UMass-Boston: ‘The State Police Presence on Campus Has Ended’

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University of Massachusetts-Boston Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman and university Police Chief Donald Baynard addressed the campus community in separate letters announcing that state police will no longer have a presence on campus.

The state police previously used the university’s parking lots because of “a long-standing practice of inter-agency cooperation among the commonwealth’s public safety and law enforcement entities related to large scale events in Boston,” the chancellor noted.

For example, she recalled how the parking lot was used “when the city was crowded and in need of overflow parking for police agencies” at large-scale events, such as former President Barack Obama’s visit to the area as well as the Boston Marathon, which was bombed in 2013.

To date, inter-agency cooperation has helped ensure that both the campus and city residents are safe, and the partnerships are utilized on a regular basis for both minor policing situations and emergencies like that of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

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