A law enforcement union representing State University of New York police officers has issued a public warning and a series of safety tips in light of several violent incidents that occurred on or near SUNY campuses this fall.
Just last month, a SUNY Brockport student was beaten to death in her campus dorm room, two SUNY Albany students were injured in unrelated attacks, one of whom was shot, and a University at Buffalo student was injured while being robbed, among other campus crimes.
Daniel DeFedericis, the union’s executive director, criticized SUNY administration for not doing more to mitigate crime.
“For the past six months, law enforcement officers who are committed to protecting the university community have been trying to alert SUNY administration that there are public safety concerns on its campuses,” said Daniel DeFedericis, the union’s executive director. “However, despite repeated and persistent efforts, our alerts are either being dismissed or ignored and clearly inconsistent with Governor Cuomo’s recent statements regarding potential threats on SUNY campuses and the administration’s commitment to the safety of the SUNY system.”