As the university’s first female police chief, Perez will oversee all GUPD staff, programs and services to create a safe and secure environment for students, faculty and staff. GUPD provides security and police services on the university’s main and medical center campuses, as well as on off campus properties. Its officers, who are a commissioned special police vested through the DC Metropolitan Police Department, patrol campus 24/7.
Perez most recently served as the assistant chief of police for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, one of three entities that serve the Federal Reserve System. She also led the Bowie Police Department as its first ever chief of police, served as chief of police for the City of District Heights, Maryland, and as police captain of the Hartford Police Department for 20 years.
“I am very excited about becoming part of the Georgetown community,” she says. “I am a 40-plus-year public servant who truly believes in partnerships. I have learned and experienced how truly amazing a group of dedicated and motivated people can be in a community, and I hope to bring that philosophy to Georgetown.”
Perez first became interested in policing at age 14, when she joined the Police Explorers program in her hometown of Hartford, Connecticut, which paired young adults interested in law enforcement with volunteer police officers.
“It was a program that taught more than law enforcement, it taught kids life skills that would benefit them in any career. I knew then that I wanted to be just like them,” she said. Perez later created the same program at the Bowie Police Department, offering young adults the same hands-on training she received.
Perez also served four years in the Army National Guard, and obtained her bachelor’s and then master’s in political science and public administration from Trinity College while serving as captain of the Hartford Police Department.
Learn more about Perez’s path to law enforcement, her plans for her new role and what she wants students to know about GUPD.