Citizens Academy
Citizen’s Police Academy

The Old Dominion Citizen's Police Academy provides an excellent opportunity for citizens who work or live in the area surrounding ODU to become familiar with the day-to-day operations of their Police Department. It will enable participants to gain a better understanding of the procedures, guidelines, responsibilities, demands, personnel, equipment, policies, and laws that guide the Police Department's decision-making process.  To learn more about the Citizen’s Police Academy, view our brochure.  To apply, stop by our headquarters at 4516 Monarch Way.

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Training Presentations

We believe that education is the first line of defense in promoting safety for all. If you'd like to schedule an officer to come and speak to your group, contact us to start the conversation. Our officers engage the community with special safety presentations and demonstrations on a number of topics including, Threat Assessment, Safe Space (LGBTQ resources), Drunk Goggles, Drug/Alcohol Awareness, Hazing, Campus Safety (in an urban environment), Bar & House Party Safety, Off-Campus Living, Social Media/Cyber Safety, Terrorism Awareness, Active Threat and more!



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Police Cadets

Police Cadets are uniformed, paid, part-time positions limited to full-time or part-time ODU students and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher (Criminal Justice majors are preferred, but not required). Police Cadets function as walking escorts on campus, and patrol the campus providing information and assistance to the university community and campus visitors.

RAD (Rape Aggression Defense)

Rape Agressions Defense (R.A.D.) is a FREE comprehensive course for women that teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Founded by an ODU Police Officer in 1989, and taught today by ODU Police Officers who are nationally-certified R.A.D. instructors, the course begins with awareness, prevention, risk education, and risk avoidance, and progresses to hands-on basic defense training.Though R.A.D. is not a martial arts program, it is dedicated to teaching women defense concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense tactics. R.A.D. is not only informative, but FUN. In the last class, students have a chance to test their new skills in simulated "attacks" by officers in protective gear. Women who complete the course will leave with developed and enhanced options of self-defense to make educated decisions about resistance when attacked.

The R.A.D. Course consists of 12 hours of instruction, which can be broken up into any configuration that works best for your group, depending on availability of instructors.

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Ride Along Program

The Ride Along Program gives the Monarch community an opportunity to ride with a sworn law enforcement officer while the officer is engaged in regular duties.

To qualify you must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Complete the application accurately and fully.
  3. Agree to a criminal record check.

To Apply:

Those accepted to take part in a ride-along must agree and adhere to certain criteria for their safety and that of the officer(s), outlined in detail on the application. You may download the Ride Along Application or pick up a copy in person at 4516 Monarch Way Norfolk, VA, 23529. The ODU Police Department reserves the right to deny an applicant for any reason. Apply Now >

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Run-Hide-Fight (Active Shooter)

As part of ODUPD's proactive active shooter preparedness strategy, we provide training on the actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents, framed by the FBI's "Run-Hide-Fight" Training.

We regularly present active threat training at adjunct faculty orientations, annual staff trainings, and to student groups and organizations. Individual or customized trainings are also available upon request.

TIPS (Alcohol Awareness)

TIPS (Training for Intervention ProcedureS) is a dynamic, skills-based training program designed to prevent intoxication, drunk driving and underage drinking by enhancing the fundamental "people skills" of servers, sellers and consumers of alcohol.

TIPS gives individuals the knowledge and confidence they need to recognize potential alcohol-related problems and intervene to prevent alcohol-related tragedies.

To learn more about this program, please contact us at

Driver Improvement Program

The ODU Police Department facilitates two types of Driver Improvement Training courses: the DMV Training program, which is open to the public for $60/attendee; and the ODU Employee Training which is a condensed training (based on DMV program) and offered at no charge to ODU employees, such as those required to take it to drive state vehicles.

Start By Believing
Start by Believing

Start by Believing is a global awareness campaign designed to end the cycle of silence and change the way we respond to sexual assault.

It is based on decades of research documenting that disclosures by sexual assault victims often elicit responses of doubt and blame, rather than compassion and support.