Mason Police is committed to providing the Mason community a safe and secure environment while allowing time to service our community with special event and project requests for the university community, as well as affiliated individuals. See below for Crime Prevention and Safety Awareness Programs and Services Provided to the Mason community.
Crime Prevention and Safety Awareness Programs
Mason Police is a member of the Fairfax City Crime Solvers Program. Information reported to Mason Police that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000. Mason Police maintains a confidential information phone line, (703) 993-4111, through which persons can supply information regarding suspicious or illegal activity.
For more information, please visit the Crime Solvers Tips page.
Threat Assessment Team
Report Concerning or Threatening Behavior to Mason’s Threat Assessment Team (TAT)
To report concerning or threatening behavior, or anyone (student or employee) that may become a threat to themselves or others, click on the link below to initiate a review by the appropriate university department or officials.
Concerning Behaviors and Potential Warning Signs:
- Physical assault or unwanted touching;
- Making direct or indirect threats or attempts to harm others;
- Engaging in hostile, aggressive, abusive, intimidating, stalking, bullying, or harassing behaviors towards others;
- Threatening to or intentionally damaging property;
- Abusive conduct in that an objectively reasonable person would find hostile;
- Behavior that creates a reasonable fear of injury or substantial emotional stress;
- Possessing, brandishing, or using a weapon that is not required by the individual’s position;
Aiding, facilitating, promoting, or encouraging the commission violence;
Retaliating against any others that report acts of violence;
- Identifying with or idolizing persons who have engaged in violence;
- Contextually displaying paranoia or distrust disproportionate to a situation; or,
- Displaying significant decreased performance in work / academics, radical fluctuation in mood / disposition, decreased ability to cope with change/hardship, and / or significant changes in hygiene / appearance coupled with one or more behaviors listed above.
Contact Mason Police’s Threat Assessment Officer:
- Sergeant Steven Bennett
- Phone: (703) 993-2862
- Email: email@example.com
Mason Ready Resources
Mason Alert Emergency Notification System
- Mason Alert is George Mason University’s emergency notification system that is used to send emergency notifications and timely warnings to the university community via text, email, telephone call, and digital signage. For more information, please visit the University’s Mason Alert page.
Campus Emergency Resources
- Emergency preparedness guides and resources available on the University’s Campus Emergencies page.
Active Threat Preparedness
- Active Threat awareness training, response procedures, and prevention resources are available on the University’s Active Threat page.
Violence Awareness and Prevention
- Violence reporting options, awareness information, prevention resources, and training are available on the University’s Violence Awareness and Prevention website.
Emergency Preparedness App – Rave Guardian
- Rave Guardian is a campus safety mobile application that enhances preparedness and safety on campus using interactive features and allowing students to create a virtual network of friends, family, and campus safety personnel. The application also includes anonymous, two-way crime reporting through text and picture messaging. The application is available to all students with a university email address for free through the iTunes store and the Google Play store. For more information about Rave Guardian visit ready.gmu.edu.
Your Right to Know – The Clery Act
Mason Police keeps the Mason community informed of crimes, threats, and emergencies on campus in compliance with the federal law known as the Clery Act.
For more information, please visit the Clery Act Reporting page.
Police Cadet Program
In addition to full-time sworn police officers, Mason Police also employs student police cadets to support the University and the mission of Mason Police. Police cadets staff the escort service, perform security patrols, and supplement sworn police officers at special events on the Fairfax Campus. Police cadets are part-time student employees who perform their duties under supervision of Mason Police.
For more information, please visit the Police Cadet Program page.
In addition to full-time sworn police officers, Mason Police also employs security officers to support the University and the mission of Mason Police. Security officers are non-sworn employees who patrol the Fairfax, Arlington, and Science and Technology Campuses on foot, and provide security in the buildings 24 hours a day. Security officers are the eyes and ears of Mason Police and perform building lock-downs, unlocks, fire watches, and safety escorts. Our goal is to provide exceptional security services with professionalism, compassion, and dignity, while dedicated to excellent customer service and a safe and secure campus.
All officers receive over eighty hours of training including CPR/AED certification and are certified Campus Security Officers by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice.
