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Old Dominion University
Police Department

About Us


The primary purpose of the Old Dominion University Police Department is to support the University mission through the maintenance of a safe and secure environment and through the provision of needed general and emergency services.
We fulfill the accomplishment of this purpose through constant attention to public safety, security, law enforcement, crime prevention, community oriented policing and service assistance to the diverse multicultural constituency contained within the University community and the Department's concurrent jurisdiction in the City of Norfolk.
In fulfilling the responsibilities associated with its existence, the Department recognizes the overall academic mission of the University and strives to play a vital role in that mission. Concern for community well-being, a desire to provide service and assistance whenever possible, and support for the academic environment are all factors that are inherent in the Department's daily operations and policies.
The ODU Police Department has a program that recognizes outstanding officers.


The Old Dominion University Police Department is a state certified, accredited law enforcement agency, comprised of 45 sworn police officers, 30 security officers. 5 E-911 dispatchers and 3 support technicians. Our primary responsibility is to provide professional police services and emergency response capabilities to the students, faculty, staff and visitors of the Old Dominion University community.

Under Chapter 17, Section 23.234-236 of the Code of Virginia, campus police officers are classified as sworn law enforcement officers, and carry the same authority as any state, municipal or county law enforcement officer.

Old Dominion University Police Officers patrol the campus grounds and have a concurrent jurisdiction with the City of Norfolk Police Department of one square mile adjacent to the campus.

The Police Department is located in the Public Safety Building at 4516 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Feel free to contact us. Old Dominion University Police Dept.
4516 Monarch Way
Norfolk, VA 23508
(757) 683-4003 office
(757) 683-5660 fax
(757) 683-4000 emergency
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About University Police - Communications Division

The Communications Division is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by five state-certified Police Dispatchers who are under the supervision of the Communications Supervisor. Dispatch is located at 4516 Monarch Way Norfolk, VA 23529.

To report emergencies, call 683-4000 Note: The Communications Center can respond to requests for assistance by the hearing impaired by use of the Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD)

ODUPD Dispatchers respond to calls for service from the campus and surrounding communities and prioritize those requests based on their urgency. Dispatchers monitor fourteen (14) telephone lines, two (2) radio frequencies, a variety of fire and intrusion alarms, numerous security cameras, sixteen (16) emergency call boxes located on and around the campus, and the red emergency telephones located in buildings throughout the campus.

Additionally, Dispatchers monitor Norfolk Police Department radio transmissions and the Statewide Interagency Relay System (SIRS) radio network. A direct telephone link to the Norfolk Police Department's Communications Center is also maintained in the ODU Police Communications Center.

A Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system is utilized to assign and monitor all Police and Security Officer movements. Dispatchers also have available a computer link to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).


If you are calling to report a crime or any type of suspicious activity, be prepared to provide the Dispatcher with as much of the following information as possible:

  • The nature of your call. Give your name and describe the situation as briefly as possible while giving as much detail as possible.
  • The location where the situation is occurring.
  • A description of individual(s) involved, giving as much anformation as possible about clothing and physical characteristics.
  • A description of any vehicle(s) involved including make, body style, license number, etc.
  • Advise if any weapons may be involved.

Under the Motorist Assistance Program (MAP), Police Dispatchers can issue jumper cables, a lug nut wrench for use in changing flat tires, and bottles of water for topping off radiators.

  • Police vehicles CANNOT be utilized to jump start other vehicles, due to possible damage to sensitive radio and other electronic equipment in the police vehicles.
If you would like to utilize the motorist assistance program, you must present yourself at the Public Safety Building located at 4516 Monacth Way. You will need to bring your driver's license to check out needed equipment.

Your driver's license will be returned to you when you bring back the equipment you have borrowed.


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