Boston, Newton, Brookline, and BCPD Jurisdiction


Boston College is uniquely located in the suburban setting of Newton (Chestnut Hill), with parts of the campus crossing into the City of Boston. Students living off-campus typically either live in Brighton, Newton, or Brookline. Where you live has an important impact on who you call in situations where you may need police assistance.

Local Police Departments:

In the event of an emergency, students living off-campus should call their local police department. If you are in Brighton, that would be the Boston Police Department - District 14. If you are in Newton, it would be the Newton Police Department and if Brookline, the Brookline Police Department. The Boston College Police Department (BCPD) can also be called, but only after contacting your local police department first. If you live off-campus, your local police department has primary jurisdiction and therefore is responsible for responding to and investigating suspicious circumstances and criminal matters. 

Boston College Police Department:

The Boston College Police Department has the same authority and powers as local or state police in or upon the lands and structures owned, used, or formally occupied by the University. BCPD also has deputy sheriff powers for use in off-campus situations and support the Boston and Newton Police.

Boston Police Detail:

Boston College hires special Boston Police Department details from 8:00 P.M. to 4:00 A.M. Thursday through Saturday and on other high activity days to respond to off-campus complaints. The detail reduces the number of responses necessary by the regular, on-duty Boston Police officers. 

Community Assistance Program:

The Community Assistance Program (CAP) is run by the Office of Governmental and Community Affairs in collaboration with the Office of the Dean of Students. The purpose of CAP is to enhance the relationship between the wider community and Boston College’s on- and off-campus students.

The Off Campus Student Community Liaison, Steve Montgomery, leads the CAP by responding to concerns and complaints in the community. The liaison observes areas where large numbers of off-campus student live on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as well as holidays and other high activity dates. Though the liaison is not a law enforcement official, the liaison does respond to disturbance calls and works closely with neighbors as well as the Boston Police and the Boston College Police to maintain a safe, respectful neighborhood. The Off Campus Student Community Liaison is also an advocate for students who face challenges living off-campus. Students can contact the CAP program at 617-552-6028.

Eagle Escort Services:

The purpose of Eagle Escort Services is to provide safety services for all members of the Boston College community traveling in and around campus. It is provided as a public safety service and is not intended as a substitute for public transportation, the various BC shuttles (including the Grocery and Newton Center shuttle) or local taxi services. Participants may be required to present their Boston College ID to Eagle Escort personnel prior to services rendered. BC Police and Safety Escort numbers are provided on the back of all Eagle ID cards, but we also suggest programming your local police department's emergency and non-emergency numbers into your mobile phone.

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