Chief Bousquet raises campus safety issues during D.C. visit

Published on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018
U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, Becker College Police Chief David Bousquet, and Princeton University Director of Public Safety Paul Ominsky.

Pictured, from left to right are U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, Becker College Police Chief David Bousquet, who is the current president of IACLEA, and IACLEA’s president-elect, Princeton University Director of Public Safety Paul Ominsky.          (Photo courtesy of IACLEA)

Becker College Police Chief David Bousquet and a group of his fellow campus law enforcement officers recently visited Capitol Hill to raise critical issues and weigh in on public safety policy matters.

Chief Bousquet, who is the president of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the IACLEA Board of Directors, and other IACLEA representatives, met with more than 70 members of Congress during IACLEA’s annual Capitol Hill Day.

They discussed a number of issues, including efforts to protect students from gender violence on campus, questions of authority over sexual assault investigations, changes affecting campus public safety operations as the Higher Education Act goes through reauthorization, and campus safety reporting requirements.

The delegation also pressed for consideration of the Sean Collier Act, which would provide federal line-of-duty death benefits to families of slain campus public safety officers at private institutions.

The Sean Collier Act is named for the MIT police officer who was killed in the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers in 2013. U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, D-MA, was presented with IACLEA’s Congressional Champion Award for his leadership as sponsor of the bill.

“It was great to work shoulder-to-shoulder with other Board members to bring these legislative matters to lawmakers’ attention,” said Chief Bousquet. “IACLEA members are the leading authority for campus public safety, and our advocacy efforts can help influence beneficial policy. With effective regulations and appropriate resources, campus public safety leaders can further enhance the exceptional work we do every day to keep our nation’s higher education campuses safe.”

Founded in 1958, ACLEA has more than 3,700 members at approximately 1,000 colleges and universities in 15 countries.