Headed by Captain Michael Beckner, the Augusta University Police Department Road Patrol is the largest division of the Augusta University Police Department. Officers are responsible for maintaining order and protecting the safety of our Augusta University faculty, staff, students, patients, and visitors. Officers assigned to Road Patrol are separated into two shifts that operate 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. All police officers employed with the Augusta University Police Department are certified through the state of Georgia.
Officers are responsible for enforcing state and local laws within Augusta University jurisdiction. Officers can be seen patrolling by foot, bicycle, or patrol car; monitoring the campus in an assigned patrol zone to prevent criminal activity and respond to calls for service. Officers have the authority to issue traffic citations, serve arrest warrants, and arrest individuals for misdemeanor and felony charges. Officers complete reports for incidents to include criminal offenses, motor vehicle accidents, and other emergencies that occur on campus. They transport prisoners to the Richmond County Charles B. Webster Detention Center when incidents require an arrest.
Officers perform many tasks each day, to include the following:
Community Oriented Policing is extremely important to the Augusta University Police Department. Officers interact with the campus community in an effort to be visible and meet the community. The goal is for officer’s to be seen in and around campus, to interact with the community, and to work on building community relations. They also meet and talk with citizens to provide information, directions, and other assistance; as well as, visit local businesses to determine needs for service. The Augusta University Police Department strives to build trust and provide information to students, faculty, staff and visitors to our community.