Becker alum and MGH officer to discuss lessons learned from 2013 Boston Marathon terror

Published on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Michael CloutierWhen terror strikes it is often sudden and unexpected, and requires a coordinated response to alleviate the tension of the situation. Becker College alumnus Michael J. Cloutier (’00) has a wealth of experience when it comes to moments like these. On Wednesday, April 30, Cloutier, a senior investigator on the special investigations unit of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) police and security team, will offer insights at a Becker College event, “Protecting a Hospital During a Time of Terror and Uncertainty: A Three-Fold Punch.”

This lecture, which is part of the Becker College criminal justice program’s 25th Anniversary celebration and the program’s speaker series, will provide the audience with a glimpse into the complex issues faced by MGH’s department of police and security during the week of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

“I am proud to welcome back to campus one of our stellar alumni,” said Kevin Woods, a professor of criminal justice and chair of the department of criminal justice and legal studies at Becker College. “The expertise that he has to share will be a benefit to a wide range of individuals who work diligently to protect the safety of our communities.”

Cloutier has been involved in public safety for more than 22 years, including 17 years in municipal law enforcement and six years in the private sector. Currently he conducts investigations of alleged criminal activity, or violations of policy for MGH and other Partners Healthcare affiliates. In addition, he processes employee background investigations and addresses issues involving workplace violence, drug diversion, and the risks associated with the animal rights movement and medical counterculture. He supervises MGH’s Threat Assessment Unit and helped implement the hospital’s Code Silver program—response to an active shooter incident.

Cloutier earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Becker College in 2000, and a master of public administration from Clark University in 2004. He is a graduate of the Municipal Police Leadership Institute and Roger Williams University’s Common Training Series for First Line Supervisors, and is a certified instructor in behavior recognition.

The event will take place from 4-6 p.m. in Room 210, Weller Academic Center, on the Worcester Campus.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Professors Kevin Woods ( or William Castro (