Chief of Police
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.
ODUPD Command Staff
Captain Garrett Shelton began his public safety career in the city of Portsmouth, VA in 1984 as the Director of Emergency Medical Services overseeing emergency medical care to citizens of Portsmouth and was a member of the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council. In 1987, Captain Shelton joined the Portsmouth Police Department. During his career, Captain Shelton's assignments included Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations, Marine Patrol/Dive Operations, and Tactical Operations. Captain Shelton rose through the ranks and commanded several divisions to include the Special Operations Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Emergency Communications Division, the Professional Standards Unit and the Operations Bureau as Assistant Chief of Police.
In 2015, Captain Shelton joined the Old Dominion University Police Department and currently oversees patrol operations, the Office of Professional Standards, Criminal Investigations, and is the subject matter expert for the University's Active Shooter training program having instructed over 4,000 members of the University's faculty, staff, and students. In 2019, Captain Shelton received his national certification as a Certified Sport Security Professional (CSSP) through the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴).
Captain Shelton is currently seeking a graduate degree from Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree with honors in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy's 229th Session and the Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Leadership program. Captain Shelton is a member of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.
Lieutenant Scott Evans joined the Old Dominion University Police Department (ODUPD) in 2019, and currently serves as the Operations Lieutenant. In this capacity, his duties include overseeing Security, and the day-to-day Patrol Operations of the department.
Prior to his arrival, Lieutenant Evans served with the Norfolk Police Department from 1989-2015. During his tenure with Norfolk, Lieutenant Evans worked as a patrol officer and then a Homicide/Robbery detective until his promotion to Corporal in 1997. When promoted, Lieutenant Evans worked as a supervisor in the Vice and Narcotics Division and Special Operation Team. Upon receiving another promotion, Lieutenant Evans was transferred to the Internal Affairs Division, where he served as the Executive Officer. After receiving his last promotion in 2004, Lieutenant Evans was the Executive Officer of the Second Patrol Division, and the Officer in Charge of different units: Harbor Patrol, Property and Evidence, and K-9. During his career with the Norfolk Police Department, Lieutenant Evans earned over 20 awards, citations, and commendations.
In addition to his stellar police career and achievements, Lieutenant Evans was a senior United States Naval Reserve Officer until he retired as a Commander in February 2009. Of significant importance would be his recall to active duty in January 2007. After receiving extensive training in Fort Riley, Kansas, CDR Evans deployed to Afghanistan, where he spent 12 months. While there, CDR Evans mentored an Afghanistan National Army (ANA) general and served as the senior naval officer at the United States garrisons in Herat and Darulaman. Because of his exceptional meritorious service and superb leadership, CDR Evans was awarded the Bronze Star.
Lieutenant Evans holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Financial Management) degree from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Troy University. Lieutenant Evans also graduated from the North Carolina State University Law Enforcement Executive Program.
Lieutenant Keitha Boone joined the Old Dominion University Police Department in 2010 after serving twenty-nine years with the Norfolk Police Department. Currently, she serves as the departments administrative Lieutenant overseeing the Accreditation Unit, Business Manager/Fiscal Management, Training Unit, Hiring, and Recruitment Units. Prior to ODU, Lieutenant Boone served with Norfolk Police Department from 1984-2010. Her assignments included Special Crimes Lieutenant, Patrol Lieutenant, Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant, and Corporal. Lieutenant Boone has completed executive leadership schools through her career such as, FBI Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, and New Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs Training School.
Lieutenant Boone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Adelphi University.
Lieutenant Mark Anthony joined the Old Dominion University Police Department in 2015. Since, he has served as the Investigations Lieutenant. Lieutenant Anthony stated he law enforcement career with the Portsmouth Police Department in 1995 and retired in 2015. His assignments include, Patrol Officer, Detective, ATF Task Force Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and Lieutenant of Investigations.
Lieutenant Anthony has an associate degree in Business Administration and Education from Northern Virginia Community College.