Lasell College, Mount Ida College initiate public safety collaboration

Friday, August 30, 2013

Lasell College and Mount Ida College have agreed to collaborate and combine public safety services for both campuses to improve the quality of the student experience and create cost efficiencies at both institutions. The joint department begins operation this fall.

The combined department, known as the Colleges Combined Public Safety Department (CCPSD), will provide security and police response for all calls of service on property owned and operated by each institution. In addition, the combined campus police department will provide community policing functions, crime prevention programming, and community outreach. All officers will be police academy trained and sworn Special State Police Officers (SSPO) and Middlesex County Sheriffs.

“By sharing resources and working collaboratively, we look forward to maintaining the high standard of service our community expects and our students deserve,” stated Mount Ida College Vice President for Finances and Administration Cheryl St. Pierre-Sleboda.

Lasell Vice President for Business and Finance Michael Hoyle said, “This partnership will provide a higher quality of service for students on both campuses and produce expected cost efficiencies that will begin to accumulate within a year.”

Key elements of the agreement include the following:

· the joint department will operate under a single Director of Public Safety, Ed Conlin, who currently serves in that position at Lasell;

· a new common badge and uniform design has been created for officers on both campuses;

· police vehicles will bear a common car decal;

· the new department will hire seven new officers; and

· a new, nearly completed centralized dispatch and communication station at Mount Ida to be staffed 24/7.

About Lasell College

An innovative educational institution for more than 160 years, Lasell is an independent coeducational college emphasizing the integration of professional and liberal arts programs leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The campus is situated on a 53-acre campus eight miles from downtown Boston. Adjacent to the college is Lasell Village, the first-of-its-kind, college-sponsored retirement community with a learning mandate that has drawn international attention.

About Mount Ida College

Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts that provides career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation of social sciences, humanities, and the arts—all to prepare our students for achievement in their chosen careers, and in life. With a tight-knit, inclusive community, a diverse student body, winning NCAA Division III sports teams, a beautiful and safe suburban campus, and a vibrant school spirit, Mount Ida is the place where students become the best version of themselves. To learn more, visit the College’s website at www.mountida.edu.