Special Event Coverage

The VCU Police Department provides coverage for special events on VCU’s campuses. There are two types of coverage: police and security. Police coverage is provided by VCU Police department and is defined by uniformed officers carrying police weapons. Security coverage is provided by contracted G4S Security officers and is defined by uniformed unarmed officers. There is a place at the top of the request form to choose Police or Security coverage. VCU Police will ultimately make the final decision whether police or security is required at an event. All requests for special events coverage should be submitted a minimum of seven days prior to the event. If the request is not submitted within the required seven days, the VCU Police Department is unable to guarantee that an officer will be available. For events with alcohol present, police officer coverage is mandatory, per university policy. Please check with the building manager of your requested location to see if police or security officers are appropriate for your event. Event cancellations should be made at least 3 days prior to the event to avoid a charge. The Event Request and Cancellation Request forms can be found below.

To request event coverage, complete the form below in its entirety. Please check the box for Police or Security Requests at the top of the form. Please estimate the number of officers needed for your event. Once we have reviewed your request, an assessment may cause an increase or decrease in the number of officers assigned. You will be responsible for all charges incurred. For events requiring police coverage, the cost is $36.00 per hour with a mandatory minimum of 3 hours for coverage. For events requiring security coverage, the cost is $18.35 per hour with a mandatory minimum of 2 hours for coverage. If you submit a request less than 48 hours prior to the event, the cost increases to $24.00 per hour.

Once you submit your event request or event cancellation form, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation of your request. Please direct any questions or concerns to Jennifer Brown at jmbrown@vcu.edu or (804) 828-8387.