Chief of Police RaShall Brackney

Chief RaShall Brackney photo

RaShall M. Brackney joined the George Washington University Police Department (GWPD) in June 2015 as Chief of Police and provides leadership for and management of GWPD’s functions and operations.

She is a 30-year veteran of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. As commander in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Ms. Brackney oversaw the Major Crimes Division within the Investigations Branch and was a liaison to several of the colleges and university police departments within her operations area. Throughout her 15-year tenure as a commander, she had been responsible for overseeing the operations of the Pittsburgh Municipal Court building, Uniform Crime Reports to the FBI, prisoner identification and processing, criminal records and criminal history expungements. She also had managed the Special Deployment Division, including the SWAT team, mounted patrol, accident investigation, hostage negotiations, river rescue, special events, traffic division, tow pound and the bomb squad.

Chief Brackney received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and is pursuing her doctorate in instructional management and leadership at Robert Morris University. Additionally, she has received numerous letters of recognition for her service and commitment to the community, including Omega Psi Phi Citizen of the Year Award, Carnegie Mellon University’s Otto A. Davis Award for racial/social justice, Alliance for Police Accountability’s Community Police Officer of the Year Award and the Northside Coalition for Fair Housing’s 2014 Peace Stepper Award.