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Suffolk University Police and Security Department (SUPD)

Working Together for Public Safety 

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The SUPD Dispatch Center, located in the Donahue Building lobbyon the lower level of Sargent Hall, has direct telephone and radio communications with the Boston and State Police Departments and will notify the Boston and/or State Police, Boston Fire Department, Boston Emergency Medical Services Department and other city or state public safety agencies as needed and appropriate whenever a major public safety incident is reported on or adjacent to Suffolk University premises. Specifically, BPD will be notified for all incidents that occur on or near university premises that require local police action and for all incidents involving firearms or other dangerous weapons, since SUPD police officers do not carry firearms. All telephone calls at the SUPD Dispatch Center are recorded.

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Non-emergency business and to report past incidents    617 617-573-8333

Emergency                                                                 617-573-8111

The SUPD Dispatch Center is staffed at all times and there is always a Security Officer stationed in the lobby of each residence hall. Members of the university community are urged to report all crimes to SUPD immediately by calling one of the numbers listed above or in person to the officer in the lobby of a residence hall. The reporting party will be asked to provide details such as the nature and location of the incident, when it happened, who was involved, a description of any property stolen, the name or a description of the perpetrator if known, the location or direction of flight of the perpetrator if known, and whether anyone was injured. A police officer will be dispatched to respond to the scene and to meet the reporting party immediately. 

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The SUPD Dispatcher will notify Facilities and Risk Emergency Management staff of incidents which may need additional assistance and the deployment of resources under their responsibility areas, such as emergency maintenance response and emergency alert notification. All SUPD officers are trained in CPR and First Aid, and officers have access to emergency medical supplies and automatic external defibrillators. SUPD maintains a Public Daily Log of Crimes and Fires and prepares appropriate incident reports.

Individuals with Mobility Impairments  Members of the university community with mobility impairments or other conditions which may require them to have assistance evacuating a building during a fire alarm or other emergency are urged to register with their appropriate Disability Resources Office. Disability Resources will provide SUPD with a record of such individuals and their schedules. Individuals requiring assistance during an evacuation should familiarize themselves with the evacuation routes in the buildings they will be using and contact SUPD at 617-573-8111 to report their location if they need assistance.

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CAS and SBS Students:  University Office of Disability Services (617-994-6820)

Law Students: Law School Dean of Students Office (617-573-8157)

University Employees:  Human Resources (617-573-8415)

Violence/Hostile Behavior should be reported to SUPD when it safe to do. Violent and hostile behavior includes any behavior that is threatening, intimidating and/or considered dangerous to others, which adversely impacts the normal activity of the day. If you observe a criminal act on campus, a person acting in a suspicious manner on campus, violence on campus or the threat of violence on campus, notify the Suffolk University Police Department (SUPD) at extension 8111 (or at 617-573-8111) as soon as it is safe to do so and report the incident. 

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Fire Alarms SUPD responds to all reports of fire alarms in university buildings to assist Boston Fire Department personnel with evacuation and finding the source of the alarm. Risk Management and Facilities are is also notified. All occupants should evacuate immediately upon hearing a fire alarm, following instructions as provided by the voice evacuation announcements.

Active Shooter SUPD will notify the Boston Police Department immediately of any report of an active shooter on or near the campus. Risk Emergency Management will be contacted to activate the emergency alert notification system. SUPD officers will coordinate with BPD and provide access to university buildings, assist in the evacuation of buildings if appropriate, and provide assistance and support to the responding public safety agencies.

Sexual Assaults and Domestic Violence Victims of sexual assault and domestic violence are urged to contact SUPD as soon as possible. Violent acts such as these will not be tolerated on campus and SUPD will work compassionately and professionally with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence to help ensure they receive appropriate medical and emotional care and are provided with the support and guidance necessary for them to make informed decisions regarding safety options in the aftermath of such violence. Refer to the Suffolk University Policy on Sexual Misconduct for specific information and resources. The policy can be found in the Student Handbook and on the SU website at http://www.suffolk.edu/studenthandbooksstudenthandbook/4757317840.htmlphp

Additional information for members of the Law School Community may be found at http://www.law.suffolk.edu/officeslaw/deanofstu/handbook/policies/harassment.cfmstudent-life/19216.php

Psychological Emergencies that are reported to SUPD will be addressed by SUPD as needed. SUPD will also alert other appropriate departments on campus as needed. The safety and well-being of the patient is priority while ensuring the safety and well-being of the community in all incidents of this nature.

Medical Emergencies should be reported to SUPD. SUPD will respond and provide medical assistance to the level of their training and will notify Boston Emergency Medical Services as needed. This would include all medical emergencies including any drug overdoses.

Non-Life Threatening Emergencies SUPD is issued cab vouchers from student services. These will be offered to resident students to travel to an area hospital for non-life threatening emergencies, if the resident/patient chooses to go.

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Suspicious Packages/Substances should be reported to the SUPD. No attempt should be made to touch or handle such items.   SUPD will respond to investigate the information obtained when it is safe to do and or notify the BPD, BFD (hazmat team), and the Office of Environmental, Health & Safety (OEHS)Emergency Management. All incidents will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. In cases that SUPD does respond, we will isolate the substance and or the suspicious package, establish communication and control, set up a perimeter, evacuate as needed, and attempt to identify persons involved and or those person(s) adversely impacted, provide first aid, gather evidence and attempt to render the scene safe upon investigation.

 

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Incident Support Team1/23/2013