UPD to operate from Academic Center starting next week

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The University Police Department will operate out of the Academic Center starting next week, after 20 years in the Woodhull House. Hatchet File Photo

The University Police Department will begin operating out of the Academic Center next week, more than a year after the initial announcement of the move.

The switch in headquarters will centralize offices within the Office of Safety and Security, including the Office of Emergency Management and Office of Health and Safety. They will move to Phillips Hall Aug. 14, and UPD will shift into connected Rome Hall the next day, according to a Campus Advisory released Thursday.

University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said UPD’s operations would not be affected by the move out of the Woodhull House at 21st and G streets and into the Academic Center at 22nd and H streets.

“There will not be any degradation in capability to dispatch officers, monitor alarm systems or respond to emergency calls, and it will be a seamless transition to [the Academic Center],” Sherrard said in an email.

The relocation makes way for the GW Museum, a $22 million project approved by the D.C. Zoning Commission in May that will connect the Woodhull House with a new building made of limestone, creating a home for the Textile Museum and D.C. artifacts.

The move was scheduled to take place last summer, but plans were postponed until the Division of Information Technology – formerly housed in the Academic Center – could shift into leased space at 21st and M streets.

UPD Chief Kevin Hay said in April that the new headquarters will feature additional computers for dispatch and an upgraded hand-held radio system. Six officers told The Hatchet in February that radio equipment used to call for back-up was faulty to the point of uselessness. Hay has stressed that the equipment upgrade is not due to dysfunction.

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