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The University of Mary Washington’s campus police force has a new top officer.

Michael Hall, who has been with the force for five years and served as interim police chief since February, was appointed to the position Tuesday.

Before coming to UMW, Hall was an officer with the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police.

2014 marks 31 years in law enforcement for Hall.

As police chief, Hall will oversee the 15-officer department, which has jurisdiction on all UMW properties. In Fredericksburg that extends from Eagle Village to campus and the Battlegrounds Athletics Complex in Hanover Street, as well as UMW-owned properties and parking lots throughout the College Heights neighborhood.

The department also polices at UMW’s Stafford and Dahlgren locations.

The position has been vacant since former chief Eddie Perry stepped down earlier this year.

Perry held the job since 2010.

Hall said he has a vision for the department to become more proactive than reactive, as he felt it has been in recent years.

“I’m excited about the challenge and looking forward to working with the community, on campus and the surrounding areas. I want to earn the respect and trust of the community so they feel safe calling activity in,” he said.

Hall is a proponent of community policing.

“They have a lot of eyes together in the community and can help us by reaching out,” he said.

Hall said he also has a duty to educate students in his job as chief of police.

He said that in college, between secondary education and the real-world, his department can help provide students with practical knowledge and skills.

“I want to give them all the tools they need in their toolbox to be successful,” he said.

Lindley Estes: 540/735-1976