Campus police deserve respect

Our nation has laid to rest another hero. Officer Sean Collier, police officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was tragically killed in the events that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombers ("Slain MIT police officer remembered," April 25).

At the young age of 27, Officer Collier had always wanted to be a police officer and chose to do so protecting the campus of MIT. At the Maryland Classified Employees Association, Inc., we have the honor of representing university police officers across the state from Salisbury University to Bowie State University and Frostburg State University. These are not "campus security guards," rather, they are sworn police officers with all the responsibilities and pressures of law enforcement. They are a presence on and off campuses, in rural and urban areas of our state, ensuring the safety of students, faculty, and members of the public during major sporting events, minor campus incidents, and often very volatile situations.

University police officers protect campuses and communities, and they, like Officer Sean Collier, deserve our respect, our admiration, and our thanks.

Linda Day, Baltimore

The writer is president of the Maryland Classified Employees Association, Inc.

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