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About the Department

VCU is home to one of the largest university police departments in the country, with 99 sworn officers, more than 200 security personnel, an on-campus dispatch center and an accredited training academy.

Collaboration, partnerships and problem-solving are essential to public safety at VCU. The VCU Police Department works closely with local and federal law enforcement entities to create a safe learning and working environment for students, faculty and staff.

You will see VCU police officers on the Monroe Park Campus, on the MCV campus and at the VCU Medical Center. We are here to protect and serve the VCU community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the VCU Police Department is to provide a safe and secure learning, living and working environment for the students, faculty, staff and visitors of Virginia Commonwealth University.

This will be accomplished through the development of various community-based crime prevention strategies and initiatives in conjunction with traditional law enforcement and progressive community policing practices. All members of the department will provide the highest levels of courtesy and customer service to the community.

VCU Police Divisions

Division of Emergency Management

VCU’s Division of Emergency Management works with the VCU community and regional partners to ensure the university is prepared for emergencies and disasters of all types. This office creates the University’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, among many other planning documents, in addition to providing planning support to individual units and departments within the university. To test emergency plans and increase university preparedness, this office conducts regular training and exercises. The Division of Emergency Preparedness also manages VCU’s emergency notification and warning systems, VCU’s Incident Coordination Team, and the Emergency Operations Center.

Division of Investigations

The Investigations division is responsible for the investigation of all criminal offenses, internal investigations and plain-clothes operations. Specifically, detectives and members of Power Shift investigate all serious criminal offenses.

Division of Patrol Operations

The Division of Patrol Operations is staffed by 61 police officers and 12 supervisors who patrol each campus with marked and unmarked police cars, bicycles and on foot; respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents; offer crime prevention services and provide traffic control and enforcement.