The University Police actively patrol the campus 24 hours a day. It is believed that high visibility of uniformed police officers is an effective deterrent to criminal activity. It is felt that the relatively small number of reported vehicle thefts and burglaries, given the size and extensive nature of our campus, is at least, in part, a direct result of the efforts made in our University Police operation to have visible police patrol. We hope that this statistical information is relevant in terms of reporting the appropriate and required statistics, yet done in a way which is helpful to you in understanding the context in which these events occur.
The University of Richmond has an excellent University Police organization; the University is presently one of only a handful of private institutions in the country that has a full service law enforcement agency accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. We were the first private institution and are currently the longest running university law enforcement agency to be accredited by CALEA and share this distinction with over 600 municipal, state and institutional police agencies nationwide. The University Police Department will be reaccredited by CALEA for the seventh time in November 2012.
The University of Richmond is geographically located within the City of Richmond and the County of Henrico. As judicially appointed police officers, its members have the authority to provide protection and to enforce the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia on all University property and adjacent streets. University Police officers have full investigative and arrest authority on campus as well as on contiguous streets. A criminal or traffic summons issued by the University Police will be adjudicated by the court system of the City of Richmond or the County of Henrico.
The University Police will assist local police departments in monitoring and recording the activity of any students engaged at off campus locations of student organization officially recognized by the institution while off campus with coordination and cooperation as needed. This also includes those student organizations with off campus housing facilities.
The URPD is committed to promoting a strong working relationship with the Virginia State Police, the City of Richmond Police and County of Henrico Police. Information received during University Police investigations that may impact on other investigations being conducted by the City of Richmond or County of Henrico Police is provided to the appropriate investigative personnel of that agency. The University of Richmond Police Department has a mutual aid agreement with the City of Richmond Police Department for investigation of officer involved shootings.