G4S Security Patrols
Safety and security on VCU's urban campuses are top priorities of the police department and university administration. For the second year, security professionals from G4S, a nationally recognized security firm, will supplement VCU Police by providing additional patrols on each campus. These unarmed security units will operate under the direction of VCU Police, providing increased visibility in VCU’s efforts to enhance the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors.
In 2012, VCU Police added G4S security vehicles in response to a survey of the VCU community that showed the community wanted to see a more visible presence of police and security. The security patrols provide a high-visibility presence between 9 p.m. and either 2 a.m. or 3 a.m., depending on the day. The security patrols provide coverage on the Monroe Park Campus and the MCV Campus, ensuring a constant presence even when officers are on calls for service. The G4S security vehicles are well marked and display flashing yellow lights.
New for Fall 2013, VCU Police have brought additional G4S bicycle units to the Monroe Park campus from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., seven days per week. The semiannual perception of safety survey conducted by VCU Police has shown that the community feels safest when they see officers on bicycles. These specially trained security professionals will be strategically deployed for increased visibility and are in direct contact with VCU Police and the Emergency Communications Center at all times. G4S security patrols will be easily recognizable by their yellow jackets emblazoned with “G4S” on the back and will supplement VCU Police's robust bicycle patrol presence.