University Announces Resignation of GWPD Chief of Police

Commander Bessie Burrus to serve as interim chief.

January 08, 2018
Bessie Burrus
Bessie Burrus

On Monday, Darrell Darnell, senior associate vice president for safety and security, announced the resignation of RaShall Brackney, chief of police for the George Washington University Police Department (GWPD), effective Jan. 18.

Commander Bessie Burrus, who has served GW for more than 29 years, was named the interim chief of police, effective immediately.

“I thank Dr. Brackney for her service to the George Washington University Police Department. Under the leadership of Interim Chief Burrus, GWPD will continue to provide excellent safety and security to our campus community,” Mr. Darnell said.

Mr. Darnell will be working closely with GWPD evaluating the needs of the department before initiating a search for additional leadership.

GWPD provides residential hall security and patrol services to the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses and oversees security at the VSTC campus. The department also coordinates safety and security for a variety of on-campus special events, including Commencement, Colonials Weekend and visits by dignitaries. In addition to those roles and responsibilities, GWPD provides crime prevention education to the GW community.


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