For security service requests, please contact the Security Operations Manager, TJ Juris at (703) 993-6166 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criminal Trespass Warnings and Reporting Suspicious Behavior
Extensive efforts are made to create a campus environment that fosters personal safety and property security for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Members of the university community are urged to immediately advise Mason Police of any criminal action or suspicious behavior. Criminal trespass warnings can be issued to suspicious persons and those who violate laws. Anyone returning to a Mason campus after being issued a trespass warning is subject to arrest. Please call (703) 993-2810 to report any suspicious activity.
Crime Prevention Officer
A full-time Mason Police officer serves as a crime prevention officer, and conducts orientation sessions for new students, new employees, housing coordinators, and resident assistants on safety procedures and alcohol and drug awareness. Throughout the year, this officer and other police representatives are available to speak to interested groups of students, faculty, and staff on topics including sexual assault, dating safety, theft prevention, personal security, victim services, and alcohol and drug awareness.
For more information about Crime Prevention, contact Officer Ryan Grant.
Theft Prevention and Resources
Report It – Online Tool for Registering Valuables
- Mason Police encourages community members to register their valuables online at reportit.leadsonline.com. This free service, operated by LeadsOnline, allows users to securely store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so that items may be more easily identified in the event of theft or loss.
Bicycle Theft Prevention
- Mason Police is committed to keeping our campus safe and secure. To do so, the Bicycle Theft Prevention guide has been created to provide you with helpful tips on how to keep your bike safe.
Identity Theft Prevention
- Mason Police reminds faculty, staff, students and visitors to protect their identity. Identity theft is a growing problem in America. Mason Police officers are trained to handle incidents of identity theft. Contact Mason Police immediately for crimes occurring on University property. For tips on what to do if you think you may be a victim of ID theft, please visit Fairfax County’s Consumer Services Division website.
Crime Victim and Witness Assistance
The Crime Victim and Witness Assistance program is designed to help students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus who become victims of crime. This help includes assisting victims and witnesses who need to report crimes, preparing them to testify against accused persons, escorting them to any and all court appearances, preparing status reports on cases, regaining property used as evidence during a trial, getting compensation for losses, and assisting with academic intervention as necessary. Mason Police has personnel trained in counseling victims and witnesses of crime. Please call (703) 993-2810 for assistance.
Police Officer Ride-Along Program
- The Police Officer Ride-Along Program allows members of the Mason community to accompany sworn Mason Police officers during their tour of duty. The Police Officer Ride-Along Program serves as a mechanism for community members to personally observe patrol operations and enhance transparency between sworn police officers and members of the Mason community.
- If you are interested in a ride-along, please submit a Police Officer Ride-Along Program Application found on the Forms page.
Police Cadet Ride-Along Program
- The Police Cadet Ride-Along Program allows Mason students to accompany non-sworn Police Cadets during their tour of duty. The Police Cadet Ride-Along Program serves as a mechanism for prospective police cadets to observe cadets performing a wide range of duties, including patrolling University property, traffic control, safety escorts, building locks and unlocks, and more.
- If you are interested in a ride-along, please submit a Police Cadet Ride-Along Program Application found on the Forms page.
Active Threat Training
Active threat training is offered at the Police and Public Safety Headquarters building. Members of the campus community needing to schedule a class may contact Lt. Keith Jochem. Information about what to do during an active threat incident is available at https://ready.gmu.edu/active-threat-response/.
Upon request, Mason police officers, security officers, or student cadets will accompany members of the Fairfax, Arlington, and Science and Technology Campuses between academic or residence buildings and parking lots. Safety escorts carry photo IDs at all times. They also carry flashlights, wear reflective clothing, and maintain communication with a communications officer via two-way radio. To request a safety escort, please call Mason Police at (703) 993-2810 and have a form of identification available to show the responding officer or cadet. If you are in need of an escort due to physical injury, please contact Parking and Transportation at (703) 993-2828 or email@example.com.
Release of Records
The Records Office is the main repository of information for criminal incidents and all reportable motor vehicle accident reports. The Records Office is also the first point of contact for citizens and visitors to Police Headquarters who are seeking information. The staff of the Records Office maintain the vital documentation of incident reports and provide valuable assistance to the public.
