University Police Names First Officer of the Year

Posted: March 9, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

In a ceremony this morning, university police officer Donna E. Shaw is honored as Officer of the Year. She is the first recipient of the award. Assigned to the Fairfax Campus, she has been at George Mason since January 1999. “It means a lot to me–as a rookie officer–to be recognized in this manner,” Shaw says. “I really enjoy the work I do, learning about people, and the interaction with the campus community.”

Nominations for the honor were submitted by department commanders to Chief Michael Lynch, who made the selection from eight nominees. “I wanted it to be a fair process and an earned recognition,” Lynch says. “In addition to the recommendation letter, I looked at the overall record of each nominee, including factors such as enthusiasm, cooperation, attendance, stats, and other elements of job performance.”

Shaw received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 1996 from Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina, and she is pursuing graduate studies in sociology and criminal justice at George Mason. She credits her success as a university police officer to her own experiences as a student. “I know where the students are coming from,” she says. “I understand they are at unique places in their lives and need to be treated accordingly.”

“Officer Shaw is doing very well in her career at George Mason,” says Lynch. “Judging from feedback I’ve gotten from other members of the department, the recognition is well-deserved.”

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