Police Officer

Boston, MA
Berklee College of Music

The Berklee Public Safety Department is a full-service police agency that serves the Berklee Community and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All officers are sworn Special State Police Officers and deputized in Suffolk County. Safety and security are a responsibility shared by the entire community, the mission is best achieved by applying leadership and our unique expertise to partnerships designed to prevent loss, reduce harm, and solve problems. Our mission is to provide quality police, security, and related public safety services to the Berklee community, helping ensure our campus remains a safe and pleasant place in which to live, work, and study. To fulfill this mission, the department fosters a culture of prevention through an organizational commitment to the philosophy of community-oriented policing and problems solving, (COPPS). The core of the COPPS philosophy is, building long term meaningful partnerships with community stakeholders and working collaboratively with them to identify and address problems and their root causes in a joint effort to reduce or prevent crime, disorder, fear of crime, and to improve the quality of life.


1. Protect life and property. Working as a member of a team, and in problem solving partnerships with the community, actively seeks to identify safety and security related problems and concerns and take the necessary steps to resolve those problems or concerns efficiently and effectively.
2. Respond safely and rapidly to emergency calls for police service such as reports of crimes in progress; suspected criminal activity; medical emergencies; environmental emergencies; fires, fire alarms; motion and intrusion alarms; and accidents, etc. Render aid and assistance to victims, advising them of available services, and making the appropriate referrals to available resources. Conduct thorough initial investigations of incidents and follow up investigations as assigned. Assist Massachusetts State Police, Boston Police, Boston Fire; Boston EMS; and other public safety service as requested and/or required.
3. In accordance with law, best practices and well as established policies and procedures, properly responding to and reporting incidents that are in violation of law, including arresting violators, seeking criminal summonses, testifying in a court of law and other duties associated with the criminal justice system or college rules and regulations.

4. Prevent criminal activity in and around Berklee College through highly visible, omnipresent police patrols. Attend community events and speak to students, faculty and/or staff regarding strategies and tactics to stay safe.
5. Using data to inform preventative patrol tactics and problem-solving strategies.
6. Performing traffic direction, parking enforcement, and crowd control duties as assigned.


Must be a United States citizen
High school diploma / GED
Applicant must be at least 21 years of age at time of application. The applicant must also have the following at time of application:
Active Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator License; AND
Active Massachusetts License to Carry a Firearm (M.G.L.c.140, section 131) (Without restriction).
Must be eligible to be appointed (warranted) and maintain appointment by the Massachusetts State Police as a Special State Police Officer pursuant to M.G.L. c 22c, section 63.


Active certification in CPR/First Aid/AED.
Campus Law Enforcement Experience.
Knowledge of the ARMS reporting system.
Knowledge of police procedures and practices, the law of arrest and criminal procedures.
Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to prepare written reports.
Strong ability to understand the dynamics and culture of an institution of higher learning.