WPI Police

The WPI Police Department is dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff. As members of the campus community, the department strives to uphold an environment where civility is practiced, diversity is respected, and safety is ensured.

The WPI Police  also provides educational and safety programs for the campus community and maintains a pro­active stance in prevention and security. To fulfill this goal, the department seeks out community involvement and encourages a combined police and community approach in problem solving and interactive relations.

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 WPI'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.

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Accreditation Assessment

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Police Chief Cheryl Martunas is pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission will be on campus Wednesday, October 12, 2016, to begin examining various aspects of the WPI Police Department’s policies, procedures, operations, and facilities. 

Verification by the assessment team that the department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain state accreditation, a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain standards that have been established for the profession by the profession.

The Massachusetts Police Accreditation Program consists of 257 mandatory standards as well as 125 optional standards.  In order to achieve accreditation status, the department must meet all applicable mandatory standards as well as 55% of the optional standards.  Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. 

The assessment team will be on site for up to three days. Anyone interested in learning more about this program may call Chief Martunas at 508-831-5533 or the Department’s Accreditation Manager, Michael Hill, at 508-831-5091.