Interested in a Career with Mason Police?
Mason Police offers benefits that are competitive with other law enforcement agencies nationwide.
Paid Time Off
New full-time employees earn 96 hours (12 days) of annual leave (i.e., “paid time off”) per year. In addition to earned annual leave that accrues every pay period and carries over into the new year, full-time employees begin every year with the following leave balances:
- 64 hours of Sick Leave
- 32 hours of Family and Personal Leave
- 16 hours of School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave
- 16 hours of Bereavement Leave
Mason employees also enjoy other leave benefits such as:
- Approximately 152 hours of paid holidays every year
- Up to 320 hours of paid Parental Leave
- Up to 12 months for paid Educational or Staff Study Leave of Absence
Learn more about Paid Time Off.
Health Insurance and Retirement
Mason employees have access to:
- Affordable Health Insurance and Dental Insurance plans
- Virginia Retirement System (VRS) – the 17th largest public or private pension fund in the U.S., serving more than 750,000 active and inactive members, retirees and beneficiaries
- Employee Assistance Programs – Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling and legal or financial services.
Eligible Mason Employees
Eligible Mason employees are allowed to enroll in classes and related laboratories each academic year, for which tuition (up to 12 credits per year for any academic program – including the Scalia Law School and graduate programs), mandatory student fee, lab, and course fees will be exempted. Learn more about Mason’s Employee Tuition Exemption Benefit.
Eligible Dependents of Mason Employees
As of November 9, 2022, George Mason University is offering the Mason Virginia Promise (MVP) Grant for qualifying dependents of Mason employees. The employee must be current, active, and benefits-eligible to qualify for this benefit. Learn more about Employee Dependent Tuition Benefit.
Take-Home Vehicle Program
Eligible Officers can participate in Mason Police’s take-home vehicle program.
- Eight-lane indoor firing range shared with City of Fairfax PD and City of Falls Church PD
- Crime Scene Processing Course
- Firearms Instructor Course
- Leadership Development Course
- Police Driving Instructor Course
- Executive Protection Course
- And more
- Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU)
- K-9 Unit
- Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drone) Unit
- Threat Assessment Unit
- Special Response Team (SRT) Unit
- Executive Protection Unit
- Bike Patrol Unit
- Crime Prevention Officer
- And more
- EagleBank Arena
- Center for the Arts
- Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)
- Political Campaigns
- And more
- Greek Life
- Title IX
- Mason Life
- And more
Research Collaborations with University Academics
Members of Mason Police enjoy opportunities working with cutting edge technology such as FARO, 3D Mapping, and more.
Police Academy and Field Training
Mason Police officers are some of the best trained officers in metro-Washington Region. Under the Virginia Administrative Code, to become a Mason Police officer, an individual must comply with the following law-enforcement certification requirements:
1. Successfully complete law-enforcement basic training at a certified criminal justice training academy, which includes receiving a minimum of 480 hours of department approved training in the following categories: Professionalism; Legal; Communication; Patrol; Investigations; Defensive tactics and use of force; Weapons; and Driver training.
2. Successfully complete a minimum of 100 hours of approved training in the category of field training by meeting or exceeding the field training performance outcomes identified in the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Field Training and On the Job Training Performance Outcomes. See 6VAC20-20-21. Compulsory minimum training standards and requirements.
Additionally, Mason Police basic training and field training far exceeds the state basic training standard of 480 hours and 100 hours respectively. Mason Police officers currently receive 817 hours of basic training. Additionally, after graduation from the police academy, Mason Police undergo 480 hours of field training under the watchful eyes of specially certified field training officers.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Learn more about Mason’s Non-Discrimination Policy.