GUPD Sexual Assault Response Team
What is the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)?
The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) is a team of specially trained Police Officers within the Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD). These officers work together with the common goal of providing a community coordinated response to reports of sexual assault. Working in coordination with University partners, SART strives to respond to survivors with professionalism, compassion, and empathy, while providing both on-campus and off-campus resources and ensuring that each survivor gains a solid understanding of all options moving forward and is fully supported throughout their process.
Contact A SART Officer
Email: SART@georgetown.edu. Please note that email is not monitored in real time, if this is an emergency please call the Georgetown University Police number listed below.
Phone: 202-687-4343. When calling ask to be connected to Officer Floyd.
Essential Services that a SART Officer Can Assist With
- No-Contact Orders – banning contact between two members of Georgetown University
- Barring Notices – banning an individual from Georgetown University, when appropriate
- Guidance on how to Obtain Protection Orders; GUPD may not issue protection orders as they are issued by a judge via the Domestic Violence Intake Centers. Survivors who wish to seek a protective order should consider taking steps to preserve evidence, as it may be necessary to establish the proof of criminal domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking.
Who We Are
My name is Joyce Pearson, I am the 3rd Squad Police Sergeant for the Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) and the SART Coordinator for the GUPD Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). I’m a Florida native, with 15 years of Law Enforcement experience and a Criminal Justice Degree. I joined The Georgetown Police Department February, 2020. My team is responsible for responding to all sexual misconduct incidents that are reported to GUPD.
After fifteen years in law enforcement, I have come to learn that my passion is deeply rooted in a desire to help. I was shocked when I read the article about the black survivors at Georgetown, and in that moment, I was reminded how important representation is. Helping people is the number one reason I became a law enforcement officer. This is who I am. It is not about press releases or political gain. I am here doing my part to help one student, one officer, one survivor and one community at a time.
Changing the status quo on how crimes are reported and responded to is necessary and it will take all of us listening, working, and leading together. My appointment here could not have come at a better time. I am here to serve those who are in need of support, guidance, and most importantly, justice. Our community deserves a commitment to safety, and the Sexual Assault Response Team strives to deliver on that commitment.
Hi, my name is Officer Janelle Clark. I have been with the Georgetown University Police Department for 3 years. I became a member of SART almost immediately upon starting with the department and am very passionate about the work that we do. I work a varied schedule, but am here primarily during the day and evening hours. I am originally from Pennsylvania and moved to DC to attend American University, where I obtained my MS in Justice, Law, and Society.
Officer Ricapito (Asst. SART Coordinator)
Hello! My name is Officer Evan Ricapito, I am the Assistant Coordinator for the Georgetown University Police Department’s Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). I have been with the department since 2018, and joined SART shortly after starting. I am a graduate of George Mason University in Virginia, where I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. I have a background in Emergency Medical Services and Security/Loss Prevention. My pronouns are he/him/his.
Sexual assault and misconduct have a profound impact on the life of the survivor. The choice to report one’s experience can be difficult, emotional, and intimidating. It is critical that when survivors report their experiences, they are met with compassion, understanding, and are offered assistance in navigating the many options and resources that are available to them. I joined SART because I want to support our survivors as they work through this important process.
If you are reading this, and are still unsure if you should report, I would like to take a moment and tell you this: We can help you. You do not have to go through this alone. We have access to a wide range of resources and can answer any questions you may have about the criminal/student justice system(s). No matter who you are, we will treat you with respect and kindness. There is power in having your experience heard, and we want to listen.
Communications Officer Cannady
My name is Communications Officer Sean B. Cannady and although I am a newcomer to SART, I am a 10 year veteran of the Georgetown University Police Department, spending the last 8 a Communications Officer on the evening shift. I have been married to my wife, Nicole, for 21 years, after meeting in college in 1993. We have 2 children…son Rashan, 17 years of age and a high school senior, and daughter Kaiyah, 13 years of age and in the 8th grade. I am also an accomplished percussionist/pianist, performing many genres of music. I not only majored in Music Education/Gospel Studies, but from 1995-1999 I served as Asst. Band Director for Calvin Coolidge Sr. High School in Washington, D.C., my Alma Mater. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, watching sports, listening to music, and performing for various churches and music groups throughout the Washington, D.C. area.
I joined SART because I believe that all survivors deserve to have an advocate for them, while reminding everyone that it’s not their fault, nor is it okay for anyone to feel violated. Their lives also matter, and the more that we continue to drive that message home, the hope is that more and more survivors will have the courage to come forward so that we can provide comfort and a safe haven, while addressing the problem(s) and subsequently assist with the healing process with empathy, compassion, and understanding.
My name is Officer Yahaira Hurtado and I have been with Georgetown University Police Department since January 2016. I currently work the midnight shift. I joined the sexual response team because I want to help, provide resources and positively shift a survivor’s life. Overall, I love working in Washington D.C.
My name is Officer Meadows and I have been with GUPD since April 2016, working the evening shift. I have been a member of SART since joining GUPD. Prior to joining GUPD, I worked for the Metropolitan Police Department and was assigned to the Sixth District. I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Law & Society from American University.
Officer Alisha Richards began her career in campus law enforcement in 2012. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2014. During her career, she has received specialized training in crisis intervention and sexual assault response. She began working for Georgetown University Police Department in 2015 and shortly after joined the sexual assault response team.
My name is Officer A. Bagileo. I have been with Georgetown University Police Department for 16 months. I live in Maryland and have an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor degree in Sociology. I am also a part of the GUPD bike patrol team and CIT (Crisis Intervention Team).
Hello, my name is Officer Kristen Melaccio, I joined GUPD in December 2019. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from VCU and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University. In addition to working for the GUPD, I am a Virginia State Accredited Victim Advocate in both Loudoun County and Alexandria City and am a member of the National Organization for Victim Assistance and a Certified Forensic Experiential Trauma Interviewer.
I joined SART in order to empower, support, and provide resources to survivors of sexual assault. It is my hope that survivors will feel heard, safe, and in control while navigating throughout their process.