University at Albany

Excellence in Support Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four staff members received this tribute in 2005 for Excellence in Support Service.

Aran MullAran MullUniversity Police Department

Lieutenant Aran Mull began his career at the University at Albany in 1995, as a patrol officer for UPD. He quickly distinguished himself by becoming involved with major community outreach programs, such as developing and implementing the Rape Aggression Defense self-defense program and A Few Good Men, a date rape prevention program aimed at fraternity groups. In each case, Mull not only developed the training, but also delivered it. Mull also delivered various safety training sessions to wide segments of the University community— incoming freshmen, international students, members of student government, and University faculty and staff. His training expertise was also well used in his own department, as he developed and implemented firearms and self-defense spray training programs for University police officers.

Mull's expertise and initiative extend well beyond training and field work. He has been absolutely instrumental in developing UPD's Incident Tracking System — a proprietary database which allows police officers to enter reports electronically, and converts the initial report to meet reporting requirements for New York State. The Incident Tracking System has eliminated the necessity for data entry of police officers' handwritten reports into two separate reporting systems.

Mull is also responsible for security, special events, and all UPD expenditures associated with the New York Giants' Summer Training Camp, a large and difficult undertaking which Mull performs with his usual diligence.

Doug Kern, deputy chief of police for UPD, notes: "... Mr. Mull is a one-person revolution for positive and innovative change in the University Police Department and in the greater University community. He doesn't meet standards of excellence. He sets them."

Excellence in Support Service

Aran Mull Kathleen Rose Karen Silinksky Jayne Silver
Aran Mull
Kathleen Rose

Jayne Silver

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