Aran Mull

Expert on student self-defense training oversees patrol and investigative functions of University Police Department

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Aran Mull

Deputy Chief
University at Albany
Department: University Police Department

Community relations; personal safety; self-defense training; policing; criminal justice

Campus phone: (518) 442-3130
Campus email: [email protected]


Aran Mull has been a member of the University Police since 1989 working in New York City, Long Island and, since 1994, the University at Albany. He has served as a patrol officer, lieutenant, captain and currently, as deputy chief for the department. Throughout his career he has been active in department programming and policy and instruction initiatives, as well as event management.

Mull recently advised the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on the issue of transgender bathroom rights and public safety. He consulted with law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., finding that “there is no evidence that non-discrimination protections have caused any harm in the 18 states, the District of Columbia or (the) well over 200 municipalities that have adopted such protections. To the contrary, the experience of law enforcement indicates that such protections actually enhance public safety.”

As chief firearms instructor Mull developed and managed the department’s transition from revolvers to Glock semi-automatic duty weapons. As a programming officer, he served as the University’s first RAD (The Rape Aggression Defense System) instructor, developed the department’s orientation training for new students and was active in the development of the Men REACH program, as well as numerous other University programming initiatives.

Mull managed the department’s transition from paper-based reporting to computer-based reporting and developed a department web site that allows the public transparent access to department activity.

As a special events coordinator he has assumed increased responsibility for special events on campus, managing the police and security functions for the live Hardball event with Senator Hillary Clinton, the annual N.Y. Giants Summer Camp, and commencement exercises, among many others.

As the deputy chief, Mull oversees all patrol and investigative functions.