Department of the Year Award
2017 National Finalist

Old Dominion University – Police Department

Through innovative engagement and problem solving strategies, community partnerships, and technology, the Department has driven a substantial reduction in crime that fosters a safe living and learning community.

The Department, with input from key stakeholders, has guided the University’s safety and security strategy. This strategy includes broad scale lighting assessments and enhancements, upgrades to physical security, including a “Cameras for Safety” program with more than 1700 cameras, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) assessments for new construction and for existing buildings. These efforts, along with a variety of safety and security related programs and services, have resulted in crime reduction on campus including:

• 36% reduction in violent crime on campus;
• 35% reduction in all crime occurring in residence halls;
• 76% reduction in all burglaries occurring in residence halls;
• 80% reduction in total burglaries on campus

Relationship building has been instrumental to the Department’s success. Dialogue and creative problem solving with local businesses, particularly those with challenged with criminal activity, will continue to create opportunities to further reduce crime on and near campus. These opportunities include the “Monarch Watch” program to identity and report concerning activity and the Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) program in which ODU police officers work with local establishments and train their staff for the prevention of over intoxication, underage drinking, and driving under the influence.

The ODU PD has taken the lead in building partnerships with the Norfolk Police Department, Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to enhance information sharing and the effectiveness of the ODU PD Crime Analysis Unit. The Department and the Norfolk Emergency Communications Center are collaborating on improvements to the ODU PD Communication Center and finalizing its transition to a 911 Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

The Old Dominion University Police Department will continue to leverage and improve upon proactive engagement and problem-solving strategies, foster on campus and community partnerships, implementing innovative and technological solutions to further enhance the safety and security of the University community.

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