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Campus Crime Timeline

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1960

Robert Tonis becomes HUPD's first Chief.

1964

James O'Sullivan who, in 2000, is the oldest officer on the force, joins the HUPD.

1974-75

Crime in the Square is on the rise, and the Cambridge Police Department is criticized for its inability to control it.

1975

Dave Gorski becomes HUPD Chief.

1984

Paul E. Johnson becomes HUPD Chief.

1989

Massachusetts passes an open campus police log law.

1990

The U.S. Congress passes Campus Security Act, which makes colleges responsible for releasing internal crime statistics.

1995

Bud Riley becomes HUPD Chief.

1995

Riley hires George Kelling, a research fellow at the Kennedy School, to study the force. He issues a 55-page report on the status of the department. The verdict: things are good, but many in the department resist the move to community policing, which the report says is necessary for the force's improvement.

1995

HUPD officers are faced with serious crime on campus when a Dunster House junior murders her roommate and then kills herself.

1996

HUPD omits the arrest of eventually convicted rapist Joshua M. Elster, Class of 2000, from the police blotter. Officials cite computer problems and human error.

1996

HUPD inducts the largest class of new officers in its history. Riley reorganizes department, implementing his vision of community policing and firing the department's seven lieutenants.

1996

Congress amends the Campus Security Act to require that schools disclose crime committed on the borders of colleges and not merely within them.

2000

Defying HUPD requests, about 30 members of the Progressive Student Labor Movement occupy Byerly Hall in an attempt to recruit incoming first-years to their campaign for a living wage.

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