Two B.C.P.D. Members Win State-Wide Honors

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Massachusetts Association of College and University Public Safety Directors has selected two Boston College Police Department members for a special recognition award.

MACUPSD presented the awards to Lt. Margaret Connolly and Patrol Officer James Ruth at its annual meeting last month in Weston, marking the fourth consecutive year the organization had honored BCPD.

"I'm very proud of these officers," said Boston College Police Chief Robert Morse, who nominated Connolly and Ruth for the awards. "I am also very pleased at the recognition our department has received. It demonstrates the excellent training and high caliber of performance which has become the standard for our officers."

Boston College Police Department Patrol Officer James Ruth and Lt. Margaret Connolly won special recognition awards from the Massachusetts Association of College and University Public Safety Directors.
(Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Connolly, a department member since 1980, was cited for overall dedication and commitment in handling a variety of duties. Morse noted that she oversees day shift operations, coordinates departmental recruitment and training, supervises crime prevention educational programming, heads the department's sexual assault investigative unit and organizes special events. Connolly also serves as a liaison to the University community, he added, and is a member of the campus harassment resource network.

"No matter how much work she has, she is always ready and willing to develop new ideas in order to combat crime and improve community safety," Morse said. "She keeps the department focused on its mission and moving forward. Her innovative programming has improved community life by providing a safe atmosphere through service-oriented policing and crime prevention education."

Ruth, who joined BCPD in 1995, was recognized for his work in preventing a potential incident of domestic violence on campus last May. According to Morse, Ruth answered a call from a distraught female student who said her boyfriend - already under warrant for attempted murder and a restraining order violation - had traveled to campus from out of state and was trying to enter her residence hall room. He threatened to kill her if she did not open the door, he added. Ruth was able to calm the student while coordinating a search for the attacker, who was captured while trying to flee the campus.

Without Ruth's "special talent and dedicated attention to duty, this case could have easily ended tragically," said Morse, noting the attacker had brought firearms with him.

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