BC Police Relish New Digs in Lower Campus Administration Building

BC Police Relish New Digs in Lower Campus Administration Building

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

The Boston College Police Department officially became the first tenant in the new Lower Campus Administration Building on Aug. 13 when it moved its offices from Rubenstein Hall.

Boston College Police Chief Robert Morse outside the recently opened Lower Campus Administration Building, which is the new headquarters for the BC Police Department: "We'll be more accessible and available to the BC community."
The five-story, 155,000 square-foot building, which is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year, will be home to several administrative offices, academic departments, a new dining facility and an annex to the BC Bookstore.

But it's the BCPD that is first to call the Lower Campus Administration Building home, and its members couldn't be happier.

"This space makes a lot more sense for us," said BCPD Chief Robert Morse, interviewed recently inside the department's new first-floor offices.

"It was designed as a police facility. We're much more visible here and that's important for police work. We'll be more accessible and available to the BC community."

Morse said that it is during major campus events like football games that the value of the department's new location will be fully realized. The BCPD's old headquarters in Rubenstein - which will be converted to student residential space - presented a number of drawbacks because of space limitations and several design problems, he said.

The new facility provides improved traffic flow between offices and a secure dispatch room, Morse said, and better amenities for BCPD officers, such as a shower and locker room.

Morse credited Officer Kathy Mullen for her work in coordinating many aspects of the department's move. Because BCPD operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, he said, relocating presented a logistical challenge, especially since the department was also making the transition to a new state-of-the-art communications system.

"From radio systems to alarms and from major construction issues to mundane furniture purchases," Morse said, "Kathy did it all."

While the department may have a new home, phone numbers remain the same: for emergencies, call ext.2-4444; non-emergencies, ext. 2-4440.


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