PSD Community Workshop Series

Workshop Information

Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) and its Public Safety Department (PSD) are hosting a series of workshops developed to educate, inform, and support residents of Roosevelt Island and surrounding communities. The Roosevelt Island PSD Community Workshop Series covers important topics such as self-defense, preparedness, domestic violence, and what to do when encountering an active shooter situation.


Beginning on August 10th and running through November, the limited availability workshops are offered free of charge. Partner agencies include the NYPD and FDNY, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM).


PSD Community Workshop Series Calendar

  • Tuesday, August 10: Self-defense
  • Wednesday, September 22: Preparedness
  • Wednesday, October 6: Domestic violence 
  • Wednesday, November 3: Active shooter situation


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and law enforcement responds to approximately 300,000 domestic violence incidents in New York City, each year. On Wednesday, October 6th at 6 PM and in partnership with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, our third PSD Community Workshop spoke to this pervasive issue in a two-hour informational and educational lecture followed by a Q&A session.

On Wednesday, November 3rd, from 6 PM – 8 PM at Good Shepherd Community Center, Roosevelt Island’s Public Safety Department (PSD) will be hosting its fourth and final community workshop of 2021.

This workshop will be a hybrid lecture-demonstration speaking to active shooter situations, a scenario that continues to tragically reach record highs across the country.

In this lecture-demonstration, participants will be educated on situational awareness for active threats, introduced to tactics and profiles of active shooters, learn how to change their mindset when dealing with an active shooter, and be provided clarification on the “Run, Hide, Fight” strategy.

This workshop is for those who are 18 years of age and older and may not be for everyone as it may include violent instruction, dummy firearms, and descriptions of traumatic events. No recordings of any kind are permitted.

Sign up today for this event on our Eventbrite page.