University Police to Celebrate 25 Years

Posted: January 19, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

On Friday, Jan. 20, the George Mason University Police Department will host a gala celebration honoring its 25th anniversary. A dinner and reunion of present and past university officers will take place on the Fairfax Campus in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

In 25 years, the police department has grown right along with the university – and will continue to grow. In 1980, 21 officers were sworn in as a full-service, independent police department. At that time, the university had approximately 500 resident students and a population of about 17,000 students, faculty and staff.

Today, with more than 4,000 resident students, three campuses and a university population of more than 34,000, University Police has grown to a strength of 52 officers. The department has also been accredited with the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 1991.

“There is always something exciting going on at George Mason, and University Police is here to make sure that we reflect the university’s mission,” says Chief Michael Lynch. “I’m very proud of our accomplishments, and I think we are one of the best police departments in the nation.”

The anniversary dinner and awards presentation will be followed by a reunion for all current and former George Mason police officers.

Even as they are reflecting back during this anniversary, the department is also looking forward. This spring, the police building on the Fairfax Campus will be renovated, providing extra office space and other facilities.

The department is also beginning to plan in accordance with the university’s expansions – including staffing a future Loudoun Campus with officers and increasing security measures as needed for new facilities such as the Research I Building and the Prince William Regional Biocontainment Laboratory.

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