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Mission Statement

Under the Tufts Department of Public Safety (DPS), TUPD serves the university community and its four campuses by providing a safe and secure environment that fosters trust, equity, and accountability. TUPD engages in proactive and thoughtful relationship-building to promote the safety and well-being of all who learn, work, and live in the Tufts community. 


Vision Statement 

Guided by our commitment to anti-racism, the Tufts Department of Public Safety (DPS) will promote the safety, well-being, and dignity of all community members. DPS will be a model of progressive excellence in campus safety and policing by employing a hybrid model with differential response training; mentoring employees to act with compassion, professionalism, and integrity; and by fostering authentic and transparent community engagement. 


Core Values 

· Care for our community: We commit to ensuring the well-being, safety, and protection of all persons in service to, and in collaboration with, our Tufts community. 

· Trust: We recognize that earning the trust and mutual respect of our community is an ongoing process requiring thoughtful and deliberate behaviors. 

· Integrity: We value fairness and honesty and hold ourselves accountable to reflect this through our actions. 

· Transparency: We commit to sharing information and inviting two-way dialogue to educate our community and ourselves. 

· Diversity, equity, and inclusion: We cultivate an environment where all persons can equitably live, learn, and work, and are granted fair treatment and equal access to safety. 

· Adaptability: We commit to being forward-looking and having a positive mindset to change. 

TUPD Features

Jurisdiction and Authority

The Tufts University Police Department is authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Under the provisions of Massachusetts General Law Chapter 22C, Section 63, all TUPD officers are considered special state police officers.

Officers on the Medford/Somerville and Boston campuses are occasionally designated as deputy sheriffs in Middlesex and Suffolk Counties. Additionally, officers on the Grafton campus are designated as special police officers in the town of Westborough.

Generally, Tufts Police officers are authorized to make arrests for criminal offenses in or upon lands or structures owned, used, or occupied by the university, or in places where university business is conducted. Altogether, this authority extends beyond the confines of the four campuses through the acquisition of local special police status, deputy sheriffs' authority, or previous court decisions.

Police Accreditation

The Tufts University Police Department achieved accreditation from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) in June 2005. While the most recent reaccreditation was postponed due to the pandemic, 340 standards were reviewed and the Commission agreed that TUPD will remain an accredited police department within the Commonwealth as of May of 2021.

Accreditation requires adherence to 382 standards. As of August 23, 2021, only 98 law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts have achieved accreditation, including 14 campus law enforcement agencies. Presently, the Tufts University Police Department was the 18th department in Massachusetts to achieve this distinction.

For more information about the accreditation process, please contact Captain Mark Roche at 617-627-0939.


TUPD upholds strong professional relationships with state and local law enforcement agencies. Cooperative programs and information exchanges are ongoing priorities. Through these relationships, TUPD can supply information to the university community on crimes that may pose a threat to students or employees on any of the campuses.

Operational and technical support is mutually provided when necessary.

Honor Guard

Tufts University Police Honor Guard was established in 1991 as an all-volunteer unit. The Honor Guard participates in many university ceremonies including commencement. The Honor Guard participates in local parades, competes in Police Honor Guard competitions, attends services for fallen police officers, and has represented the department at the National Police Memorial Service held annually in Washington, D.C.. For inquires regarding Honor Guard services, please contact Sgt. Duane Weisse at