Anne P. Glavin, chief of the MIT Campus Police since 1987, has accepted a new senior-level position as director of public safety at the Institute, effective on or about March 30.
Chief Glavin will remain in her current position while MIT conducts a national search for her successor. Campus Police and the director of public safety will report to Stephen D. Immerman, director of enterprise services in the office of the executive vice president.
In her new role, Ms. Glavin will remain a sworn law enforcement officer focusing on Institute-wide policies and projects related to the broad area of public safety. Included will be public safety issues related to major events coordination, critical incident and risk management, comprehensive campus disaster response planning, and interface with regional and local public law enforcement agencies, aswell as campus-wide safety and security planning.
Commenting on Chief Glavin's many contributions in his memo to Campus Police, Mr. Immerman wrote, "During Anne's 13 years as chief, the department has achieved substantial success in expanding its diversity, increasing its professionalism and reinforcing its primaryrole in service to the MIT community."
Chief Glavin believes the department enjoys very high approval at MIT because of officers' professional expertise and demonstrated abilities to meet the needs of the community. "We are well trained, practice our business according to professional standards, are dedicated to community policing and understand our role at MIT," she said.
MIT Campus Police was among the first in Massachusetts to develop and implement a hate crime policy and to initiate a RAD (Rape Aggression Defense) program. In addition, the department was one of the earliest in the country to establish a bicycle patrol unit, which received a recognition award from the Massachusetts Association of College and University Public Safety Directors in 1992. The US Secret Service has acknowledged the MIT Campus Police threat management and workplace violence program as one of the better programs in campus law enforcement.
"Anne Glavin has done an outstanding job in leading Campus Police, and this new assignment will allow her to contribute at an even higher level to the Institute and to her profession," Mr. Immerman said.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on January 10, 2001.