On November 1, 1971, the Department of Public Safety was established as an administrative branch of the College. It was decided that all field personnel would be hired from the student population. The implementation of students as Public Safety officers offers a unique and innovative air to the sometimes trite and unsettled role of the Campus Public SafetyOfficer.
The basic idea behind the formulation of the John Jay College Department of Public Safety was the establishment of a viable Public Safety program which would be more orientated toward service to the college community than an outside guard service.
To meet this goal, the implementation of student Public Safety officers was deemed as the best, as well as an innovative alternative to standard campus security programs. Besides offering a means of financial support to qualified students, the program seeks to advance the basic theme of the College by providing a valuable extension of the student’s educational experience, as well as offering professional experience. The job is construed as a training program oriented toward developing a positive work ethic, and providing professional experience enabling the student to be better suited to enter the job market when he/she leaves John Jay College.