Vice President for Student Affairs Tim Pierson (left) presents a plaque to LUPD Chief Bob Beach recognizing the department’s ninth straight year of making the Security Magazine’s list of top university police departments in the country.
Vice President for Student Affairs Tim Pierson (left) presents a plaque to LUPD Chief Bob Beach recognizing the department’s ninth straight year of making the Security Magazine’s list of top university police departments in the country.

For an unprecedented ninth-straight year, Longwood’s police department has been ranked among the best university security operations in the country and as the top-ranked department among Virginia colleges and universities.

The top-20 ranking in the higher education category appears in the annual list published by Security Magazine. Longwood, at No. 17, is the highest-ranked institution of higher education in the state, and ranks behind only two other mid-sized universities nationwide.

Our community not only feels safe on campus but also has a strong sense that our police department is being proactive by embracing new technology, adopting community policing practices, and responding to concerns with promptness and transparency.

Dr. Tim Pierson, vice president for student affairs

“This continued ranking reflects what we hear from students and parents every day,” said Dr. Tim Pierson, vice president for student affairs, who oversees the police department. “Our community not only feels safe on campus but also has a strong sense that our police department is being proactive by embracing new technology like the LiveSafe app that students can access from their smartphones and use to communicate directly with police, adopting community policing practices, and responding to concerns with promptness and transparency.”

Our police officers are some of the finest I’ve worked with in my career.

Col. Bob Beach, chief of police Tweet This

The LUPD has been led since 2007 by Col. Bob Beach, whose nearly 50 years in public service—most at one of the state’s busiest police departments in Fairfax County—anchor the department with deep experience and trusted leadership. During the 2016 Vice Presidential Debate, one of the largest and most security-intense operations in Longwood history, there were no arrests or major medical emergencies, a testament to the planning and operational capabilities of LUPD.

“Our police officers are some of the finest I’ve worked with in my career,” said Beach. “Their commitment to this campus and to the larger community is unmatched, and I have seen them go above and beyond their call every day since I’ve been here. To their credit, they are always willing to try a new initiative, learn a new technology or rise to a challenge set before them. That’s why we are consistently ranked among the best in the country.”

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