About Public Safety

The Public Safety Department (PSD) is responsible for campus safety, security, law enforcement, and emergency response on campus. It is the department’s mission to provide a comprehensive program of services to help ensure the campus remains a safe environment in which to live, study, and work. The PSD administration offices, the Control Center, and the One Card office are located in the basement of 155 Massachusetts Avenue, in the heart of the campus.

The department's structure is a hybrid model that includes a proprietary Berklee command staff and personnel supplemented by a contracted security service. The command staff oversees a contingent of uniformed officers, who patrol the campus by foot and at fixed posts. Officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

All Berklee PSD officers receive basic training related to campus security and law enforcement. All shift commanders and both the director and associate director have Massachusetts State Police special powers, which include arrest powers on Berklee-owned, -leased, or -controlled property. They also have Suffolk County Sheriff powers that allow jurisdiction for any Berklee-related matters within Suffolk County. Shift commanders are trained and licensed to carry OC spray (pepper spray), baton, and handcuffs.

The PSD maintains excellent working relationships with the Boston Police Department (BPD); the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office; the Massachusetts State Police; other local, campus, state, and federal law enforcement agencies; and all appropriate segments of the criminal justice system. The PSD staff work closely with external investigators when incidents arise that require joint investigative efforts, resources, crime-related reports, and exchanges of information, as deemed necessary. 

Various members of the PSD participate actively in professional associations that enhance their proficiency in areas specific to their work responsibilities. Members of the department maintain active membership in the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA); the ASIS International; and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA).