The Boston University Police Department has initiated a geographic policing strategy which will greatly improve police services and interaction with the community.
The entire patrol area for the University will be partitioned into the East, West, and South geographic sectors. The East and West sectors will be divided by I-90 (Mass Pike) at the Charles River Campus, while the South sector will encompass the Boston University Medical Campus.
The goal for each of these supervisors is to work more effectively with the community in their geographic area to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for students, faculty, and staff. They will be accountable for the quality of their crime prevention plans and the results they achieve.
Members of the Boston University Police Department assigned to the Community Policing Division work closely with the community in addressing crime and crime prevention and social issues that directly affect the quality of life at Boston University. Officers perform crime analysis and collectively establish specific goals and objectives with the community's assistance. Specially trained members also provide instruction on personal safety and awareness for female staff, faculty, and students through RAD (Rape, Aggression, Defense). Through a cooperative effort with the Office of Residence Life, members have created and nurtured close relationships with staff, faculty, and students.
The Community Policing Division has also been instrumental in establishing close ties with the merchants and residents of Kenmore Square through the Kenmore Association, as well as with the Boston Police Department and MBTA Police Department. Moreover, Boston University Police Department members have diligently fostered a cooperative relationship with the staff, faculty, and student body of the Boston University Medical Center.
Community Police officers meet weekly with students at RA and RHA meetings, and regularly with staff and faculty, including international students in the CELOP program. They assist the Office of Residence Life as well as the Office of the Dean of Students and participate in the training of Resident Assistants. Members also hold positions on numerous University safety and ad hoc committees and task forces. They also assist Boston University Media Relations and meet regularly with the press and media.
Community Policing officers are available to meet with all Boston University staff, faculty, and students and encourage them to participate in making the community the safest and best it can be.