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New Police Chief Takes the Helm at George Washington University
Kevin Hay Will Lead Police and Security Officers to Enhance Safety and Security
August 16, 2010
WASHINGTON—Kevin Hay, a veteran federal law enforcement professional, has been named chief of the George Washington University Police Department (GWPD). Mr. Hay will provide overall direction, leadership and management of the functions and operations of GWPD. The University police department comprises 175 employees, including 150 uniformed special police officers and security officers licensed by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.
"As George Washington University's police chief, Kevin Hay will provide a strong vision for enhancing safety and security on our campuses," said Darrell Darnell, senior associate vice president for safety and security. "Kevin's tremendous leadership abilities, his strong relationships with law enforcement agencies in the Washington, D.C.-area and his dedication to protecting our community uniquely qualify him to lead the GW Police Department."
Mr. Hay most recently served as deputy chief of the United States Park Police, managing its Homeland Security Division. He led 300 sworn officers in Washington, D.C. and New York City to protect national landmarks such as the Washington Monument, the National Mall and the Statue of Liberty. Mr. Hay has served for 26 years with the U.S. Park Police, rising through the ranks from sergeant to deputy chief.
“I am deeply honored to be selected to lead George Washington’s police department,” said Mr. Hay. “My goal is to find any and all methods to increase safety and to engage neighbors to work together to increase the level of safety on campus.”
At George Washington, Mr. Hay will oversee campus police programs designed to maintain and improve safety and security. GWPD provides police and security services for the University’s Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses in the Northwest section of Washington, D.C., patrolling the campuses 24 hours a day and seven days a week and enforcing local laws and University regulations. The department also provides security services for campus special events and provides transportation escort services for GW students.
Mr. Hay will assume his new position on September 7.
He earned his associate of arts from Richard Bland College (College of William & Mary), B.S. degree in recreation administration from Radford University and master’s in public administration from the University of San Francisco. He also is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy in Quantico, Va.
In the heart of the nation’s capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The University offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.
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