Important Safety Information
Your safety on campus is vitally important to us. The WPI Police Department's primary mission is the safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff. However, maintaining the provisions for a safe living and learning environment will require the full support and cooperation of all members of the University community. For this collaborative endeavor to be effective, a sincere concern for our own welfare and the consideration we have for the rights of others is paramount.
Learning, teaching and exploring new ideas are basic activities of education and they can only occur in an environment of mutual trust. It is up to all of us to work together to create such an environment.
Information and personal awareness are the most powerful weapons you have to protect yourself. We have prepared the following information to inform our community members about the various safety and security initiatives that the University Police are employing. We feel that the most important of these are our crime prevention and awareness programs.
The WPI Police Department, located at 26 Boynton Street (lower level) in Worcester (two city blocks from the West Street Quad area), is open 24 hours a day, providing around-the-clock protection and services to the campus community. Dispatcher personnel and police personnel are on duty at all times.
WPI police officers have arrest authority (under Chapter 22C of the Massachusetts General Laws) and are charged with the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws, as well as the enforcement of the college's policies and regulations (on WPIU's property). They received their Police Academy training from the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council or the Massachusetts State Police.
Other training our officers receive include:
- three-month, on-the-job training program
- annual in-service training (40 hours)
- specialized training
- daily roll-call training
Our department works closely with the Worcester Police Department on matters of safety and security, both on our campus property and in the community immediately surrounding WPI.
We strongly recommend that you promptly report emergencies and/or criminal activity to the campus police by calling (on a campus phone) 5555 or 5433. If you are using an off-campus line, call +1-831-5555 or +1-831-5433. For the Worcester Police, dial 911
There are also 55 "blue-light" emergency phones located throughout the campus. We encourage all community members to familiarize themselves with their locations. A list of the locations is available online. By simply pressing the red emergency button, you will be dialing the campus police dispatcher.
A WPI Police Officer will be dispatched immediately to investigate the emergency or crime, and to take the appropriate action.
A computerized incident report system is currently used by all WPI Police to ensure that accurate statistical data is available on a variety of activities such as:
- report of crimes
- unusual events
- suspicious activity
- report of injuries
- report of emergencies
The Worcester Police Department has been asked to monitor, record, and report to the WPI Police Department all criminal activity at off-campus WPI properties, including properties occupied by recognized student organizations. We have also asked the Worcester Police to report crimes that are being committed in the peripheral property area that could pose a threat to our campus community, so that we can notify our community of this potential threat, in a timely manner.