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BCPD Police Chief John King Honored for Administrative Excellence

inaugural winner of maclea's d. joseph griffin award

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (12-20-13) -- Boston College Police Chief and Director of Public Safety John King has been named the inaugural winner of the D. Joseph Griffin Award for Administrative Excellence by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA). The award is named for the retired chief of police for Northeastern University, a pioneer in the professionalization of campus safety and law enforcement efforts who served the NU community for some 40 years.

“It is an honor to receive this award,” said King. “Joe Griffin has always been a leader in our profession and a mentor to me and many others. His exceptional leadership skills and advocacy for community policing has helped to advance the professionalism of campus law enforcement.”

John King

King has devoted nearly 40 years to campus law enforcement, serving at Northeastern, Bentley and Tufts universities before arriving at Boston College in 2010. He was presented with the award at the state campus law enforcement association’s Dec. 19 meeting.

In his nomination of King, Griffin wrote “his outstanding leadership and management skills combined with his devotion to the campus law profession make John an excellent choice to be considered for the [award].”

At Boston College, King reorganized the BC Police Department and created new bureaus to allow the department to better serve the University community. Under his guidance and direction, the BCPD placed an emphasis on community policing and crime prevention. Also under his tenure, BCPD received certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission and will become accredited in February 2014.

“No one is more deserving of this extraordinary accolade than John King,” said Thomas E. Atkinson, Jr., Boston College deputy chief of police and associate director of public safety, in remarks at the event. “Through his education, experiences, and decisions, John has clearly demonstrated that he is a highly effective leader and manager who exemplifies the best practices and professional standards in our field. He is a man of vision who has the rare ability to translate that vision into action. He has an unsurpassed ability to build teams and motivate people to work together towards common goals.

"He cares about the welfare of his people, the Boston College community and their families. This professionalism, character, and integrity make John King one above the others within campus law enforcement, and law enforcement in general,” Atkinson added.

A graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement in 1978 and a master’s degree in public administration in 1984, King received his police training at the Massachusetts State Police Academy and the Boston Police Department Regional Recruit Academy. A member of MACLEA, King is also past president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Also honored at the meeting were BC Police Sgt. Jeffrey Postell, who received the inaugural Sean Collier Award, and BC Patrol Officer Keith Holland, who was recognized for heroic action undertaken last December while a member of the Bentley University Police Department.

--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs,