Public Safety Transparency
Like too many social institutions within the United States, the history of policing is stained by its complicity in perpetuating racial injustice. Over the course of its history, policing has played a direct role in the preservation of slavery, segregation, political corruption, xenophobia, the infringement of constitutional rights to free speech and peaceful assembly, and the destabilization of communities via mass incarceration. Today, instances of police brutality such as those involving George Floyd are tragic reminders of the continued ubiquity of systemic racism in our country.
These are uncomfortable truths, but truths that are nonetheless acknowledged by the Brandeis Public Safety Department.
We acknowledge the justified pain, anger, frustration, and resentment our community — particularly our Black community — is feeling. We acknowledge the fear and distrust. We acknowledge the cumulative weight of our history. We acknowledge the need to listen, empathize, and actively combat injustice within our community. We acknowledge the importance of actions over words on the path to lasting reconciliation.
From our community, we ask for two things—openness and hope. We ask for the openness to learn about and engage with your Public Safety Department as well as navigate the messiness of change alongside the men and women here at the BUPSD who are committed to the values of justice and service. We also ask for the hope that, despite the darkness of our shared history, we might find redemption in our future for the benefit of each other and those who come after us.
Chief Matthew Rushton
|Incident Type||Oct. 2021||Sept. 2021||Aug. 2021|
|Assault (Not Aggravated)||0||1|
|Dangerous Condition (Bldg)||2|
|Dangerous Condition (Road)||1|
|Off Campus Escort||17||12|
|On Campus Escort||12||18|
|Harassment (in person)||1||0|
|Medical (Police Transport)||1||2|
|General Emergency Repair||3||3|
|General Non-Emergency Repair||44||33|
|Light Out (Repair)||0||3|
|Mutual Aid (PD)||5||1|
|Road Service (jumpstart)||0||1|
|Road Service (mechanical)||0||1|
|Accident (no injuries)||3||3|
|Traffic (disabled vehicle)||7||1|
|Vandalism (Motor Vehicle)||1||0|