Criminal Justice Major Casey McCauley Also Receives Scholarship

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UMass Lowell Police Chief Randolph Brashears, left, poses with MACLEA award-winning officers from left, William Emmons, Jeffrey Connors, Ryan Cassidy and Samantha Duran.

By Ed Brennen

Four members of the UMass Lowell Police Department were recently recognized for their outstanding work by the Massachusetts Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Officers Ryan Cassidy, Samantha Duran, Jeffrey Connors and William Emmons were among 33 campus police officers and administrators from across the state who were recognized at the organization’s annual awards and scholarship ceremony, held at Boston College.

Casey McCauley, a sophomore criminal justice major from Melrose, Massachusetts, also received a John M. King Scholarship for Advancement and Education. McCauley’s mother, Mary, is deputy chief of the Tufts University Police Department.

Cassidy and Duran received a Life Saving Award, which recognizes officers who go above and beyond their law enforcement responsibilities in rendering care to a citizen or a member of their agency in need of medical attention. Last June, Cassidy and Duran responded to a student who was experiencing a mental health crisis. The officers were able to have the student transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Connors and Emmons received the Sean Collier Award, which recognizes a strong commitment to the community and the development of community policing programs.

Officers and administrators from Babson College, Bentley University, Holy Cross, Lasell University, MIT, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Worcester State University were also honored.

Led by Police Chief Randolph Brashears, the UMLPD has 30 officers who provide patrol, investigation and emergency response, as well as crime prevention and educational services, to the campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  

Brashears commended the work of the award-winning officers, as well as the “colleagues, dispatchers and support staff who assisted them.”

“UMass Lowell was well-represented once again at the ceremony,” Brashears said.

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Steven O’Riordan congratulated Brashears for “the leadership and example that you, your command team and the entire force show every day.”