James Van Doren Named Officer of the Year

Posted: April 23, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

Master Police Officer James E. Van Doren has been recognized by the University Police Department as its Officer of the Year. Currently assigned to the Prince William Campus, he has been at George Mason since 1995, following eight years as a military police officer in the Army. “I am happy and surprised about the award,” he says. “It is always good to see that your work does not go unnoticed.”

Fletcher Daniels, distributed campus lieutenant, says Van Doren’s enthusiasm, commitment, and initiative distinguish him. “He is a very conscientious person with excellent moral character,” says Daniels, “and I have always known him to be responsible and reliable.” Daniels adds that Van Doren’s exceptional listening and interpersonal communication skills “make him an asset” to the department.

“I’m very impressed with Van Doren’s attitude of serving anywhere he’s needed,” adds Chief Michael Lynch. “He takes his projects above and beyond the basic expectations.”

Van Doren is a field training officer for new officers and a baton and pepper spray instructor. He also has received funding from the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control for programs to enforce underage drinking laws. “I do all this because I am very involved with my work and dedicated to it,” he says. “I enjoy the diverse community that the university offers, as well as the opportunity to give back to the department by sharing my knowledge and experience with other officers.”

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