Babson College police officers Kevin Carrigan and Nashley Gonzalez were honored recently by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA) for community-oriented policing and innovation in policing.
Carrigan and Gonzalez, two of the founding individuals of the Babson College Community Engagement Team in the Babson Public Safety Department, received the Sean Collier Award. The award—named for MIT police officer Sean A. Collier, who was killed in the line of duty in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing—“recognizes a strong commitment to the community, the development of community policing programs, and community relationship building and the development of strong partnerships.”
At the awards ceremony last week, Carrigan and Gonzalez were lauded for their leadership and innovation in community-oriented policing and crime prevention efforts.
“Over the last few years and with the challenges of both COVID and police reform, Kevin and Nashley immediately recognized the importance of thinking outside the box and humanizing our field of work,” said Erin Carcia, Babson’s executive director of campus safety and chief of police. “They consistently seek opportunities for Public Safety to personally interact with the community outside of immediate safety and security concerns so that we can continue to build that sense of humanity, trust, and partnership.”
Carrigan and Gonzalez have been integral in implementing the Community Resource Dog Program, as Roger, a 78-pound Golden Retriever, has quickly grown into a popular and effective ambassador for Public Safety’s community engagement efforts.
The Babson College Community Engagement Team has been involved in numerous campus programs, including: meeting with numerous athletics teams, Student of Color Welcome Reception, Coffee with a Cop campus wide, numerous student Meet & Greets, partnering with the Student Government Association on a campus lighting survey, basic self-defense courses, stress relief event with Public Safety at Horn Library, Toys for Tots cruiser drive, how to host a socially responsible party, and Spring Day with Roger, the police community dog.
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