Department of Public Safety
The Fisher College Department of Public Safety is committed to enhancing the quality of life of the college community. Fisher College views public safety as an important part of the educational process and one that requires the collaborative effort of everyone. The Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide for the security and protection of all students, employees, and visitors in and around the campus.
To make Fisher College safe in ways that reflect our democratic values as well as fulfill our commitment to police Fisher College without violating legal, moral, or ethical principals.
- To enforce the law equally and fairly.
- To treat every individual with civility, courtesy, sensitivity, and respect.
- To act with integrity.
- To provide quality in all that we do.
- To listen carefully and to act on what we hear.
- To respect stability and embrace change, keeping what works and changing what could work better.
- To value diversity.
- To discharge faithfully our role as guardians of the public trust.
- To act with this thought in mind: to the students, staff, and faculty of Fisher College, we are the government.
Law Enforcement Authority
The Chief of Public Safety leads the Department. The Chief manages all operations and supervises the full-time and part-time officers. Safety and Security Officers are responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment throughout the College. Officers enforce College rules and regulations, local and state laws, patrol campus buildings and grounds, respond to medical and fire emergencies, investigate incidents, and facilitate the response of emergency services as required. All officers receive training in various aspects of public safety and emergency medical response, and are sworn officers vested with full police powers pursuant to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 37. The Department also derives legal authority from Chapter 22c, section 63. This statute provides officers with special State Police powers.
The Department of Public Safety communicates, cooperates, and collaborates with the Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police, and other Campus Police Departments throughout Boston to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. Campus Security Officers are authorized to enforce college rules and regulations and to assist Campus Police Officers to serve and protect the Fisher College community. The college community is encouraged to report crimes and suspicious activity promptly to the Fisher College Campus Security desk at 617-236-8880 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To check police departments in Massachusetts, please visit www.masshome.com/police.html. To check the Massachusetts General Laws, please visit http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl.
Public Safety & Law Enforcement Training
All Police and Security Officers are trained in CPR/First Aid. All Officers have specialized training at various local, state, and/or federal law enforcement academies. Security Officers receive basic training in law enforcement procedures. Officers are required to attend in-service training programs throughout the year.
Police & Security Patrols
All Officers patrol the campus buildings, grounds, and parking areas. They look for any public safety issues such as defective lighting, inoperative doors and locks, broken steps or handrails, open or broken windows, and any other condition that may pose a hazard. Officers also investigate any suspicious activities and write incident reports.
Public Safety Awareness
Students and staff are instructed in crime prevention periodically throughout the academic year, and Public Safety & Security distributes crime prevention materials on a regular basis. Additional information is published annually in the Fisher College Student Handbook and Fisher College Catalog.
All College community members are reminded that individual safety and crime prevention starts with an informed and educated person remaining alert to potential danger, and taking the necessary steps to minimize that danger.
The Fisher College Department of Public Safety believes strongly in crime prevention as the best approach to public safety. A primary method for accomplishing this goal is the department's training programs. These programs are based upon the concept of eliminating or minimizing criminal opportunities, whenever possible, and encouraging students and employees to be responsible for their own safety & security and the security of others.
The FCPD's relationship with the community is vital to achieve our mission. All community members should expect to be treated in a courteous and professional manner by members of the Department. Occasionally questions arise regarding professional conduct. The Fisher College Public Security Department does not tolerate employees who act unprofessionally. The quality of our service is dependent in part on feedback from the community and the Department has an extensive process in place to respond to citizen complaints.
We also wish to recognize instances where our employees have been especially helpful or have exceeded your expectations in the service that they have provided. The community is encouraged to bring to the Department's attention both compliments and questions of professionalism by contacting one of the following individuals in a timely manner:
• The on-duty supervisor at 617-236-8880 (available 24 hours a day). Community members may include their name and e-mail address or do it anonymously. Anonymous complaints will be investigated but the investigation may be limited if the complainant is not available for follow-up questioning. Anyone may contact the Chief confidentially at email@example.com.
Your Emergency Contact Information
The FCPD recommends that all students, faculty, and staff members take a moment and enter emergency contact information in their cell phone address book/contacts under the acronym ICE (In Case of Emergency). This will assist public safety officials in contacting the person to be called in the event of an emergency if you are ever discovered unconscious or incapacitated and unable to communicate. You should enter at least two ICE contacts with first name and relationship in your address book/contacts list. For example, your ICE entries could be: ICE - Ann (mom) and ICE - Joan (wife). These entries could also be used to assist in returning your cell phone in the event that it is lost or stolen.
Entering these contacts into your cell phone should not replace the carrying of other photo identification (Fisher College ID or license) at all times. You should also affix emergency contact information to these forms of identification.
The Department disseminates community advisories and crime alerts after a serious or violent crime that may pose a continuing public safety threat is reported to the Department or local police departments. Community advisories are distributed to the entire College community, whereas crime alerts are disseminated to the relevant population of students, faculty, and staff or to the students, faculty, and staff in a specific area or location. The community advisories and crime alerts are disseminated directly to Fisher College students, staff and faculty. All students, staff, and faculty are subscribed to the community advisory distribution list.