Bureau of Community Policing and Patrol Services
"Together for a Safer Community"
Thomas E. Atkinson
Associate Director of Public Safety
Deputy Chief of Police
Oversees the Bureau of Community Policing and Patrol Services for Boston College.
The Boston College Police Department's Patrol Division consists of 55 uniformed police officers and are the most publicly visible representatives of our department. Police Officers are dispatched to all calls for service and provide necessary services. BC police officers patrol the campus by car, motorcycle, bicycle, and on foot.
As the primary responsibility of this division, Boston College police officers are on patrol of the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to prevent crime, preserve the peace, and to protect life and property by enforcing Massachusetts state laws, and the Boston College Rules and Regulations.
The Patrol Division is divided into three primary shifts; each shift is supervised by a Lieutenant and two Sergeants. Within each shift there are officers that are designated as Field Training Officers (FTO), Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), and Sexual Assault Investigators.
The Boston College Police Department's Investigation Division is responsible for the follow-up investigation of most criminal offenses that are reported to BCPD.
There are currently three Detectives assigned to the Investigations Division. Detectives must have several years of patrol experience and demonstrate investigative and problem solving skills before they are assigned to the position. Once assigned to the unit, a Detective will receive many additional hours of training that are unique and specialized for their field. These areas include: interview and interrogations, crime scene processing, latent fingerprint developing, advanced photography, search and seizure, sexual assault investigation, drug related crime investigation, computer forensic investigation, and many other courses. The Investigations Division is currenty supervised by the Deputy Chief of Police.
Detectives also work closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. BCPD depends on the assistance of these agencies to conduct investigations beyond the confines of the campus. These agencies also look to BCPD to provide needed equipment, knowledge, and resources that they may need to conduct their own investigations.
The Boston College Police Department's Security Division consists of Gate Attendants, Museum and Library Security Officers. Safety Escort Van Drivers and contract security officers.
Their responsibilities include assisting tour groups to providing directions and information to students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus.
The daily responsibilities of the security division include a friendly presence at one of the six entry gates to the campus, as well as the staffing of several posts such as residence halls, libraries and other buildings on campus.
They are responsible for the assistance of those wishing to park on campus, the deterrence of theft and damage to university and personal property, as well as the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus.
The security officers' contribution to the success of public safety efforts on the campus is without a doubt a very important link in maintaining the existence of a safe, orderly and tranquil environment that will assure all those affiliated with the university the opportunity of achieving their mission.