Phone:(434) 924-7166
Fax: (434) 982-2817
Saferide: (434) 242-1122

2304 Ivy Road
P.O. Box 400214
Charlottesville, VA 22903-44790



Law Enforcement Accrediation

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the role of the University Police department?

A: University Police has primary responsibility for developing and deploying services, programs and strategies for maintaining a reasonably safe campus. Specifically, University Police is responsible for crime prevention, law enforcement, emergency response, and for various other community services.

University Police patrol the campus on foot, bicycle, vehicle, scooter and motorcycle. University Police provides a full range of campus services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Some of these services include investigating reports of crimes, conducting follow-ups as necessary, and filing criminal charges or referring matters (as appropriate) to another departments. Police operations are supported by an Emergency Communications Center, which is staffed by trained and certified dispatchers who answer calls for service, dispatch officers and other emergency services to incidents, fire and environmental alarms.

Q: How do I report a crime or emergency?

A: There are several ways in which victims or witnesses can report crimes. For crimes in progress or crimes that just occurred, or in an emergency, it is best to dial 911. When calling 911, stay on the line and try to remain calm with your information ready. In Charlottesville, 911 calls go to the Emergency Communications Center. If fire and/or ambulance response is necessary on campus, those services are dispatched from ECC and University Police is notified.

You may also use the "silent watch" form on the University Police web site at www.virginia.edu/uvapolice

Please note silent watch should not be used to report crimes that are occurring presently and emergencies should also be reported using 911.

Q: How do I report a non-emergency?

A: In non-emergency situations, where there is no immediate threat to personal safety or property, contact University Police by dialing 434-924-7166.

Q: If I witness a crime or suspicious activity, what should I do?

A: If you witness a crime or suspicious activity, notify the campus police immediately by calling 911. Do not disturb any evidence. Information that would assist police in resolving the case:

  • name of victim
  • exact location of the incident
  • injuries or need for medical attention
  • description of the scene
  • description of any suspect
  • description and license numbers of any involved vehicles

Q: When I call the Police, what information should I have ready?

A: Make sure you are safe before calling. The information needed will vary based on what is being reported. The following is a list of questions that could be asked when you call for police service. Not all questions would be applicable to every call. The University Police Emergency Communication Center call taker may want to know:

  • What is occurring or has occurred
  • Location of occurrence
  • Your name and phone number (anonymous calls are accepted)
  • Your location, if different from location of occurrence
  • The time of occurrence
  • If there are any injuries
  • If anyone is intoxicated
  • If any weapons are involved
  • Number of people involved
  • Descriptions of people involved (i.e., gender, race, hair color, eye color, height, weight, scars/tattoos, clothing)
  • Description of any vehicles involved (i.e. license plate, color, make, model, year)
  • Direction of travel of anyone leaving the scene on foot or in a vehicle
  • If there are any witnesses, and if so, are they still on the scene

Q: What is a "Blue Light" Police Emergency Phone?

A: Community members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Blue Light Police Emergency Phones located on the University of Virginia Campus. They are identifiable by the blue light on a pedestal. Pushing the emergency phone button will connect you directly to a University Police Services Division. Once the emergency phone button is pushed, the location of the activation is automatically transmitted to the University Police. If a caller doesn't speak or can't, an officer is immediately dispatched to the phone site. See the UVa police web page www.virginia.edu/uvapolice for maps indicating the locations of "Blue Light" Police Emergency Phones on campus.

There have also been several "Blue Light" phone installed in heavily populated areas off grounds. These phones ring directly to the 911 center.

Q: What types of fingerprinting services does the University Police offer?

A: University Police provides applicant /background fingerprinting services for a fee of $10. Cash or check. Please have exact change when using cash. You will need to bring a fingerprint card and call the police department at 434-924-7166 on the day you want to have them done to make sure someone I available to do them.

Q: If I lock my keys in my vehicle or my vehicle won't start, what can I do?

A: University Police does not offer vehicle entry to persons that lock their keys in the car. We can assist by calling a tow truck or other agencies that provide this service.

Q: 11. How can I get a copy of a police report?

A: If you wish to get a copy of a police report, you need to contact the University Police Department at (434) 924-7166 for more information. The reporting party or the victim of the incident may obtain a synopsis of the report for a $15 fee.

Q: Why does the police department send out alerts about crimes that occur on and near campus?

A: The Timely Warning

The Clery Act requires you to alert the campus community to certain crimes in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. All Title IV institutions, without exception, are subject to the timely warning regulation.

It's expected that even if you don't have all of the facts surrounding a criminal incident or incidents, you will issue a warning. You can then follow up with additional information as it becomes available.

When to Issue a Timely Warning

You must issue a timely warning for any Clery Act crime that occurs on your Clery geography:

Although the Clery Act mandates timely warnings only for Clery crimes, nothing in the law prohibits timely warnings for other crimes that may pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community (e.g., a kidnapping on campus or a rash of robberies in a public parking lot across the street from the shopping plaza where your school is located).

Q: How can I get information on crime statistics and safety tips?

A: The University Police Department publishes a compilation of campus crime statistics each year. This and other important information is available online by visiting our web page at www.virginia.edu/uvapolice and http://www.virginia.edu/uvapolice/stats

Q: Do I pay my campus parking tickets at the University Police Department?

A: No. Parking and Transportation is located at a different location. Parking fines are paid either online by visiting www.virginia.edu/parking/ or in person at 1101 Millmont Street Charlottesville, VA 22904. Payments may also be mailed to: U.Va Department of Parking and Transportation P.O. Box 400000 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4000.