Mason Police Create LGBTQ Liaison Officer Position

Posted: September 9, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: September 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

By Daniel Walsch

Officer Michael Guston. Mason Gazette photo

Officer Michael Guston of University Police has been named as its new liaison to Mason’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community. The position was established to enhance the relationship between the police department and the community.

“We believe the appointment of officer Guston as our official liaison to the LGBTQ community is an important step forward in opening up a formal line of communication to this community,” says Major George Ginovsky.

Ginovsky says Guston will work closely with the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Resources, which is part of University Life’s multicultural education and research coalition.

Guston has been a member of Mason’s University Police Department since November 2010. Prior to joining Mason, Guston served nine years with the Fairfax County Police Department, where he worked as a patrol officer, a domestic violence detective and a patrol sergeant.

He also served for 11 years with the Culver City Police Department in Los Angeles as a reserve police officer and two years with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office in Phoenix as a reserve deputy.

To contact Guston, call the police department’s dispatch number at 703-993-2810 or Guston’s departmental phone number during business hours at 703-675-9249.

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