Community members are encouraged to bring to the HUPD's attention questions of professionalism of its employees by contacting either the on-duty supervisor at 617-495-1786 (available 24 hours a day) or the Office of the Chief at 617-495-1780 (Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).
With the exception of a couple of crimes, such as a homicide, we have primary jurisdiction over all crimes occurring on our property. However, we maintain a good working relationship with Cambridge Police and the Boston Police and will coordinate with them at times in order to ensure the most appropriate response to maintain a safe and secure environment.
The only difference is jurisdiction. HUPD officers are licensed special State Police officers and deputy sheriffs in both Middlesex and Suffolk Counties. Those powers give them the authority to respond to any crime on our campus and any "breach of the peace" on city streets in Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston. Officers receive the same academy training as officers from Cambridge.
To fulfill its mission of providing quality policing in partnership with the community, the Department has adopted a community-oriented problem-solving (COPS) philosophy. The core components of the philosophy are prevention, partnerships, and problem solving. Officers are committed to preventing crime and disorder and focus their efforts on eliminating the underlying causes of those problems. To do this, officers actively engage in partnerships with the community to address and solve problems. Partnerships are the foundation of effective problem solving and crime prevention. Through these...
The HUPD is located at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue on the sixth floor. From Holyoke Center walk towards Central Square. 1033 Massachusetts Avenue is located just past the Crate and Barrel Furniture store.