Thomas Lawrence currently serves as St. John’s
University Vice President of Public Safety. He joined the
university as the Executive Director of Public Safety in 2003, a
position he held until 2005. As Vice President of Public Safety he
is responsible for the safety and security of approximately 25,000
students, faculty, administrators and staff. This includes all
educational facilities, student housing, sporting events and
administrative operations. In the event of an emergency, Mr.
Lawrence acts as St. John’s Incident Commander coordinating the
operational response of all functional units of the university
while supporting local agencies such as the NYPD, FDNY, and
OEM, and briefing the St. John’s Executive Management Team.
He is also responsible for researching the suitability of travel
for the Global Studies Program and making the appropriate
recommendations. Mr. Lawrence was involved in a state-of-the-art
upgrade of the safety and security systems on campus keeping pace
with the changing technology and the changing demands on our
society. He has a staff of 90 Public Safety Officers supporting the
Before working at St. John’s University, Mr. Lawrence worked for
the New York City Police Department for 23 years retiring as a
Deputy Chief in 2003. During his time with the NYPD, he worked in
all boroughs of the city with the exception of Staten Island. Prior
to his promotion to Deputy Chief, he served as the Commanding
Officer of the 10TH Precinct (Chelsea), 9TH Precinct (East
Village), and Midtown Precinct South (Times Square). His time with
the New York City Police Department has helped to build a strong
relationship between the university and the NYPD.
Mr. Lawrence has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from C. W.
Post. He is married since 1982. He and his wife have two sons.