Department of Police and Public Safety
In 1981, nine years after George Mason was officially established as a four-year university with legislation that legally separated the institution from the University of Virginia, the University’s 21 person security department was reorganized and formed as an autonomous law enforcement agency.
Today, the George Mason University Department of Police and Public Safety has grown to a force of over 135 full and part-time personnel including over fifty sworn police officers who provide services to the Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William Campuses. The Department is a full service law enforcement agency which has maintained its national recognition per the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1991.
The Department of Police and Public Safety is comprised of three main divisions as well as a robust student Police Cadet program that provides additional support to all three divisions in various capacities. The three primary divisions of the Department, as well as the Office of the Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police are described below:
Police Services Division
The Police Services Division, led by the Assistant Chief of Police, consists of the Operations Bureau which is responsible for oversight of the law enforcement functions of the Department to include Patrol, Investigative, and Special Operation units; and the Support Bureau which oversees Emergency Communications, Technical services and Law Enforcement administrative functions.
Public Safety Division
The Public Safety Division, led by the Director of Public Safety, is comprised of the Card Access Services Office, Physical Security Services and Lock Shop Services. The Public Safety Division provides technical and operational support for card access and camera technology as well as physical security functions.
Management Operations Division
The Management Operations Division, led by the Director of Management Operations, includes the Office of Central Records, Human Resources, Purchasing and general departmental administrative functions.
Office of the Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police
The Office of the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety & Chief of Police consists of the Professional Standards Division and the Public Information Officer. The Professional Standards Division, which has a direct reporting line, is responsible for the Internal Affairs and Citizen’s Complaint function, management of the CALEA Accreditation process, Crime Analysis and Clery Act compliance functions.