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GGC hires first student to police force

Hassaan Hashmi, 22, a Lawrenceville resident, has joined the college’s Office of Public Safety as the first GGC police academy graduate to serve as a campus police officer. (Special Photo)

Hassaan Hashmi, 22, a Lawrenceville resident, has joined the college’s Office of Public Safety as the first GGC police academy graduate to serve as a campus police officer. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — A Georgia Gwinnett College student with plans to pursue a career in law enforcement has received his start.

Hassaan Hashmi, 22, a Lawrenceville resident, has joined the college’s Office of Public Safety as the first GGC police academy graduate to serve as a campus police officer.

“It’s a great honor,” Hashmi said in a news release.

Hashmi, who started at GGC in 2009, noted how much the institution has grown, as it currently boasts nearly 10,000 students.

Part of Hasmi’s job is to patrol campus, provide police escorts to students and faculty and identify and prevent crimes that happen on campus.

“Officer Hashmi will certainly be the first of many, but this is a historical moment for us, and a distinction of which he can be proud for the rest of his career,” Chief Terrance Schneider said.

Hashmi’s career aspirations are to join a federal law enforcement agency, and he credits classes such as ethics in criminal justice, community policing and American police systems with preparing him for a career in law enforcement.

“The knowledge I gained in these courses, and working with GGC’s Office of Public Safety as a student assistant, vastly expanded my knowledge in the area of public safety and encouraged me to pursue a career in this field,” Hashmi said.