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
Population 42,000
Legal jurisdiction Campus of Boston University
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction Buildings and lands occupied or explicitly controlled by the educational institution and the institution's personnel, and public entering the buildings and immediate precincts of the institution.
Operational structure
Headquarters Boston, Massachusetts
Police officers 52
Administrative employees 16
Agency executive Thomas G. Robbins, 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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