Please visit the Central Records page for more information.
Special Events Staffing
Mason Police has the sole responsibility for providing police and security functions on Mason’s campuses. Police and security needs must be discussed with the Special Events Officer at least two weeks before the scheduled event. Failure to consult with Mason Police may result in an event cancellation. To begin a consultation with the Special Events Officer, please visit the Special Events Staffing page. We will evaluate your event and determine staffing of safety personnel based on the details provided.
The Key Control Office provides a key dissemination and lock maintenance service to the Mason community. Lock shop service fees for non-routine work are charged automatically via schooldude.
Please visit the Key Control Office page for more information.
Mason Police values creating and maintaining collaborative partnerships with members of the Mason community. Mason Police regularly participates in a variety of community events, including:
- Coffee with a Cop
- Game days at the Corner Pocket
- Safety presentations for registered student organizations (RSOs)
- Weekly information kiosk at Johnson Center
- Move-in Day
- Mason Day
- Bike to Mason Day
- IVth Night Carnival
- Capital Pride parade
- City of Fairfax Independence Day Parade
- Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics
- Santa Cop
- and more
To request a collaboration with Mason Police, please contact the Community Outreach Coordinator, Officer Ryan Grant.
Lost and Found
Mason Police accepts limited types of lost or abandoned property at Police and Safety Headquarters in compliance with University Policy 1136 and Code of Virginia §23.1-104. Police and Safety Headquarters is located at 4393 University Drive, Fairfax, next to the Rappahannock Parking garage.
Mason Police WILL accept the following items:
- Wallets and Purses
- Passports and Government Issued Identifications
- Laptops and Mobile Devices valued at $500 or greater
- Items of significant/high value (over $500)
- Other high value or sensitive items may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
Lost and found items, which are accepted by the Police Department, either turned in by a member of the community or found by an officer, are logged in on a daily basis and are stored at the Fairfax Campus Police & Safety Headquarters for 120 days. After 120 days the items and their contents are donated to local charity or destroyed, in accordance with University policy and Virginia law. In order to claim a lost item, you must bring a photo identification card and make an appointment with the Evidence Custodian by calling 703-993-2975.
Other Lost & Found centers on the Fairfax Campus can be found at the Johnson Center Information Desk, Student Union Building & HUB Information Desks, Parking & Transportation Office, Athletic Facilities, Eagle Bank Arena Guest Services, etc.
Mason Police will NOT accept the following items:
- Eyeglasses: These can be donated to Lions Club.
- Clothing: These can be donated to Goodwill or Salvation Army drop-off locations.
- Books: Textbooks or library books should be returned to the bookstore or Fenwick Library.
- Mason ID Cards: These should be turned over to the Mason Card Office.
- Water Bottles, Lunch Boxes, and Food Containers
- Vehicle Keys, Umbrellas, Skateboards, Scooters, Backpacks, Notebooks, Ear Buds, Charging Devices, Calculators, etc.
Upon request, Mason police officers, security officers, or student cadets will provide access to rooms and buildings to authorized individuals. To request an unlock, please call Mason Police at (703) 993-2810 and have a form of identification available to show the responding officer or cadet.
Mason Police provides fingerprinting services for George Mason University students, faculty and staff, and the general public.
- Monday – Friday 8:30am -4:00pm.
- There is a suggested $10 fingerprinting donation applicable to all persons requesting fingerprinting services without a valid GMU ID.
- Payable by cash, check, or money order.
- Persons requesting the service must bring a legal form of photo ID.
- If fingerprint services are at the request of a current or future employer, you must bring the fingerprint cards that your employer provides you with.
- Please be sure to wear a face covering due to the close contact nature of the service.
Mason Police employs numerous liaison officers to enhance relationships between Mason Police and the communities we serve, including LGBTQ+, Greek Life, Mason Life, and Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. If you would like to establish a new liaison relationship with Mason Police, please contact the Community Outreach Coordinator, Officer Ryan Grant.
Van Driver Familiarization Class
Mason Police facilitates the required training and familiarization course for 11-15 passenger vans. For more information, please visit the Van Driver Familiarization Class page.