Public Safety

A message from the Association of Chiefs of Police of the Massachusetts State Universities. 

(June 1, 2020)

The death of George Floyd in Minnesota was as senseless as it was tragic. Mr. Floyd's death is just the most recent incident in what has emerged as a pattern of needless and appalling encounters between police officers and people of color in this country. 

The Association of Chiefs of Police of the Massachusetts State Universities (ACOP) condemns all incidences of police brutality. We denounce any failure to carry out our core law enforcement mission, which is to protect life. 

The actions of inactions of the police officers involved in Mr. Floyd's death do not represent the expectations that we have established for the police officers under our supervision; and no citizen should expect or tolerate such behaviors on the part of police officers anywhere. We must not continue to tolerate systemic failures in our policing and criminal justice system. 

ACOP's main goal is and always will be to keep students, faculty, and staff safe. State university police departments are committed to acting professionally at all times, while breaking down barriers between our officers and the citizens they serve. We realize that we depend on the support and cooperation of our university communities, and therefore we will continue to work on opening respectful dialogs and building relationships with students and other in order to remain effective and ultimately to increase safety on campus. 

In addition to completing state-certified police academy training and ongoing, mandatory in-service training, state university police officers receive regular training in fair and impartial policing and in de-escalation techniques. We will continue to further educate and train our officers so that we can help maintain a safe and inclusive campus environment for people of all backgrounds. 

Welcome to the Public Safety Office. The academy employs full time and reserve, professional, police officers, certified through the Massachusetts State Police certification unit as Special State Police Officers.  

The safety and security of the students, faculty, staff, and campus community are of paramount importance in every aspect of our duties.  We work closely with local law enforcement and with our own administration and student disciplinary professionals to provide a safe and secure learning environment.  We are committed to community-oriented policing that involves working closely with our students, staff, and visitors.

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Maritime Academy Police Department’s mission is to protect and serve the academy community to a reasonable expectation with courtesy, patience, duty, teamwork, unity, and strength.

Massachusetts Maritime Academy Police Officers are appointed by the Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Safety under the auspices of the Massachusetts general laws, chapter 22-C Section 63, as special state police officers for the purpose of providing for the safety and welfare of the academy’s students, faculty, staff, guests, and protecting the academy’s property. Each appointed officer is vested with all the powers, privileges and immunities of a special state police officer
while on the property under the control and jurisdiction of Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

The major components of MMA police officers job are public safety, security and law enforcement. However, the emphasis of Massachusetts Maritime Academy police officers is on service, prevention, education, and safety. The enforcement emphasis is on maintaining order through cooperative interactions utilizing the academy’s disciplinary system and our court system.

The Public Safety Office is staffed and operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For general business/administrative assistance call: 508.830.5000 ext: 1025 or 508.726.0798 Monday through Friday from 0800 to 1600 excluding holidays.                    

  •     In case of an emergency, call:  911 or 508.830.6408
  •     For non-emergency/general business matters call the on-duty officer at 508.726.0798