September 1, 2016
The men and women of the Department of Public and Environmental Safety (DPES) extend a warm welcome to the Class of 2020. We also welcome back our returning undergraduate and graduate students and all Tufts faculty and staff. We hope the summer months provided you with some rest and time with family and friends.
As the academic year gets underway DPES would like to tell you about some select initiatives that have been completed or are underway. These initiatives are central to the prevention philosophy of the department and reflect best practices in the safety and law enforcement professions. They are designed to improve upon an already safe environment by reducing risk and improving the overall safety posture of the university.
The Department of Public and Environmental (DPES) Safety Mission Statement:
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 achieved by applying leadership and our unique expertise to partnerships designed to prevent loss, reduce harm, and solve problems.
Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS), Fall 2016
To fulfill our mission, the department has created and maintains a culture of prevention. For the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD) the philosophy and principles of Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) embody our steadfast dedication to prevention. The core of the COPPS philosophy is to build long term, meaningful partnerships with community stakeholders, work collaboratively with them to identify and address problems and their root causes in a joint effort to prevent or reduce crime, disorder and fear of crime, thus improving the quality of life.
COPPS Community Engagements
During the fall of 2016, TUPD will continue its strong commitment to community engagement. Community engagements are informal, non-adversarial contacts with members of the community that are designed to create strong, on-going positive partnerships that are self-initiated by patrol officers. These engagements are the foundation for establishing and maintaining trust and building partnerships within the Tufts community.
Last year during the fall semester, TUPD officers initiated 741 documented community engagements with members of the Tufts community. Officers have and will continue to routinely incorporate community engagement activity into their primary patrol responsibilities.
Over the past year, through ongoing focus and commitment of TUPD leadership and officers, the COPPS philosophy has become deeply rooted into all layers of the organization. We have communicated to officers that one of our priority expectations is that community engagements will increase in the fall of 2016.
Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving (COPPS) Activities
COPPS activities include attending stakeholder staff meetings (e.g. meeting with the library staff regarding recent thefts), providing crime prevention training to a student organization, conducting a problem solving initiative, or participating in an organized activity in collaboration with campus partners.
During the months of September and October 2016, we have planned a series of COPPS activities that will be conducted and we’ll continue to add more activities throughout the semester as officers seek and identify new ideas to incorporate into our cache of programs designed to support the COPPS philosophy. Some of the COPPS activities for the fall semester include, but are not limited to:
COPPS Initiatives in development
Pedestrian safety related improvements
As we have done each year since 2013, Tufts joined in partnership with the cities of Medford and Somerville to improve pedestrian and crosswalk safety throughout and around the Medford/Somerville campus by:
Ongoing pedestrian safety work
As part of an ongoing effort to improve accessibility as well as pedestrian, bike and motor vehicle safety in the areas of 574 Boston Avenue, the new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), and the coming MBTA Green Line Extension project, Tufts has had a traffic engineering firm evaluate and develop ideas for improvement in the areas of Boston and College Avenues; College Avenue and Professors Row; College Avenue and Talbot Avenue; and Professor’s Row, from College Avenue to Curtis Street. This work continues.
Pedestrian safety related reminders
We’d like to remind the Tufts community that motorists need to be vigilant of pedestrians and pedestrians need to be vigilant of motorists. Although motorists have more responsibility under the law when operating a motor vehicle on city streets, pedestrians have more at stake if struck by a motor vehicle.
We believe that through these coordinated efforts, in partnership with each other and with the cities of Medford and Somerville, we can reduce crashes involving motor vehicles and pedestrians. We ask that our students, faculty and staff do their part as they walk, bike or drive on and around campus: Please be fully aware, fully engaged, and fully committed to your own safety and the safety of others.
Video security improvements
As part of a multi-year project to reduce risk university wide, video security improvements were completed on the Boston health science, Grafton and Medford/Somerville campuses. The video security system in place at the Boston – SMFA campus is in the process of being absorbed into the Tufts video security system.
We look forward to working in partnership with our students and staff as well as our host cities and town police, fire and EMS departments in order to provide for the public safety of our unique community.
Have a safe and enjoyable year.
Kevin C. Maguire
Director of Public Safety/Police Chief