Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The Syracuse University campus community is rallying behind a public safety officer after he was demoted from his current position.
Former-corporal Joe Shanley and several others in the Department of Public Safety were given pay-cuts and shift changes, but student support is paying off.
Students, including Officer Joe Stanley's two children and members of the SU football team, have rallied in support of their most beloved member in the Department of Public Safety.
Sophomore Robert Trudo said, “Joe treats me, the football team, and the rest of the students on this campus like his own family and you can't take that away.”
After more than a decade with the Syracuse Police Department and 6 years with campus safety, the university is changing Joe Shanley and several other people's positions from shift commanders and corporals, to public safety officers.
The officers will have new shifts and were going to get pay cuts as part of the school's re-organization plan. But, after a weekend of student protest, the university changed its position Monday, announcing, "To minimize the impact on those whose positions will change, we have revisited the salary issue to eliminate significant downward salary shifts."
Dean of Student Affairs Tom Wolfe told NewsChannel 9, “It's about continuing to improve the whole organization and so Joe will continue to be a vital part of that organization.”
It’s a win for the students who are grateful for an officer like Joe Shanley, who they say is dedicated to respect and community policing.
SU Junior Ahmed Mohamed said, “Joe always makes himself available. He always, kind of, lets you know that he's there and he's a form of comfort to a lot of students.”
Aminah Ibrahim, a junior, said, “He really understands all the students and where they're coming from. He’s still young at heart but he's also a good father figure to everybody.”
The university stresses that it is committed to community policing and will be starting new initiatives that will improve communication with students.