Public Safety

Security on campus is of vital concern to Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The Office of Public Safety, located in Tower Building, is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is dedicated to the safety of the MassArt community.

The police officers are academy trained and licensed as Special State Police Officers as well as Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs. They patrol the campus on a regular basis and provide a wide range of security services. They are trained in CPR and first aid, and are always available to provide assistance.

Public Safety maintains a cooperative working relationship with state and local police agencies and area hospitals. If necessary, Public Safety will serve as a referral agency when the assistance needed is not available on campus.

The Office of Public Safety offers crime prevention programs, CPR training, and various safety programs and orientations throughout the year.

The Office of Public Safety is managed by the Chief of Police, who reports to the Vice President for Student Development. The staff consists of both campus police officers and institutional security officers.

Campus Police Officers
The Chief, Deputy Chief, Captain, Sergeant and all other campus police officers have the same authority on campus as municipal officers. They are trained to the standards of the Municipal Police Training Council and are empowered to detain, question, and arrest violators of Massachusetts' statutes. They may also report infractions of college rules to the administration for possible disciplinary hearings. MassArt Police Officers receive training in areas such as community policing, criminal investigation, self-defense and other related fields.

Institutional Security Officers
Institutional security officers (ISOs)are non-sworn, uniformed security personnel assigned to areas of the campus that are important to campus safety. To augment campus police officers, ISOs patrol campus property and perform a variety of public safety services.

Public Safety strives for a high visibility approach from its officers, and is a firm believer in the concept of community policing. We are "user friendly" and depend on the interaction between our officers and the MassArt community to ensure a safe working and learning environment.

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