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VCU Police moving headquarters from W. Grace St. to Downtown

Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-12 17:32:27-04

RICHMOND, Va. — VCU Police is moving their W. Grace St. headquarters to a new location in downtown Richmond, effective Thursday, Oct. 13.

The move will position the department in the middle of VCU’s Monroe Park and MCV Campuses.

The new headquarters will be located downtown at 224 E. Broad St., near Jackson Ward. They were previously located at 938 W. Grace St. for more than a decade.

The school says the new facility allows more work and training space for staff, better technology and centralized emergency operations.

“We were fortunate to find the right-sized facility at the right location,” said VCU Police Chief John Venuti. “Officers will continue to patrol both campuses and respond to calls for service around the clock. The people and places of VCU continue to be our focus.”

VCU Police administrative staff, sworn officers, emergency dispatchers and academy recruits will be moving in phases throughout the second week of October.

The department says there will be no disruption in service for emergency calls or responses.

“Our resources will solely be focused on both campuses,” Venuti said.

Student and staff access to the 938-A W. Grace St. headquarters will end at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13. An Emergency Response Telephone will still be accessible outside the location to request an officer or ask for assistance.

Access to the new headquarters will be accessible using a new RamRide stop at Marshall and 3rd streets until 1 a.m. every day. Students will also be able to use RamSafe to go to the location between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.