"He's a natural," said Boston College Police Chief Robert Morse of his newly appointed patrol officer. "Everything we asked him to do to prepare for this job, he did it, and did it well. We're very happy to have Tony in our department, because we truly believe he will be an asset in serving the University."
Cadogan has plenty of experience dealing with the BC community: For 11 years, he worked in Dining Services as a cook's helper and later a cook. But a growing determination to join the BCPD led him to prepare for a career change, a task which included a stint as an off-campus, part-time security guard.
BCPD Patrol Officer Anthony Cadogan returned to the Walsh Hall kitchen to visit former collegues (from left) Bobby Enos, Ali Omar, Chris Eiseman, Tom Cerulli (leaning on pot), Chris Wozny and Marlon Mazier.
His appointment was aided by a Project Delta initiative that stresses the hiring of internal candidates to fill open slots whenever possible, an effort that also aided the recent promotions of campus security officers Laurene Keating and Karen Casey to patrol officers.
On Oct. 1, Cadogan graduated from a six-month municipal police academy program, having passed the department's battery of tests earlier this year, and officially began his duties as a BCPD patrol officer. It may seem an unlikely switch in vocations, but to Cadogan, a Barbados native now living in Stoughton, the two aren't so radically different.
"I have always enjoyed getting to know people at BC, especially the students," said Cadogan, a tall, soft-spoken man whose quiet voice nonetheless evinces confidence and pride in his new undertaking. "This is really the same thing. But now, I have the chance to get a lot more involved, to help people when they need it."
Shortly after beginning his new job, Cadogan had precisely the kind of opportunity he had envisioned, when a student reported that he had not seen or heard from his roommate in two weeks. Cadogan and his partner spent a couple of hours tracking down the absent undergraduate's friends and relatives, before discovering the student had been staying at a family member's house.
"We could have just filed a missing-person report, but you need to make the extra effort and follow up on the job," he said .
Seeing that dedication and commitment among the BCPD personnel he befriended, Cadogan says, inspired him to contact the department a few years ago and inquire about opportunities. Told he needed some kind of experience in the field, Cadogan took a part-time security position at the World Trade Center and continued his preparations to join the force.
"There are a whole series of things you go through, from background investigations to psychological tests," Morse said. "As chief, I have to ascertain that the person in front of me isn't just a 'wannabe.' When I talk to candidates, I try to ask questions that might throw them off-balance, like what the University's population is, and what percentage stays overnight. If you're going to serve this community - and it is a community - you need to know as much as you can about it."
Cadogan feels he knows enough about BC and its people to succeed in his new role. "At the academy, they say, 'Don't let anyone tell you how it's going to be,'" he said. "That's what I believe. You've got to be open-minded and experience things for yourself. I've seen a lot of BC already, and I am glad I can now work for the people here as a police officer."
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