All NOVA police officers are fully trained, state certified by the Department of Criminal Justice Services of the Commonwealth of Virginia and sworn. Their jurisdiction covers all property owned and controlled by NOVA — its streets, sidewalks and highways immediately adjacent to each campus. All sworn officers shall preserve the public peace, protect life and property, enforce and uphold the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia. NOVA police officers patrol the campuses and are available to respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They have authority to make arrests and carry firearms. They receive training at the Northern Virginia Criminal Academy in all aspects of law enforcement.
NOVA’s police officers perform routine duties on foot, in cars and on bicycles. Our officers have all the arrest powers provided for police officers by Virginia Law and utilize those powers as necessary when protecting life and property on campus. NOVA patrol officers respond to all police, fire or medical emergency calls. Our police investigate all criminal matters on campus, often with the assistance of other police jurisdictions.
The NOVA Police Department is a full service police agency. Our officers will be happy to assist you with a prompt, knowledgeable and professional response to calls for police service. Please feel free to call 703.764.5000 or email our Police Department at PoliceDispatch@nvcc.edu to request or comment on our police services.
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