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A message from the Chief

Welcome to Virginia Commonwealth University. My officers and I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, city residents and business owners to keep VCU a safe and welcoming place to learn, live and work.

VCU is home to one of the largest university police departments in the country, with 92 sworn officers, more than 200 security personnel, and a 24-hour emergency dispatch center working around the clock to keep you safe. VCU police officers have full law enforcement authority on the Monroe Park Campus, the MCV Campus and at the VCU Health System. Our jurisdiction also extends several blocks into the communities surrounding our campuses.

Collaboration, partnerships and problem-solving are essential to safety at VCU. We work closely with the Richmond Police Department as well as state and federal partners to ensure safety. Our department values two way communication with the community and we always welcome your thoughts and ideas for improving safety on our campus.

The VCU Police Department will never miss an opportunity to inform, educate and involve members of this community. Safety at VCU is everyone’s responsibility and that’s why we want to give you the knowledge and tools you need to take an active role in your safety. This is a safe campus and we want you to feel safe here. In our most recent perception of safety survey, 94.6 percent of the VCU community said they feel “safe” or “very safe” on campus.

Please take a moment to add our contact information to your phone: call 828-1234 or text “VCUTip” and your message to CRIMES (274637.) Do not hesitate to contact me or the department should you ever need assistance.

New this year, VCU Police has brought theLiveSafe mobile app to campus. It is a powerful safety tool that can help keep you safe on our campuses. It allows you to easily share information about crimes or safety threats with your police department, and lets us share important information with you regarding ongoing threats, special events, or safety tips. Search for “LiveSafe” on your iOS or Android app store, download it, and start using it today!

I encourage everyone to visit our website—www.police.vcu.edu— and review the safety tips for students, parents and faculty/staff.

Also, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/VCUPD) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/VCUPD) for important safety information and up to the minute updates.

Remember: Theft is our most reported crime and it is 100% preventable! Never leave your valuables unattended.

Think safety and stay safe.





Rules for iPad Giveaway

  • Contest is open to current Virginia Commonwealth University students, faculty and staff in good standing, except those employed by the VCU Police Department and their families.
  • The 25,000th visitor, as defined by the 25,000th IP address to visit Chief Venuti's safety message webpage after 12:00 AM on August 23, 2013, will win a new iPad.
  • Each IP address is limited to one visit per day.
  • In order to claim the prize, the winner must print the pop-up notification and bring it to the VCU Police Department headquarters (938 W. Grace Street) OR record the winning code and call Jennifer Brown at 804-828-8387.
  • In the event that the 25,000th visitor receives the prize notification but does not meet eligiblity requirements as determined by VCU Police at their sole discretion, the counter will immediately reset and the first subsequent visitor will receive the prize notificaiton. This process will continue until an eligible contestant receives the prize notification and claims the prize.
  • The winner of the prize is responsible for any applicable taxes.

Chief John A. Venuti