Administration and Public Safety
The Division of Administration and Public Safety (APS) is
committed to further improving the quality of safety on campus while providing
administrative and business support services to multiple departments. Our goal is
to work in partnership with students, faculty, and staff to provide a safe,
enjoyable, and fulfilling university experience.
APS is responsible for responding to all emergencies,
suspicious activities, crimes, and safety concerns while providing parking and
transportation services. Our departments are also involved in centralized waste
management, stormwater compliance, and surplus collection and material storage,
and we manage Rutgers' own four and one-half star, 18-hole golf course, the
Rutgers bookstore, postal operation, and mail delivery.
Rutgers' three regional campuses are at a significant
geographic distance from one another. For that reason, each unit maintains a
fully staffed police headquarters, and emergency contact information varies by
location. Safety Matters details public
safety statistics, services, and programs on each of Rutgers' regional
campuses. The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires Rutgers to
issue a statement advising the campus community where information concerning
registered sex offenders may be obtained. This information is available in Safety
Matters or by visiting http://www.nj.gov/njsp/info/reg_sexoffend.html.
To have a printed copy of Safety Matters mailed to you free of charge, please contact the appropriate Rutgers
University Police Department office at one of the following numbers, or view
the online version at any of the following websites:
(crime statistics are available at http://nwkpolice.rutgers.edu/stats.html)
New Brunswick Campus: http://aps.rutgers.edu/APS_files/SAFETY_MATTERS_10-11.pdf
Rutgers University Police Department
On all campuses, the Rutgers University Police Department
(RUPD) operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to provide the university
community with a full range of police and security services. The departments
are committed to providing quality law enforcement and security services to
enhance the quality of life for all students, employees, and visitors.
The RUPD employs full-time armed police officers and unarmed
security officers that enforce parking regulations, provide escorts, and serve
as additional eyes and ears for the police, and nearly 100 part-time students
(community service officers) who provide a wide range of security-related
functions to supplement the RUPD mission.
Rutgers University police officers are certified by the New
Jersey Police Training Commission and additionally receive supplemental
training to ensure their ability to provide high-quality policing services. All
security officers and community service officers receive 40 hours of formal
training through the New Jersey College and University Public Safety
In addition, the police department in New Brunswick operates
a 9-1-1 Communications Center and the police departments in Camden and Newark provide
emergency and nonemergency call-taking and dispatching services. The centers operate 24 hours a day, 7
days a week and are staffed by telecommunicators. Telecommunicators have
immediate access to the university's vast network of "Cameras for Safety," with
over 2,000 cameras, and the ability to simultaneously review live and
previously recorded footage and relay pertinent information to responders.
The university police departments are located at the
addresses listed below and can be reached at the following nonemergency
409 North Fourth Street
Camden, NJ 08102-1406
200 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102-1813
New Brunswick Campus
55 Commercial Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1340
To report emergencies (police, fire, and emergency medical),
please dial 911; or from university Centrex telephones, obtain an outside line
and dial 911. You also can contact the police by using the blue light emergency
telephones located throughout the campuses.
The Security Technologies Group is responsible for the
installation and service of access control systems, intrusion and panic alarm
systems, closed-circuit television cameras, and door hardware throughout the
university. All technicians are factory trained and certified on all products
Access control systems that require students, faculty,
staff, and visitors to swipe identification cards to gain access into
university facilities have been put in place at various locations. To date we
have over 1,000 doors of access control at the university and that number
continues to grow. It is important to remember that these state-of-the-art
technologies are utilized for your safety, and you can help support these
practices by not circumventing existing systems or allowing others to do so.
In 2007, the Cameras for Safety project was initiated and we
continue to add to the already 2,000 cameras installed throughout the
university. These cameras are intended to prevent, detect, and record events
that violate university regulations and municipal, state, or federal laws.
The Office of Emergency Management serves all campuses and constantly
works to prepare the university to properly respond to and address emergencies
that threaten public safety. These emergencies may include, but are not limited
to, severe weather conditions, major power failures, fires and explosions,
transportation accidents, other accidents involving mass casualties, release of
hazardous materials, violent crimes, civil disorder, bomb threats, public
health emergencies, acts of terrorism, and other unforeseeable events that
could pose a significant threat to the university community. University
Emergency Planning allows for the highest level of preparedness, prevention-mitigation,
response, and recovery.
Rutgers collaborates with neighboring emergency response
agencies, local governments, the State of New Jersey, the National Guard, and
community partners to regularly conduct exercises designed to better prepare
the university for any kind of emergency or disaster. Rutgers often tests our emergency
operations plans in order to validate and assess those plans. Based on lessons
learned from these exercises and from experiences at other universities
nationwide, Rutgers' Emergency Operational Plans are constantly reviewed and
In times of emergency, the Office of Emergency Management
provides coordination and support for university operations statewide. Some of
the functions include sheltering, communications, evacuations, supplies for
long-term events, and assisting with business continuity and comprehensive
emergency operations plans.
Notification to the Rutgers Community about an
Rutgers Administration and Public Safety (APS) has personnel
assigned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to monitor events on campus. In the
event of an emergent situation, APS has an emergency operation communications
plan and emergency notification procedures that provide for the immediate
notification of the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant
emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or
safety of students or staff. This information will be sent out unless issuing a
notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency.
The university's emergency notification system (ENS) uses
many different and overlapping mechanisms to provide time-critical information
to the Rutgers community, as no single mechanism is sufficient to provide
blanket notification. Methods include email, website announcements, TV, radio,
and text messaging to cell phones, as well as low-tech mass communications such
as electronic signs, bullhorns, and police car speaker systems. Additional
messages may be sent to update the situation, as well as be posted on the
campus operating page http://campusstatus.rutgers.edu.
For questions or
problems concerning the Rutgers ENS, please contact the Rutgers Help Desk in Camden at 856-225-6274, in Newark at 973-353-5083, or in New Brunswick at 732-445-HELP
(4357). You may also email RUOEM@aps.rutgers.edu
with your inquiries.
The Department of Emergency Services is dedicated to
enhancing the safety and quality of life for the university community as well
as the surrounding areas. It provides emergency response, emergency medical
services, public safety education, fire prevention inspection services, and
testing and maintenance of fire suppression and detection equipment. The
department serves all university properties statewide.
Fire safety is a major component of our total safety and
security program. State-certified fire inspectors provide fire safety awareness
training sessions in the residence halls and conduct emergency evacuation
drills to familiarize occupants with emergency procedures. Department personnel
regularly inspect all university buildings and facilities, conduct alarm tests
and fire drills, and enforce the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code. As a
state-licensed ambulance service, the Department of Emergency Services provides
emergency medical care to the university community. The staff of New
Jersey-certified emergency medical technicians responds to emergency medical
calls and provides standby services at major university events.
To obtain more information on emergency services, please
visit http://rues.rutgers.edu or call
Department of Transportation Services
The Department of Transportation Services is committed to
providing all members of the Rutgers community with the best possible solutions
for getting around campus safely and easily.
The university maintains various parking facilities
including permit-controlled lots and decks, metered parking spaces,
access-controlled lots, and restricted assigned lots.
Transportation to, from, and on campus includes campus bus
and shuttle services, walking and bicycle paths, and public transit services.