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How do I make a complaint against a Harvard University Police Department officer?

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.).

You may also use the contact form.

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If a crime is committed on campus, I assume that HUPD handles it. Are there any times when the Cambridge or Boston Police would get involved?

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.

What's the difference between the HUPD and the city police, like Cambridge, Boston Police, etc.?

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.

Can you expound on exactly what is meant by community policing?

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...

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