The VMI Police Department is staffed by 14 certified police officers and six security officers who provide safety and security 24-hours a day.
VMI Police officers are responsible for crime prevention, traffic enforcement and the investigation and prosecution of all criminal offenses that occur on Post, at any of VMI’s outlying properties and on the streets and sidewalks adjoining Post.
Uber Ridesharing Safety
Uber ride-sharing service has arrived in Rockbridge County. While convenient, riders should observe these safety tips:
- Plan ahead – Before you request a ride, think about where you are headed and review the safety features in the app, so you know how to use them.
- Request your ride inside – Avoid spending unnecessary time outside alone with your phone in your hand. Instead, wait indoors until the app shows your driver has arrived.
- Get in the right car – Before you get in the car, check the license plate, driver photo, and driver name all match what’s listed in the app. Uber rides can only be requested through the app, so never get in a car with a driver who claims to be with Uber and offers a ride.
- Be a backseat rider – If you are riding alone, sit in the backseat; this ensures you can safely exit on either side of the vehicle to avoid moving traffic.
- Follow your intuition – Trust your instincts and use your best judgment when riding with Uber. If you ever feel you’re in an emergency situation, call 911 immediately.
- Don’t walk alone if possible, especially at night.
- Report suspicious activity to the VMI Police or Lexington Police.
- Stay in well-lit areas at night, especially when entering and exiting buildings.
- If an area feels unsafe, inform the police to help them to improve the area's sense of safety.
- Be alert. Read email notifications of any criminal activity on Post.
- Avoid excessive drinking as it will lower your inhibitions and affect your judgment, increasing the risk of injury or victimization.