Public Safety

Members of the Department of Public Safety are committed to ensuring a safe and secure community at Holy Cross where students, faculty and staff can experience academic, professional and personal success.

In Case of an Emergency

Public Safety, located on the lower level of The Jo (The Joanne Chouinard-Luth Recreation and Wellness Center), is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are received at the Public Safety Dispatch Center, which is staffed 24-hours a day.

On-Campus Extension
Cell Phone or Off-Campus Phone

Transparency and Accountability

To ensure that each member of Public Safety possesses the character and integrity required of an honorable public servant, we go to great lengths to recruit, hire, and extensively and continuously train each one of our police officers and emergency dispatchers.

Report an Incident

Our online forms and phone numbers allow you to report concerns at any time.

Safety Tips

Taking some precautions can substantially decrease your chances of becoming a victim of crime.


Public Safety offers a variety of resources to our community in order to make the campus a safer place to learn, teach, work, and live.

Facilities Security and Access

Learn who has access to campus and resident facilities.

Records and Reports

View the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, as well as the following:

Contact Us

See a list of our staff members.

Gracie, a goldendoodle comfort dog, sitting on the lawn.
Comfort Dog
Meet Gracie!

Hello, my name is Gracie and I’m a goldendoodle. I help build relationships with the Holy Cross community and assist in helping students who are feeling stress or anxiety and may find comfort in the presence of a dog. You’ll see me frequently on campus with my officer partner. When you do, feel free to stop and say hello or even to pet me!

Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 253 known as An Act Relative To Justice, Equity And Accountability In Law Enforcement In The Commonwealth, the department is designated a sworn law enforcement agency with all responsibility for crimes that occur within our jurisdiction. As such, all Public Safety officers are certified by the Massachusetts Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission and are accountable to the POST Commission for continued compliance with policies and training. 

The department endeavors to act and work within a Jesuit mission framework that promotes a just and equitable outcome for all. Public Safety is committed to continuous learning, teaching and training of its members in a manner and frequency that lends itself to consistent positive transformation in partnership and dialogue with the Holy Cross community. This partnership is the foundation of maintaining an environment that encourages mutual respect, caring and safety for the campus community. 

All Public Safety officers are sworn police officers who have graduated from a police academy administered either by the Massachusetts State Police or the Massachusetts Police Training Committee. They have arrest authority and are charged with the enforcement of federal, state, and local laws, as well as the enforcement of College policies. 

Public Safety works closely with the City of Worcester Police Department as well as state and local emergency response services.