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Police move now official

The MIT Campus Police have officially moved into their new headquarters at 301 Vassar St., Building W89. The building is just past Simmons Hall and is on MIT's Shuttle and SafeRide routes.

MIT Campus Police will continue to be available to respond to community needs at two additional locations on campus; events registration is on the first floor of W31 (the former campus police building) and other services are in the Stata Center.

Emergency contact numbers will not change, and the move to W89 will not affect patrol routes, said John DiFava, director of security and campus police services.

The Vassar Street facility, formerly occupied by the MIT Professional Learning Center, was designed for the Campus Police by Boston architectural firm Donham and Sweeney. MIT Police Capt. David Carlson coordinated the project and the move to W89.

DiFava, a 20-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police, wanted the facility to accommodate the changing ways in which police work is done -- especially, the growing use of technology.

An open house for the community is planned for later this spring.

The police also announced a new anonymous tip line to report crime: 8-TIPS (x8-8477).

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 22, 2006 (download PDF).

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