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Living Safely on Campus: This program focuses on common safety practices to assist both the Becker College Police Department and resident students on each campus in providing the safest learning environment possible. These informational sessions take place on each campus for all students every semester. They have been proven to be a helpful source to introduce campus police personnel to new students while providing a forum for students to inquire about College safety issues.
Work Study Information Sessions: This program focuses on educating and providing work study students with the knowledge necessary to promote safety within the community in which they work, live, and learn.
Fire Safety Programming: Through a variety of informational brochures, demonstrations, and other educational presentations, the Becker College Police Department promotes fire safety and awareness education for the community. This program focuses on safe practices, fire prevention, and appropriate exit and emergency strategies.
Road Rage Awareness: By providing handouts, visual examples, and educational lectures, the Becker College Police Department aims to promote civility and responsibility by working to limit cases of road rage. This program reviews legal liability of people involved with cases of road rage as well as the expectation of social responsibility within the greater community.
Residence Life Training: Prior to the beginning of the school year, resident assistants, resident directors, and area coordinators are familiarized with the procedures for reporting crimes and incidents that occur on campus. They are instructed to meet with students for whom they are responsible to discuss College policies and rules as well as the importance of reporting incidents of crime to the Becker College Police Department.
Crime Prevention and Deterrence
Safety Escorts: This program provides students with both motorized and walking escorts. This service is provided to prevent individuals from walking alone on campus during the hours of darkness. However, there is no time constraint or condition required in order to utilize this service. We encourage the Becker College community to freely travel about the campus, but also recommend utilizing the campus safety escort service when unable to travel in groups during evening or early morning hours. Call Campus Police at 508.373.9555 .
Fatal Vision: This program uses impairment goggles to simulate the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the body. Through a number of tasks—from simple functional actions like catching a ball to operating a golf cart through an obstacle course—members of the community are introduced to the ways in which the actions, reactions, and thought processes of their bodies are slowed due to the effects of both legal and illegal substances.
R.A.D. System: The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system—a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women—is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, and risk reduction and risk avoidance, and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is not a martial arts program; courses are taught by nationally certified RAD instructors. Each student is provided with a workbook/reference manual that outlines the entire physical defense program for reference and continuous personal growth.
Emergency Phones: Emergency phones are available throughout each of the College's campuses at the front entrance of a building, immediately to the side of the door. These phones are provided to facilitate the prompt and accurate notification of the Becker College Police Department in times of emergency as well as for normal requests for service. The phones are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Stop Theft: To prevent the theft of valuables, a patented STOP security plate is placed on a laptop or other item of value and a permanent tattoo is etched under the plate. The security plate number, make, model, serial number, and property owner’s name are registered and stored in an exclusive international registry. Because of this system, illegitimate sales are almost completely eliminated since potential buyers can verify if the item is stolen. This program is free to all Becker College students, staff, and faculty. Visit stoptheft.com for more information on this service.
Fire Safety Inspections: The Becker College Police Department conducts monthly fire and safety inspections of each building on campus to ensure that each facility is thoroughly prepared and equipped. These inspections are in addition to the annual safety inspection conducted by the state fire marshal's office. Items checked on a monthly basis include: fire extinguisher charge and functionality, emergency back-up lighting, smoke detector, and heat detector functionality. In addition, fire drills are conducted for campus buildings.
Operation Identification: Similar to the Stop Theft program, this service records the make, model, and serial number of items of value, then uses an engraving tool to mark the item/items with the student or employee ID number. This program is free to all Becker College students, staff, and faculty.
Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.) Auto Etching: In conjunction with the Governor's Auto Theft Strike Force, the Becker College Police Department annually offers an auto glass etching day. Through this program, the vehicle identification number (VIN) is chemically marked on automobile windows. This theft deterrent also enables participants to save up to 15 percent off the cost of their comprehensive auto insurance. Check with your insurance company to see if you qualify.
Timely Warning Notifications: If a situation arises, either on or off campus, which, in the judgment of the campus police chief, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat to safety or security, a campus-wide timely warning notification will be issued. The Becker College community will be informed of known criminal activity, whether on or off campus, through notification to all students and employees, posted notices on college bulletin boards, and/or via the college computer and email system. Read more…
Patrol and Response
24-hour Patrolling: The Becker College Police Department conducts 24-hour patrolling of both campuses throughout the school year, which conveys a proactive approach to deterring crime on campus, prompt response in the event of a medical emergency, and interaction with the Becker College community.
Mobile Patrol: Through the use of marked patrol vehicles, the Becker College Police Department increases its visibility and provides for a variety of safety services throughout the campuses.
Foot Patrol: Whenever possible, officer(s) are assigned to foot patrol high-traffic areas, from academic buildings to dining facilities.
Bicycle Patrol: Weather permitting, officers on marked police bicycles patrol areas that are either too small for vehicular traffic or where a large concentration of people may be present. Generally, bicycle patrols take place during daylight hours.
Investigations: The Becker College Police Department is fully trained to conduct in-depth investigations. While not all investigations conducted are strictly criminal in nature, investigations often assist in uncovering information which, for example, can initiate the return of stolen items.
Specialized Training: Each year, every member of the Becker College Police Department receives a minimum, mandatory 40 hours of in-service training, relative to the effective performance of the required duties at the College. This is a requirement of the Becker College Police Department, in excess of state-mandated regulations.
In addition, several officers have opted to surpass the required minimum training program by taking part in programs of specialized study offered by both the Massachusetts State Police Training Facility in New Braintree, Mass., as well as the Municipal Police Training Committee in Boylston, Mass. The following is a list of some of the additional training received by these officers:
- A.S.P. expandable baton techniques
- Active shooter
- Basic search warrants
- Bomb threat protocols
- C.J.I.S. certified operator
- Crime scene investigations
- Designated infection control officer
- Domestic violence awareness and response
- Defensive tactics instructor
- Emergency medical dispatcher
- Explosive devices recognition
- Field training officer
- First responder certified instructor
- Gang awareness
- Hazardous materials responder
- Infectious disease awareness
- Law enforcement response to weapons of mass destruction instructor
- L.E.A.P.S. certified operator
- Liability for police supervisors
- Massachusetts Association of Women in Law Enforcement (M.A.W.L.E.)
- Monadnock expandable baton (M.E.B.) basic instructor
- Narcotics enforcement
- R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) basic instructor
- Responding to hate crimes
- Sexual assault response investigator
- Standard field sobriety testing (S.F.S.T.)
- State-certified emergency 911 operator