Campus safety and security are coordinated by the University Police Department, which has a force of eighteen sworn police officers with full arrest powers. As an armed police department, patrol members respond to all emergencies and are dispatched by six professionally trained dispatchers.
State University of New York Police Officers must meet the highest standards in New York State for Law Enforcement Officers. The officers have passed a basic training program administered by the State University of New York State Police Academy in Albany, NY or a local regional Police Academy, and undergo continuous training to upgrade their skills. Officers have been trained in emergency medical procedures and first aid. They conduct foot, bike and vehicular patrols on the campus and residence hall areas 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The objectives of the University Police are to provide a safe environment for teaching, research and social endeavors and to protect the lives and property of the students, employees and visitors of SUNY Oneonta. This objective is pursued within the framework of the SUNY Oneonta rules and regulations and all local, state and federal laws. The investigation of crimes committed on the campus fall under the jurisdiction of the University Police Department. The University Police also work closely with the City of Oneonta Police, Otsego County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police to assist them with incidents that may occur off campus but involve campus staff or students.