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A Message from the Director of Public Safety

The safety and security of the Hofstra community and its 244-acre campus is The Department of Public Safety's highest priority. Through our partnership with students, faculty and staff, we are able to maintain a campus that is safe and conducive to learning. Together we form a powerful team. The Department of Public Safety encourages the Hofstra community to take advantage of the many services that are provided by Public Safety to help keep our community safe and to “Step-up” and report any suspicious activity to Public Safety for immediate response. 

The Department of Public Safety enjoys a great working partnership with both the Nassau County and Village of Hempstead Police Departments which are responsible for enforcement outside our campus. The Public Safety administrative staff and officers are among the best in their field. All Public Safety officers are licensed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.  Public Safety officers receive training in emergency management response, crime prevention, sensitivity, diversity, community relations, investigations, report writing, defensive tactics, fire prevention and control, and sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking.  All officers are New York state-certified first responders and certified in CPR. Augmenting the efforts of the Public Safety team are approximately 300 student safety representatives who work in residence halls, student patrol officers who assist in maintaining order on campus, and special event staff who assist with student-sponsored events.

To ensure that we are meeting our mission to “protect with pride”, the Hofstra community is encouraged to provide any suggestions, comments or concerns related to the department by emailing us at PublicSafety@Hofstra.edu. If you prefer to discuss the matter in person, please email your contact information and some suggested times when you can be reached to discuss your feedback.  Working together, we can ensure the safety of our campus community.

Karen O'Callaghan

Director of Public Safety
Hofstra University

Public Safety

In case of an emergency, call 516-463-6789 Public Safety Front Desk 516-463-6606