The Department exists to support the goals of the university-teaching, research, and patient care-by fostering a safe and secure environment in which members of the Tufts community can learn, work, and live.
Whereas safety and security is a responsibility shared by the entire community, the mission is best achieved by applying leadership and our unique expertise to partnerships designed to prevent loss, reduce harm, and solve problems.
To fulfill this mission, the department fosters a culture of prevention through an organizational commitment to the philosophy of community oriented policing and problems solving, (COPPS). The core of the COPPS philosophy is, building long term meaningful partnerships with community stakeholders and working collaboratively with them to identify and address problems and their root causes in a joint effort to reduce or prevent crime, disorder, fear of crime, and to improve the quality of life.
Tufts University Police Officers perform a wide range of community policing and public safety duties which include, but are not limited to:
Routinely interacting and engaging in face to face community contact with community members during their scheduled patrol activities.
Building partnerships and working collaboratively with stakeholders to engage in problem solving initiatives.
Using data to inform preventative patrol tactics and problem-solving strategies.
Participating in crime prevention and community policing programs and activities.
Providing preventive, proactive patrols of university grounds, buildings, and areas owned, leased, used or occupied by Tufts University, by vehicle, on foot, or on bicycle, in order to prevent crime, address disorder and attend to the public safety needs of the university community.
Responding to emergency and non-emergency calls for service, providing initial incident and follow-up investigations.
In accordance with law, best practices and well as established policies and procedures, properly responding to and reporting incidents that are in violation of law, including arresting violators, seeking criminal summonses, testifying in a court of law and other duties associated with the criminal justice system or university rules and regulations.
Preserving crime scenes, collecting and preserving evidence, identifying and interviewing witnesses, suspects, and victims.
Enforcing the rules of the university by working in partnership with the Dean of Student Affairs Office and providing written and oral documentation of violations.
Rendering aid and assistance to victims, advising them of available services, and making the appropriate referrals to available resources.
Performing traffic direction, parking enforcement, and crowd control duties as assigned.
Providing first responder level medical assistance, summonsing emergency medical resources as needed.
Attending assigned training, including mandated police certification and re-certification training, MPAC
accreditation training requirements, and department mandated training.
Assisting visitors, students, and staff by providing information, directions, and assistance.
Performing personal safety escorts on foot and by vehicle.
Performing other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective law enforcement operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, and agency rules.
Ability to actively listen by giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Ability to deal calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Ability to handle complaints, settle disputes, and resolve grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
Ability to maintain composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Ability to be careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Ability to accurately prepare detailed reports that document incidents and activities.
Knowledge, skills and abilities as normally acquired by attainment of a high school diploma/GED.
Successful completion of a Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) certified basic police recruit academy or equivalent basic police recruit academy as determined and certified by the MPTC.
Possession of a current and valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator’s license and good driver history.
Ability to obtain and retain a Massachusetts Class A (large capacity) License to Carry Firearms (LTC).
Ability to obtain and retain Special State Police powers in accordance with MGL Chapter 22C, section 63; Middlesex, Suffolk, and Worcester County Deputy Sheriffs powers; and applicable city and/or town special police authority as deemed necessary by the department.
Ability to successfully complete training and show proficiency in the proper use of department issued weapons and equipment, police vehicles, etc.
Ability to successfully pass a comprehensive background investigation, psychological evaluation and drug testing.
Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related higher education degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), certified First Responder.