2017 Public Safety Award Recipients Go Above and Beyond to Keep Campus Safe

On March 2, 2017, the Columbia University Department of Public Safety held its annual Promotion, Awards & Recognition Ceremony at Low Library to honor members of the University community whose talent and dedication help make Columbia's campuses safe.

In addition to the promotions of 17 Public Safety personnel for outstanding service and recognition of 21 Public Safety personnel for perfect attendance - highlighted by Security Officer Michael Layne who has not missed a day of work in 16 years - four Facilities and Operations staff members received Exceptional Service Awards.

Porters Wendel Charles (Dining) and Anthony Perez (Residential Operations) were awarded for their assistance in apprehending a criminal after recognizing the suspect from a crime alert, and Executive Director of Campus Services Finance Antonella Contrera and CUMC Director of Housing Tanya Kent-James were awarded for consistently going above and beyond in their respective roles to make it easier for Public Safety to do their job.

Public Safety Security Officer James Dooner received the coveted Ricardo Morales Crime Prevention Award for leading the department in helping to identify and arrest suspects.

Introductory remarks by University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis and closing thoughts from Vice President of Public Safety James McShane acknowledged the pride, professionalism and service exhibited by each of the honorees that help keep our campus community safe and open.