Suffolk University Police & Security Department (SUPD)

Mission Statement and Values

The mission of the Suffolk University Police and Security Department is to provide a safe and secure environment that enhances the educational mission of the university. We are committed to the protection of life and property, and the prevention and detection of crime through a partnership with the community. The Suffolk University Police and Security Department is committed to excellence in service through proactive initiatives and the highest quality of professionalism, and dedication.

Read the Suffolk University Police and Security Department Strategic Plan 2019-2023 [PDF]

Suffolk University Police and Security staff consists of:

  • Chief of Police
  • Captain / Deputy Chief
  • Captain, Administration Commander & Emergency Management
  • Lieutenant, Operations Commander
  • 7 Sergeants, Shift Commanders
  • 1 Detective Sergeant
  • 2 Detectives
  • 22 Patrol Officers
  • 36 full-time security officers
  • 5 full-time non-sworn dispatchers
  • 1 Administrative Assistant
  • Student security workers


All our police officers attend a Massachusetts Police Academy Our police officers complete annual in-service training with certified instructors in various law enforcement techniques.

Officers also attend specialized training, with course content related to safety in a University environment such as, sexual assault investigation, crime scene investigation, basic criminal investigation, computer investigations, and COBWEB (Police Bike Patrol Training).

All of our officers are trained in CPR, First-Aid, and Automated External Defibrillation (AED) with some additionally trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).

See a detailed list of our current officer trainings.


All Suffolk University Police Officers and are licensed as Massachusetts Special State Police Officers certified by the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission. This grants University Police Officers the same powers of arrest as a city or town police officer while on the property owned, used, or occupied by Suffolk University.

All Suffolk University Police Officers are also sworn Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs which confers police powers throughout Suffolk County and allows our officers to act as valid law enforcement authorities in Suffolk County.

Security officers are authorized by the University to enforce Suffolk University rules and regulations and to assist police officers to serve and protect this community.

We work closely with the surrounding partner agencies to include the Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, Transit Police, and federal partners.