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Public safety to move to new offices Oct. 31

The Princeton University Department of Public Safety will move to new offices beginning Monday, Oct. 31, to better serve the University community and to accommodate evolving space needs.   

In a two-phased relocation, the department's administrative and patrol staff will move from public safety's current home at Stanhope Hall to a newly renovated facility at 200 Elm Drive at the end of this month, followed by the relocation of the communications and dispatch center to the same site in mid-December.

A central feature of the new facility is a state-of-the-art communications and dispatch center, which serves as the hub of public safety response and alarm monitoring. The center is an upgrade from the current dispatch center that was established when technology and administrative needs were not as complex as they are today. The center will be managed by Lauren Sylvester, formerly the manager of the Facilities Customer Service Center.

The new location on Elm Drive, just north of the MacMillan Building and across from Bloomberg Hall, will triple the floor space for the department which has been located in Stanhope Hall since 1958. It will also provide for a centralized point of contact for visitors to the department.

Student, faculty and staff walk-ins will continue to reach the current dispatch center at Stanhope Hall until it is relocated to 200 Elm Drive on or about Dec. 15. The emergency contact number for the University community will continue to be 9-1-1.

Public safety will occupy the first and second floors of its new building, as well as the basement. The department will share the building with staff from the Office of Design and Construction, which will occupy the third floor. The site formerly served as the boiler house that supplied the campus with steam for heating and energy. It became available for renovation after the University built a new cogeneration plant for steam in 1998. Director of Public Safety Steven Healy has administered the relocation plans since his appointment in 2003.

More information about the Department of Public Safety is available online and in its 2005 Campus Security Report.

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