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Campus Safety and Security

    • Emergencies: Police, Fire, EMS
    • Radford University Police
      Non-Emergency: 540-831-5500
    • Radford City Police
      Non-Emergency: 540-731-3624
    • Radford University Student Health
    • Radford University SAVES Office
    • Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
    • Emergencies: Police, Fire, EMS
    • Carilion Police Department
    • Roanoke Higher Education Center Security
    • Roanoke City Police
      Non-Emergency: 540-853-2212
    • Radford University Nurse Navigator
    • Radford University SAVES Office

 Radford University Police Department

The Radford University Police Department is a full-service, sworn, accredited law enforcement agency devoted to the welfare of the University community. The department enforces state laws and Radford University policy on all property owned or controlled by the university as well as on adjacent streets and sidewalks. Members of the department are dedicated to maintain and improve the safety, security, and quality of life within our community.

Safety Escort

A safety escort service is available for anyone walking alone on campus by calling the Radford University Police dispatcher at 540-831-5500.

Crisis Intervention Team

The Radford University Police Department Crisis Intervention Team is trained to respond effectively and appropriately to individuals experiencing mental health crisis.   These officers bring an element of understanding and compassion to these difficult situations.

Crime Prevention

The Radford University Police Department seeks to be proactive in the identification of crime, staff and students needs, and development of crime prevention and safety programs to reduce identified or anticipated crime trends. This is accomplished through educating and encouraging the Radford University community to participate in a partnership approach to crime prevention. Each officer at the Radford University Police Department participates in crime prevention during their daily tours of duty.


The Adopt-A-Cop program was initiated as an effort to make it easier for student residents and police officers to communicate with one another. Participating officers are assigned residence halls and work closely with Housing and Residential Life staff within the selected residence halls. The educational and crime prevention needs of each residence hall are assessed and programming is specifically designed and implemented to address these needs. Participating officers patrol their respective residence halls and spend time with the staff and residents of these halls; as a result, residents are more likely to approach participating officers to report concerns, crimes, and issues.

Emergency Phones

Emergency (blue light) phones are located in academic, residential and parking areas on campus. These phones connect directly to the Radford University Police Communications Center.  

Radford University Emergency Management

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) strives to provide a safe, secure, and resilient environment by fostering the emergency management mission of mitigating against, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. The OEM is responsible for developing, organizing, coordinating, and leading the campus toward effective preparation for, and efficient response to, emergencies and disasters.  Emergency Management is also responsible for training, exercises, planning, coordination, and implementation of all local, state, and federal related emergency management activities for Radford University.

Radford Alert

The Radford Alert system allows students, faculty, and staff to receive emergency messages through telephone, email, and text messaging. Additionally, when a Radford Alert is generated additional campus alert technologies can be activated providing a multiple alert capability. Students, faculty, and staff are automatically enrolled into Radford Alert through their Banner profile. This allows students, faculty, and staff to receive Radford Alert messages via cell phone calls, SMS messaging, and personal email addresses. Learn more about Radford Alert.

Radford Safe App

RADFORD SAFE is the official safety app of Radford University. It is the only app that integrates with Radford University's safety and security systems. The app will send you important safety alerts and provide instant access to campus safety resources. Features include:

  • mobile bluelight
  • virtual police or friend walk
  • work alone / study alone
  • anonymous tips reporting or chat with RUPD
  • procedures for emergency situations
  • chat with RUPD
  • send your location and a message indicating you're OK
  • campus maps and much more