Community Services Division Overview

Investigations

The Augusta University Police Department Community Services Division is comprised of the Criminal Investigations Division and the Community Policing and Crime Prevention Division.  The Criminal Investigations Division conducts follow-up investigations on crimes that occur within the jurisdiction of the Augusta University Police Department.  The investigators assist in completing background checks on individuals who are applying for employment with the Augusta University Police Department. Captain Sam Sherrill and Sergeant Christina Compton are assigned to this division, and handle the normal day to day operations.

The Community Policing and Crime Prevention Division interact with the AU community through numerous events on campus; such as, Coffee with a Cop, New Student Orientation, New Hire Orientation, and other events that support the community policing philosophy.  During these events, AUPD officers take the opportunity to provide information on available crime prevention programs including Rave Guardian and Rape Aggression Defense Systems courses.  Periodically, safety tips are sent out via social media, email, and Jag Safe to bring attention to safety concerns such as pedestrian and bicycle safety, as well as railroad crossing safety.

What We Do


Investigative duties:

  • Follow up on open criminal investigations
  • Obtain warrants against criminals identified during an investigation
  • Obtain search warrants
  • Obtain evidence from multiple sources (security cameras, social media, etc.)
  • Interview witnesses, victims and suspects 
  • Process crime scenes
  • Conduct criminal background checks
  • Conduct Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) exams

Peace of Mind


Investigations

The Augusta University Police Department Investigations Division works hard to solve every criminal case that occurs within the jurisdiction of the Augusta University Police Department. All crimes reported to the Augusta University Police Department are investigated equally, regardless of the legal severity of the crime.

 

Top Ten Tips for University Students to Stay Safe in the Upcoming Academic Year

1. Make the call. Program the number of Augusta University’s Police Department, 706-721-2911, into your cell phone so you have it at your fingertips in the event of an emergency on campus. If you see a crime in progress or even something suspicious, don’t hesitate, make the call.

2. Empower yourself. Enroll in a self-defense course. If your college or university offers a sexual assault defense program such as R.A.D., sign up with a friend and empower yourself. These courses are designed to give you the tools that may help save your life.

3. Don’t walk alone. Take advantage of your college or university’s safety escort services or walk with friends or classmates.

4. Protect your property. Never leave items like your backpack, laptop or cell phone unattended-even if it’s just for a minute. Make it a habit to take these valuables with you.

5. Report solicitors. Magazine subscriptions, donation requests, spa packages and “earn money now” schemes are some of the common methods criminals use to take your money. Avoid solicitors’ scams by politely saying no and immediately notifying university police. Never provide a solicitor with your personal information.

6. On the bus. Stay awake and keep your personal belongings close to you. Sit near the door or the driver and stay awake. If someone’s harassing you, don’t hesitate; ask the driver to let you off at a populated bus stop or a well-lit area like a gas station.

7. Grab it. Close it. Lock it. College and university parking lots and structures are common targets for thieves. Never leave valuables in your car or items in plain view. Take items like GPS devices, removable stereo face-plates, and electronics with you. Make sure your windows are up and the doors are locked. Apply a security device or set the alarm.

8. Keep personal information private. Avoid becoming a victim of identity theft by carrying only the necessary items in your wallet or purse. Don’t give personal information to solicitors.

9. Keep your dorm locked. Even if you’re going next door to a friend’s room, always grab your keys and lock the door. A propped open door is a perfect target for would-be thieves and allows them quick and easy access to your belongings. If your room has additional doors and windows, always be sure they are closed and locked as well.

10. Protect your wheels. If you ride a bike, find out if your university offers free registration. Registering your bike helps improve the likelihood of recovery if stolen. Invest in a high-quality, hardened steel “U” lock. For optimum security, lock both the front and frame to the bike rack. Taking these tips to heart will go a long way toward providing for a safe semester for our students.

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