Liberty University Police Department
Col. Richard D. Hinkley, B.S.
Chief of Police
Liberty University Police Department (LUPD), located in the southwest corner of Green Hall, provides 24/7/365 full service protection by Police and Emergency Services personnel to all properties owned and/or controlled by the University. Liberty University Police Officers are duly sworn with full law enforcement powers and responsibilities, similar to employees of a local police department or sheriff’s office. The officers are trained at Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy and receive additional in-service and specialized training in first aid, firearms, defensive tactics, legal updates, cultural diversity, human relations, sensitivity issues and criminal investigations.
University Police share concurrent jurisdiction with the Lynchburg Police Department for properties owned or controlled by the University and other properties agreed upon. University Police offer assistance to the city Police when requested. University Police Officers are responsible for the full range of public safety services, including, but not limited to, all crime reports, investigations, medical emergencies, traffic accidents, enforcement of laws about underage drinking, controlled substances, firearms and other weapons and all other incidents requiring police assistance. In an effort to assist in combating crime, University Police share information on arrests and serious crimes with all surrounding police agencies.
LUPD can be contacted by phone at (434) 592-7641 (non-emergencies) or (434) 592-3911 (emergencies). Additional information is available online at http://www.liberty.edu/lupd.
Public Safety Services
LUPD provides several service-oriented functions to the University community consisting of more than 20,000 students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus during any given day. Officers are equipped with two-way radios as they patrol campus in marked and unmarked vehicles. University Police responsibilities range from responding to medical and fire emergencies, conducting criminal investigations to facilitating an on-campus safe ride program during hours when the campus transit system is not in service.
LUPD works in conjunction with LU Student Affairs to facilitate Operation Identification. This is a nationally recognized identification system in which students engrave an identification number on personal property items kept on campus, such as bicycles, computers, radios, stereo systems, etc. Operation Identification has been proven effective in the recovery of stolen items and is offered at no cost to the student.
LUPD provides, upon appointment and a nominal fee, Fingerprinting Services for Liberty University students, employees and their families for a small fee.
LUPD is proud to offer classes in firearms, range safety and NRA’s “Refuse to be a Victim” to students, employees and their families free of charge.
Extensive efforts are made to create a campus environment that fosters personal safety, property security, and learning for all members of the University community. Always remember “if you see something, say something”, reporting anything that looks out of the ordinary or suspicious to LUPD immediately.
Active Threat Training and Emergency Preparation
LUPD offers monthly Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training sessions (2 hour) for Liberty University staff/faculty/students to continue the goal of Emergency Management Preparedness Critical Incident (EMPCI) implementation campus wide.
Global Travel Security Coordinator
LUPD meets with Trip Leaders to provide security briefings prior to departure on all LU Send, LU Serve and Study Abroad travel. LUPD offers training to include roundtable scenario discussions to prepare trip leaders for emergency response in a crisis situation and the proper procedures for managing incidents while abroad. This also includes equipping travelers with basic knowledge of self-defense and first aid.
Emergency Notification System
Liberty University has implemented the Campus Alerting System. This system allows all University constituents to receive notification when an emergency situation occurs on campus. Messages can be transmitted to a cell phone, home phone, work phone or email address. Specific notification for emergency road closures, fires, school closings and severe weather are also features of this system.
Register your contact information online at http://www.liberty.edu/lupd.
Campus Crime Report
Liberty University fully abides by the Campus Security Act of 1990, the Higher Education Act Reauthorization of 2008 and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. All of these enacted laws are designed to protect the communities of higher education institutions by ensuring that information concerning crime statistics, fire statistics, fire suppression systems and emergency information is readily available. This information is available to the Liberty University community online at http://www.liberty.edu/lupd or upon request at the LUPD office.
Students, faculty and staff members must register their vehicles through the online parking registration system at https://www.liberty.edu/myParkingDecal/. Once registration is completed, you will receive an email receipt. Print this receipt off and place it in the front windshield of your vehicle to act as a temporary parking authorization until you receive your parking decal. If it is the beginning of the school year, then your parking decal will be mailed to you, however after the school year begins, decals must be picked up at the LUPD front office or at a designated location to be announced. Watch the parking decal information page online at https://www.liberty.edu/police/parking/vehicle-registration/ for information on parking decal mailing.
Visitors must obtain a temporary parking hangtag in order to park on campus. These hangtags are available at LUPD or any number of secondary distribution sites across campus. For more information on the location of secondary distribution sites or traffic and parking regulations visit http://www.liberty.edu/lupd.