Longtime campus police dispatcher dies at 64

University Police Department officer Hope Williams, who worked at GW for 25 years, died last month. She was 64 years old.

Williams, who lived in Suitland, Md., died on Oct. 27, the Washington Post reported.

UPD Chief Kevin Hay said the campus “mourns the loss” of Williams.

“When officers on patrol had to handle a difficult incident, Hope was the calming voice on the radio helping them resolve the situation,” he said. “She will be missed by many in both GWPD and the GW community.”

Members of the police department attended Williams’ funeral on Nov. 4, which included the UPD Honor Guard.

Williams was born in Portsmouth, Va., where she attended public school, according to her obituary.

Her granddaughter, Daisha Watson, said Williams loved to travel, and would often bring her grandchildren together for family dinners.

Watson said one of her favorite memories with her grandmother was her college graduation.

“I remember how excited she was because she did not go to college,” Watson said.

She added that Williams was a dedicated worker at UPD who brought “positive energy” to the group.

“She was just an all-around great person, and she would come to work even when she was sick,” she said. “She enjoyed her job.”

Williams regularly attended services at the Holy Comforter St. Cyprian Roman Catholic Church, where she was an involved member of the community.

Before beginning her job at UPD, Williams worked at Mead Data Central.

The GW EMeRG Facebook page wrote a post about Williams’ death after her funeral.

“Over her 25 years at GWPD, Hope became a motherly figure to many EMeRG members and will be sorely missed; rest in peace, we will take it from here,” the post read.

She is survived by her son, Joseph D. Williams, sister, B. Jacqueline Williams, four granddaughters, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, two nieces and two nephews.

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