At Harvard Legacy of Slavery Event, HUPD Chief Says Modern Law Enforcement Practices are ‘Outdated’

Harvard University Police Department Chief Victor A. Clay said current law enforcement recruitment and training practices are “outdated and ineffective," calling for police departments to reform during a webinar hosted Thursday by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Harvard Police Union and University to Enter Federal Mediation in Contract Negotiations

More than a year after Harvard’s contract with its police union expired, the two sides are set to enter federal mediation in their negotiations over a new contract.

Harvard Police Department Sees Senior Leadership Shakeup in Clay’s First Year

When longtime Harvard University Police Chief Francis D. “Bud” Riley retired in 2020, he left behind a department roiled by allegations of racism, sexism, and favoritism — part of a toxic work environment some current and former officers alleged he created.

Harvard Police Investigating Racist Signs Posted on Undergraduate Council President’s Door

The Harvard University Police Department is investigating the racist attack levied against Undergraduate Council President Michael Y. Cheng ’22 earlier this month.

Harvard Police Department to Close Mather Substation Following Student, Faculty Complaints

The Harvard University Police Department is set to close its Mather House substation following years of outcry from students and faculty.

HUPD Advisory Board Holds First Meeting of 2022

The Harvard University Police Department Advisory Board discussed redefining campus safety and working toward greater department transparency at its first meeting of the semester last Wednesday.

Car Crashes in Harvard Yard, Nearly Striking Several Students

A man who “appeared to be under the influence” drove his vehicle into Harvard Yard, nearly striking several people and ending in a car crash Wednesday night, per Harvard police spokesperson Steven G. Catalano.

Victor A. Clay Profile

Chief Victor A. Clay, the new chief of the Harvard University Police Department, has over 30 years of experience serving in law enforcement, including seven years serving in campus security.

HUPD Chief Victor Clay’s Journey from Grocery Clerk to Leading Harvard’s Embattled Police Force

When Victor A. Clay arrived to helm Harvard’s police force in July, the department was facing allegations of decades of sexism, racism, and favoritism among employees, as well as campus activism calling for its reform or even abolition.


Harvard University Police Department chief Victor Clay said in an interview that police should not be the uniform response to individuals experiencing acute mental health issues.

New HUPD Chief Discusses Force’s Role in Responding to Mental Health Crises in Crimson Interview

Three months into his tenure, Harvard University Police Department chief Victor A. Clay said he is looking at changes to HUPD’s response to mental health crises on and near campus in an interview with The Crimson on Friday.

Harvard Saw Decrease in Total Crimes and Sexual Assaults, Increase in Burglaries During 2020

The total number of reported crimes in 2020 was 178, down from the 220 total crimes reported in 2019. On-campus crimes also saw a 14 percent decrease in 2020 — when college students were sent home in March, and only freshmen were invited to live back on campus in the fall.

HUPD Arresting Black People at Disproportionate Rate, New Data Shows

The Harvard University Police Department has been arresting Black people at a disproportionate rate compared to the general population over the last three years, according to data from the department’s new workload and crime dashboard.

New HUPD Chief Pledges to Improve Diversity, Transparency on Campus Force

As he begins his tenure as chief of the Harvard University Police Department, Victor A. “Vic” Clay said in his first interview with The Crimson Tuesday that he intends to diversify Harvard’s police force and increase communication between the department and the Harvard affiliates it serves.

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