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Police & Safety

Protecting Life and Property

Your safety and peace of mind is important to us. When you are secure and comfortable, then you can focus on your goal of achieving academic excellence.

Bridgewater’s Campus Police and Safety Department is available 24/7 to respond immediately to potential criminal incidents, suspicious activity, requests for assistance and emergency situations. Our officers regularly patrol the campus on foot and by vehicle.

To contact the on-duty officer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call 540-828-5609. Emergencies please call 9-1-1.

Our purpose and functions include:

  • Protection of life and property for students, faculty, staff and visitors
  • Protection and security of college property
  • Enforcement of all college rules and regulations, including parking
  • Crime prevention and investigation
  • Fostering a peaceful environment, conducive to the pursuit of educational goals and personal growth
  • Providing security for designated functions
  • Reporting hazardous and unsafe conditions regarding college property

We want you to feel comfortable approaching us when you need help or have questions. We believe that we will win your confidence by maintaining professional attitudes, being reliable, showing concern and responding promptly.

Meet the Force

Photograph of Campus Safety Officers
Campus Safety Officers (front row, left to right): Laurie White, Kevin Lam; (back row, left to right): J.J. Jefferson, Robert Hicks, Ronnie Boyd, Robert Grathwol

Photograph of Campus Safety Officers
Police Officers (left to right): Lieutenant Rick Biller, Officer Thomas Holsinger, Officer John Painter, Officer Justin Shipley, Milton S. Franklin, Jr. Chief of Police

Photograph of Campus Safety Officers

Full Law Enforcement Authority

We are recognized as a police agency by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Our chief of police, lieutenant and sworn police officers have received their training for certification through an accredited police academy. They have full law enforcement authority on campus and surrounding area. They can investigate crimes, make arrests and enforce all laws. They also collaborate with local law enforcement departments.

Emergency Alert Sign-Up

We offer honest, timely communication in the event of an emergency on campus. Our Emergency Alert System sends a text message to your cell phone in the event of an emergency. Be aware that your cell phone provider may charge a nominal fee for each text message you receive.

Here’s how to sign up for the Bridgewater College Emergency Alert System:

  • Log into MyBC.
  • Select your WebAdvisor group from the menu on the right hand side of the page (student, faculty or employee).
  • Click “Emergency Alerts” at the bottom of the Communication Menu.
  • Provide the information requested.

You will be asked to provide a password, your 10-digit cell phone number and your cell phone carrier (the company that provides your cell service). The password will be used to login to the service after signing up to make changes to your account. Upon signing up, you will be presented with a verification page and will receive a text message to your phone. Enter the verification number from the text message in the box to activate your account.

Emergency alerts may be sent to two cell phone numbers and/or five e-mail addresses. Just include the additional contact information to your emergency alert account. A current student must add this contact information. Parents are not permitted to add the information themselves.

Please make sure you know who your cell phone carrier is before signing up for this service. If you do not see your carrier in the drop down list, please contact the Help Desk at 540-828-4357.

Emergency Call Boxes

You may find yourself in need of emergency assistance when you’re away from your friends or your residence hall. Emergency call boxes are located throughout campus to be used for security or safety concerns that require an immediate response. These call boxes are attached to poles with lights at the top so that they can be spotted easily.

They are situated so that you can activate them without exiting your car if necessary. By pushing the large red button, you will immediately activate the blue flashing light and initiate a call to the Campus Police and Safety Department. We will stay in touch with you until an officer arrives on the scene.

Emergency call box locations:

  • Geisert Hall parking lot
  • Kline Campus Center parking lots
  • McKinney Hall parking lot

It is considered a serious breach of campus policy to activate the call box as a prank.

Anonymous Crime Tips

We want you to feel safe reporting any violations of campus regulations or criminal activities, whether you’re a witness or a victim. To report a crime tip anonymously, please fill out this form.

Campus Security Authority Crime Report

If this is an emergency please contact Campus Police immediately as (540) 828-5609.

CSAs are required to report any Act qualifying crimes that they are made aware of to the Bridgewater College Campus Police Department. Timely reporting of crimes is encouraged and sometimes required. Campus Police will use the submitted information to verify the appropriate crime classification and to compile statistics to be included in the Annual Security Reports that Bridgewater College publishes and distributes each fall.

Missing Person Notification

Bridgewater College has established protocols for responding to reports of missing students, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

If you live on campus, you may provide the campus police department with the names of people who should be contacted if you are deemed a missing person.

Here’s how to register:

  • Log into MyBC. Select your WebAdvisor group from the menu on the right hand side of the page (student, faculty or employee).
  • Click “Missing Person Notification” under the Communications Menu.
  • Provide the information requested.

Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires colleges and universities to report annually information regarding their campus security policies and campus crime statistics.

The following report is submitted in compliance with the Act:

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Notification

The following report is submitted in compliance with the Act:

BC Emergency Operations Plan

The Emergency Operations Plan establishes clear guidelines for responding to disaster and crisis situations. View Bridgewater’s Emergency Operations Plan (.pdf).

Sexual Misconduct/Title IX

Bridgewater College is committed to providing all students with an educational environment free from discrimination. Learn more about our sexual assault policy and procedures.

Mutual Aid Agreements

The following are mutual aid agreements between the Bridgewater College Police Department and other law enforcement agencies serving within the jurisdiction of Bridgewater College.

Protection of Minors and Reporting Policy

Questions? Contact Us!

Milton Franklin, Chief of Campus Police and Safety Department