Boston University Police Department

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Boston University Police Department
Abbreviation BUPD
Agency overview
Formed 1947
Legal personality Non governmental: Body corporate
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction United States
Population 42,000
Legal jurisdiction Campus of Boston University
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts

Police officers 52
Administrative employees 16
Agency executive
  • Kelly Nee, Chief
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The Boston University Police Department (BUPD) is the primary law-enforcement agency of Boston University and provides services to more than 41,000 students, faculty, and staff on 132 acres (0.53 km2) of University property and surrounding streets.[1]


The BUPD was created through an act of legislation in October 1947.[1]

In 2005 a former deputy chief sued the university after being laid off by Chief Robert T. Shea (in 2002).  A Massachusetts Superior Court judge dismissed the case but wrote that the plaintiff “reasonably … believed that BU and Shea were engaged in wrongful discrimination.”[2]

In 2006, Boston University hired the superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, Thomas G. Robbins, as Chief of BUPD and Executive Director of Public Safety.[3][4]


The department employs 50 sworn personnel and a complement of 10 civilian support staff.[5][6] Specialized units include a Detective Bureau, a Mountain Bike Unit, a Training and Development Unit, and Community Oriented Policing Services.[1] The department provides services to 33,000 Boston University students; 9,300 faculty and staff members; and campus visitors.[3][6]


All BUPD police are sworn “special State Police officers” and have full arrest authority on Boston University property and adjoining streets.[1] The authority of the BUPD is derived from chapter 22C, section 63 of the General Laws of Massachusetts.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d "About the department". Boston University Police. Boston University. Retrieved Jan 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Schweitzer, Sarah; Bombardier, Marcella (Mar 5, 2006). "No Summers in this heat". The Boston Globe. p. B3. [Sec. 4] A BU Court Victory: A Superior Court judge has dismissed a former Boston University Police Department deputy chief’s lawsuit against the university. 
  3. ^ a b Levenson, Michael (Apr 12, 2006). "State Police leader to leave for BU post". The Boston Globe. p. B2. 
  4. ^ "Thomas G. Robbins named chief of BU Police: State Police colonel to take command on June 12". BU Today. Apr 11, 2006. 
  5. ^ "Personnel". Boston University Police Department. Boston University. Retrieved Jan 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Full-time law enforcement employees, by state by university and college, 2011: Massachusetts (Report). FBI. May 2012. 
  7. ^ Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 22C, § 63 (Statute). Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 2007. Employees of … educational institutions and hospitals; appointment as special officers. 

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