our Programs page, or request copies of the following brochures from our office by emailing us at police@binghamton.edu

  • What to do if Stopped by Police: A Guide for the Community
    There are many reasons the police may stop you, but whatever the reason, they need your assistance and cooperation. They might think you need assistance or protection, that you have witnessed a crime or something suspicious, that you fit a description of an individual they are seeking for information or they suspect you have committed or are about to commit a crime. The most common reason for being stopped at Binghamton University is for a traffic violation. In any instance, remain calm, keep your hands in sight and avoid becoming argumentative. 
  • Your Partners in Campus Safety
    Personal safety and crime prevention are priorities at Binghamton University, which is why the campus is equipped with more than 80 highly visible "blue-light" telephones that connect directly to the New York State University Police Dispatch Center when picked up. Campus gates are closed to vehicular traffic from midnight to 5 a.m. and residence hall access is by key card only.
  • Improving your Safety on and off Campus
    Tips for staying safe at home, on campus, while walking or driving, when using public transportation, when interacting with the police.
  • Preventing Sexual Assault
    Information on staying safe while at parties, facts about sexual assaults in the United States, what to do if you've been assaulted, how to help a friend and what you can do to prevent sexual assaults, along with a list of resources.
  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program
    Learn to be aware and what you can do to defend yourself if you find yourself in a situation where you may be sexually assaulted.
  • Top 5 Things You Can Do to Keep You and Your Stuff Safe
    Lock your doors, keep your stuff with you, use the buddy system, be aware and stay sober.
  • Interactive Public Safety Map
    Maps for multiple campus locations showing AED and blue light locations. As well as the location of key public safety departments and other useful information.