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About the department

VCU is home to one of the largest university police departments in the country, with 90 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 Investigation, Security Services and Property

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

Security Services is comprised of academic and hospital security which provide daily security-related services to both campuses. Other units within Security Services include Crime Prevention, Traffic and Residential Housing Security. These units provide valuable services to reduce and prevent crime, assist with traffic flow issues and traffic enforcement, and provide security services to residential housing facilities located on both campuses.

The property office handles evidence security and maintenance, recovered property and fleet management.

Division of Patrol Operations

The Division of Patrol Operations is staffed by 63 police officers who patrol each campus with marked and unmarked police cars, bicycles, motorcycles and on foot; respond to emergency and non-emergency incidents; offer crime prevention services and provide traffic control and enforcement.

Division of Support Services

The Division of Support Services handles education and training of new officers, the Victim-Witness Program and emergency communications.

Division of Administrative and Business Operations

This division is responsible for the procurement and payment activities and functions; systems and reporting; property, evidence and fleet management; and human resource management for the department.