About Our Team
Community Safety and Security’s highest priority is the safety of all community members. From students to external visitors, our team makes every effort to have positive interactions with everyone we encounter.
Inclusion is at the core of campus safety
The university’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion has significantly influenced our service delivery model. We invest in mandatory training on topics such as anti-oppression, anti-racism, suicide intervention and sexual violence, which allows our team to understand the needs of all community members, including racialized and marginalized groups.
The Crime Prevention and Community Engagement team aims to reduce and deter criminal activity on the Ryerson campus and deepen community relationships and trust through intentional interactions between Community Safety and Security and the community we serve.
We attain this by:
- Providing the Ryerson Community with effective subject matter expertise in crime prevention tools and techniques.
- Building and maintaining relationships with community partners and key stakeholders.
- Fostering a sense of community and collaboration with Ryerson Community Safety and Security and its partners.
- Playing a key role in overall community safety and security and university asset protection.
- Supporting targeted education initiatives for our community.
Emergency Management and Preparedness is responsible for developing and maintaining policies, procedures and initiatives to prepare the community to be better able to respond to and recover from emergencies.
We work to organize and manage resources and procedures for dealing with all aspects of emergencies (preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery) by:
- identifying potential risks;
- developing and maintaining emergency plans;
- developing procedures;
- conducting emergency tabletop, functional and full scale exercises;
- delivering training; and
- maintaining the university’s mass notification system.
Our department’s Investigations Office is responsible for the investigation of crime and other security incidents directly impacting the campus. Our objective is to:
- reduce crime;
- recover property;
- identify suspects;
- establish vulnerabilities;
Our team reviews reports of criminal and security incidents; interviews people with potential knowledge of incidents; collects, preserves and presents evidence; liaises with stakeholders, engages in major case management and liaises with external law enforcement, criminal courts and internal judicial bodies. We pass along matters to the Crime Prevention and Community Engagement Office for follow up.
Successfully identifying suspects, recovering property and providing evidence for appropriate proceedings, coupled with effective crime prevention practices, plays a very significant role in reducing criminal incidents and security risks.
The Risk Management Office helps the university identify, assess and respond to potential risks of violence to students and employees at the university. The team often works collaboratively with several other departments in the university to provide a comprehensive approach to each situation in a structured process, following these steps:
- Early Assessment
- Data Collection
- Risk Management Plan
- Communications and Follow up
The team also conducts event risk assessments to help make events as safe as they can be. This is done collaboratively and follows the Event Risk Assessment process for both students and employees.
Currently, our security guards provide front-line response to issues and concerns in security and emergency response-related areas on campus who:
- deliver 24/7 coverage of the campus;
- respond to emergencies and offer emergency medical assistance;
- provide WalkSafe escorts; and
- perform safety patrols on foot and by bike.
Our staff are highly-qualified security professionals contracted by GardaWorld Protective Services who receive additional, comprehensive, Ryerson-specific training.
Advanced medical expertise
In addition to basic CPR training, Ryerson’s front-line crew members have advanced medical knowledge, including:
- Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) training; and
- International Trauma Life Support (ILTS) training for both the general population and pediatrics in order to support the Ryerson Early Learning Centre.
This equips crew members with skills in prehospital trauma care, commonly offered by paramedics and first responders.
To ensure community members are provided with adequate support services, we collaborate with campus partners like Ryerson’s Centre for Student Development and Counselling.
Security Infrastructure Services is responsible for planning, designing, installing and managing the array of security systems infrastructure on campus:
- building perimeter systems;
- client systems;
- card readers;
- door contact alarms;
- locking automation;
- motion detectors; and
- security cameras
We work with internal stakeholders to provide Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) approaches, risk based infrastructure planning, installation project management and ongoing infrastructure support and management.