The Longwood University Police Department (LUPD) has for the sixth consecutive year been recognized as the one of the top 500 security operations in the nation.

The LUPD is ranked 16th in the nation among colleges and universities in the annual evaluation of the security industry by Security Magazine. Longwood is the only Virginia college or university in the 21 higher ed institutions on the list, which also includes Duke and Johns Hopkins universities and the University of Chicago.

"The work of the men and women who make up the LUPD has raised the organization to this level, and they have made the Longwood community a safer place," said Bob Beach, Longwood’s police chief.

Beach also credited the university’s administration and Dr. Tim Pierson, vice president for student affairs, in particular, for their "commitment and support. Dr. Pierson’s innovation and willingness to support change have been significant keys to our success."

The annual ranking, which lists a combined 500 security organizations in 18 sectors, is based on information available in public records as well as a survey sent to security organizations.

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