Eric Reed, Master Police Officer at Georgetown University Police Department

“Georgetown is a relatively safe school. However, we are an open campus so things can definitely happen that we may not expect. Within the first 6 months of my time here, we had the armed robbery suspect that my team had to apprehend. One of the Georgetown students left the business school and was on his way to the Leavey center to get some coffee when he was approached by 2 individuals. The student was held at gunpoint and the individuals demanded credit cards, money, phone, everything… I was the initial officer that took the report. We sent out the Hoya alert email to all students. The next afternoon, I got a tip from a student that the suspect was right outside of the Credit Union wearing the same clothes. So we had officers wear plain clothes and approach him with caution.. Once we were able to get the innocent bystanders out of the way, the officers approached the subject and got him in custody at which point they recovered a loaded firearm.The most important thing is that no one gets hurt. This kind of situation is not very common but these things do happen every once in a while and we have to always be ready. That’s why I love this job. Yes we are in uniform, yes we have a badge on, and yes people think that we look grumpy sometimes. But deep down we really just want to keep the students safe.”

Saying Farewell to Anthony “Tracy” Smith, Crosswalk at Georgetown University

“I believe that God will always put you where you need to be. 12 years ago, my father got killed in a crosswalk.. he was just a pedestrian. …I do this job for [my father]… this is where I need to be – keeping everybody safe. And just knowing that gives me more energy and a brighter smile.”

Saying goodbye to one of our #unsungheroes – Anthony “Tracy” Smith. Thank you for keeping all of us safe throughout your time at Georgetown University. Special thanks to the students that participated in this project!

Trevor Benjamin, Security Guard at Georgetown University Lauinger Library

“Throughout the years that I’ve worked here, I’ve noticed that time management and procrastination are two things that a lot of students struggle with. They push off the work, then they get backed up, then they rush to finish it, but by then it becomes a crisis.. I’ve seen students stay up all night and get depressed because of the workload. Working as a guard in the library, I’ve seen it right in front of my eyes… Personally, I also need to sleep more.. I need more “me” time. Sometimes I cut myself off from everyone else, turn off the phone and just pray & meditate. I need to work on myself. I feel bad about it sometimes because naturally I’m not a selfish person but because of the lack of sleep, I struggle with eating right and I haven’t been exercising as I used to. But I’m trying to get into yoga and change my diet.. Trying to take the right steps.”