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IACLEA Statement on Fatal Shooting of MIT Police Officer

Anne P. Glavin, President April 19, 2013

It is with a very heavy heart that I extend condolences on behalf of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators to the family of the fallen MIT Police Officer, Sean A. Collier. As the former Chief of Police at MIT, I personally grieve for this young officer and for the men and women who worked with him at the MIT Police Department.

The loss of an officer in the line of duty is an unspeakable tragedy. Given the recent events in Boston and the apparent connection to this case, Officer Collier's death is even more shocking. Today, police officers in Boston have no time to grieve. Campus Police are on alert as dozens of campuses in the area are closed and on lockdown while the search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continues.

The job of a police officer in today's world, wherever that officer works, requires dedication to public safety, bravery, and courage and the ability to deal with the darker side of life. This 26-year old officer gave his life in the protection of the MIT community and Sean Collier will forever be remembered for that ultimate sacrifice.

Again, our hearts go out to Sean's family, the MIT community, and the people of Massachusetts struggling to deal with the tragic events that have unfolded. The thoughts and prayers of IACLEA members are with the family, friends, and colleagues of the fallen MIT officer and the college community.

With deep sympathy, Anne P. Glavin IACLEA President Former Chief of Police, MIT

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