Mason Police are a fixture on campus, frequently seen roving the streets in white sedans marked with green and gold and standing guard by campus buildings.
The police cadets, who are students, are distinguished from them only by the miniature radios on their shoulders and the block letters on the backs of their beige shirts.
In the early hours of the morning on Aug. 30, two gunshots struck a car fleeing from the Fairfax campus after hitting a Mason police officer.
In the week that followed, the campus buzzed with discussion regarding the decision not to send out a Mason Alert and the discharge of a Mason police officer’s sidearm.
In the first two weeks of April, finalists for the chief of police at George Mason University met with students and held presentations about their vision for the future of the department.
Three finalists were selected to give presentations: Drew Tracy, who is currently serving as interim police chief, Larry Volz and Eric Heath.
Tracy was selected to fill in as interim chief after former chief Mike Lynch decided to switch roles at the department, but ultimately decided to retire. Lynch had been with the department for 13 years.
Mason student Adrian Aramayo makes a statement to the university task force about his interactions with university police. Aramayo was one of six speakers at the meeting. (Jake McLernon)
Student and Mason community member testimony will play a central role in an official university task force formed to seek input on “interactions and experiences” with the University Police Department, the Office of the President announced on April 6.
In an e-mail sent to students and other Mason community members, the office said that the task force had been formed so as to “foster a community where respect for all is the hallmark.”
A George Mason University Police Department and University Life forum was held on Tuesday and invited students to ask representatives whatever questions they wished. The forum, which was hosted by Student Body Presidential candidate Ally Bowers and Vice Presidential candidate Jacky Yoo, included speakers such as Sgt. Calvin Chandler, officer Michael Guston and Associate Dean of University Life Todd Rose.
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George Mason University announced on March 16 that they have dropped their charges against Abdirashid Dahir for alleged Abduction. The school plans to continue reviewing the case through their own Judicial Affairs process.
UPDATE 6:45 p.m.
Dahir told Connect2Mason that he is "really happy with how things have turned out in the end," and that "everyone at Mason really is great, this is just a small case of a few people messing up that exploded to something bigger than it should be."
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Rubi X. Chavez, a Mason graduate, demonstrates self-defense techniques against Lt. Kevin Barrett, an officer with the GMUPD, Tuesday Sept 28 at a gym on campus. She took a previous RAD class as a member of the GMUPD Police Cadet Program. (Antonieta Rico)
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