The George Washington University is seeking feedback from the university community as it advances in implementation planning to arm specially trained GW Police Department supervisory officers as part of a holistic approach to enhancing public safety.
Among the considerations for arming implementation planning are: enhancing policies, such as use of force; reviewing and enhancing training; implementing additional requirements for armed officers; increasing feedback mechanisms; and enhancing accountability, including through an Independent Review Committee.
At the same time, the university is working to enhance public safety broadly on its campuses, including by evaluating its response to mental health concerns, examining building security, assessing opportunities for active shooter response training, and reviewing its emergency notifications system.
“As we progress with our implementation planning, we are eager to continue to hear from students, faculty, and staff regarding their reactions and suggestions. Comments already received have proven extremely helpful; we look forward to hearing more as we work to support safety on our campuses,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer Sharon Reich Paulsen.
More information on implementation planning is available on the GWPD website. Members of the GW community are encouraged to share feedback by June 23.