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Police Department:About Us

Our Mission

The Old Dominion University Police Department is dedicated to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for its students, staff, and visitors. This includes a proactive approach to law enforcement and aggressive problem-solving techniques for identified crime trends. We employ 55+ sworn law enforcement officers who provide 24-hour protection for more than 25,000 students, faculty, and staff. We cover the 288 acre main campus, along with University facilities in outlying areas of our concurrent jurisdiction in the City of Norfolk.

The Old Dominion University Police Department is a proactive, value-driven organization that supports the mission of the Department of Public Safety through the delivery of quality, professional, and innovative police services with integrity, that are tailored to the needs of our community.

 We value integrity, fairness and service.

Message from the Chief

On behalf of the men and women of the Old Dominion University Police Department (ODUPD), I am pleased to welcome you to our website. ODUPD is committed to providing a safe and secure academic and working environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors.

Through ethical conduct, progressive training, and technological innovation, we strive for service excellence. We are a department that embraces and reflects the diversity and inclusivity of our campus. Our mission is to ensure that quality and professional policing and safety services are carried out by all members of the department.

ODUPD is a full service agency, participating in a broad spectrum of working groups with our local, regional, and federal law enforcement partners, but we believe collaborative efforts with our community partners are equally important to ensure everyone's safety on campus.

As evidenced in our Annual Security Report, reported crime at Old Dominion University is low and has experienced a marked decrease over the last several years. It is important to remember we are located in an urban setting and share many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city.

Remember to always practice good personal safety habits, discourage careless practices and behavior, and promptly report any suspicious activity. Prevention and awareness are key to reducing crime on campus and the community at large.

We are committed to continuous improvement, enhanced communication, and operational transparency with all members of the Monarch community.

Please let us know how we are doing. We encourage and welcome your feedback, whether positive or negative, so that we may make improvements where necessary, and continue to provide the level of service you expect and deserve.

ODU Police Chief

Professional Standards Statistical Analysis

ODUPD is committed to providing law enforcement and security services that are fair, effective, and impartially applied. To help achieve this, all department personnel including both sworn officers and civilian employees are held to the highest standards of conduct and are expected to treat all individuals with respect and to acknowledge the rights of all persons. Adherence to these standards, by personnel motivated by a moral and professional obligation to perform their job to the best of their ability, is the ultimate objective of this agency. The Office of Professional Standards is responsible for investigating all misconduct complaints made against members of the Old Dominion University Police Department. Below is the statistical analysis of the types of complaints and the findings.

Policing As A Community

Proud Community Partner
ODUPD is a CALEA Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. IACLEA Accredited Campus Law Enforcement Agency and DCJS Certified Crime Prevention Campus Community.

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