University police officers are commissioned in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 22c Section 63 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and have full law enforcement authority in and upon all property owned, occupied or used by the university.

The Department recognizes its responsibility to provide crime prevention, community policing and emergency police and medical services to members of the Northeastern Community. University police officers are also commissioned as deputy Sheriffs in Suffolk County, providing them with the authority to exercise police duties on the public streets and other areas of the city contiguous to the campus.

All newly appointed university police officers are graduates of a police academy conducted or sanctioned by the Massachusetts State Police or Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council. The training consists of several months of full-time, in-depth training in all aspects of police operations and are followed by several weeks of field training under the lose supervision of a field training officer. Annual in-service refresher training is provided to all specialized topics, such as crime prevention theory and the investigation of sexual assaults and bias-motivated crimes, as well as other subjects that enhance the ability of the division to provide comprehensive public safety services.