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CP Jurisdiction Shouldn’t Be an Issue

Anyone attempting to cross the street in front of 77 Massachusetts Avenue while the traffic light was out of service recently became greatly aware of just how essential that traffic light really is. Unfortunately, there was no crossing guard there during the majority of the outage to stop traffic and help pedestrians cross the street.

Chief of Campus Police Anne Glavin stated in The Tech [“Cabling Leads to Crossing Chaos,” Nov. 9] that the Cambridge Police did not post a detail during the weekend because, “Apparently, they didn’t have the manpower.” Why didn’t MIT Campus Police post a detail? The same article stated that “the road is not considered part of the campus and not within Campus Police jurisdiction.”

However, at the same time, an article called “Who’s in Charge,” in the November issue of Counterpoint magazine, informs us that Campus Police have been patrolling FSILGs across the river in Boston since last May.

Am I to understand, Chief Glavin, that Campus Police has jurisdiction over fraternity houses miles away in Boston, but they don’t have the jurisdiction to post a crossing guard 10 feet in front of the Institute? Are you telling me that you can send officers to answer calls at Boston fraternity houses, but you don’t have the power to help me cross the street from the Student Center to Lobby 7?

Boston FSILGs complain that they have more police presence than they know what to do with, but Campus Police officers don’t have the “jurisdiction” to help people in the middle of campus cross the street. I’m unsure whether we should treat this as a severe misalignment of priorities, or just a general lack of common sense.

Jamie Byrum G