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Welcome to Virginia Commonwealth University


VCU is a diverse, urban research university with students, faculty and staff from around the world. Every day, VCU Police Department officers, dispatchers, security officers and civilian staff are working toward a common goal: making individuals feel confident in their ability to live, learn and work at VCU without fear.

The VCU Police department is committed to facilitating and maintaining an open, inclusive environment in which individuals can thrive. Everyone with good intentions is welcome here. VCU is truly an environment in which everyone belongs.

With one of the largest university police departments in the country, it is our responsibility to offer the highest level of law enforcement services in the United States. Simply put, we strive to keep VCU one of the safest universities in America.

Once a year we issue a perception of safety survey to gauge how safe people feel on VCU’s campuses. In spring 2017, 96.3% of students, faculty and staff surveyed reported feeling “safe” or “very safe” on both campuses. Using survey results, we improve our operations and use suggestions from the community to address safety concerns promptly.

Our department values two-way communication with the community and we welcome your thoughts and ideas for improving safety on our campuses. Partnerships are key to our success; we are willing to work with any group of students, faculty and staff on safety initiatives and partnership opportunities.

Safety at VCU is everyone’s responsibility. We want to give you the knowledge and tools you need to take an active role in your safety here and for the rest of your life. VCU has a comprehensive alerting system for emergencies; we encourage everyone to sign up for VCU Alert texts. We also encourage everyone to download the free LiveSafe app. You can use it to send us crime tips, or report anything suspicious, by texting or sending videos, photos and audio messages.

We want to assure our community that VCU Police officers take all threats and reports of violence very seriously. The university prohibits all forms of violence, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to meet with us at any time should they feel their personal safety, or the university, is at risk.

The VCU community has more than 50,000 students, faculty and staff members. It takes 50,000 pairs of eyes and ears to inform police about what is happening at VCU. We cannot do it alone and we need you to make safety a priority. Thank you for continuing to collaborate with us to keep our campuses safe.



VCU Police Chief John Venuti