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The Augusta University Police Department is committed to keeping our community safe. We recognize the value of transparency as we carry out our mission to protect and serve. This webpage provides current information about our mission, policies, and training.

From the desk of the Chief

 

The Augusta University Police Department has worked very hard to earn the trust of the community we serve. We realize events on the national level have undermined the trust some communities have in their police department. The Augusta University Police Department is comprised of sworn law enforcement officers and civilian staff who take their community guardian role to heart. As such, AUPD has developed a culture of the "community guardian" in which every citizen is treated with dignity and respect, and our team members act and respond to the needs of the community with integrity and professionalism. We felt so strongly about this philosophy, it shaped our core values; Integrity, Respect, Excellence and Professionalism.

This guardian culture was developed through strong recruitment, hiring standards and processes, excellent training, strong policies and the highest level of accountability. This helps all team members become better public servants and ensure that we are policing in a professional, unbiased manner. This webpage was developed in an effort to be transparent about the measures AUPD has taken over the last several years to earn our community's trust. We know we always have room to improve and are committed to a philosophy of continued organizational improvement. If there are any questions I can answer, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

In Service,

James C. Lyon, Jr.

Augusta University's Chief of Police
jlyon@augusta.edu
(706) 721-8106

Department Diversity

The Augusta University Police Department (AUPD) recognizes the Augusta University (AU) community is comprised of people from different cultures and have different backgrounds.  To best serve our community, AUPD strives to build a workforce that encompasses a range of diverse backgrounds.  While the table below depicts the racial demographics of AUPD officers in comparison to the AU community, the goal of achieving a diverse work force at AUPD is not only limited to women and minority groups; but to encompass sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age, specialized language skills, backgrounds, professional experience, and other demographic characteristics.

 

AUPD SWORN DEMOGRAPHICS African American / Black Males African American / Black Females Asian Males Asian Females Hispanic Males Hispanic Females Other Males Other Females White Males White Females TOTAL
COMMAND STAFF (Chief/Major/Captain) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4
LIEUTENANTS 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4
SERGEANTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 1 7
OFFICERS 6 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 13 4 25
TOTAL 6 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 26 5 40
PERCENTAGE 15.40% 2.56% 0.00% 2.56% 0.00% 2.56% 0.00% 0.00% 64.10% 12.82% 100.00%
OVERALL AUPD African American / Black Asian Hispanic Other White  
7 17.96% 1 2.56% 1 2.56% 0 0.00% 30 76.92% 100.00%
OVERALL AU STUDENTS African American / Black Asian Hispanic Other White  
1912 20.62% 950 10.24% 697 7.52% 717 7.73% 4998 53.89% 100.00%
OVERALL AU STAFF African American / Black Asian Hispanic Other White  
3182 34.32% 474 5.11% 183 1.97% 605 6.53% 4827 52.07% 100.00%
OVERALL AU FACULTY African American / Black Asian Hispanic Other White  
127 7.16% 232 13.09% 59 3.33% 200 11.28% 1155 65.14% 100.00%

*Data collected on 06/19/2020.  Other is defined as American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, unknown, and two or more races.

Recruiting and Selection

The Augusta University Police Department (AUPD) is committed to hiring officers who reflect the diversity and values of the Augusta University (AU) community, and who have both the mindset and skills needed to engage with the community.  The hiring process includes a panel interview to identify candidates who possess the values, character traits, and capabilities that are in line with the mission of the department.  In addition to a thorough background investigation, AUPD requires a pre-employment psychological screening that includes psychological personality testing, basic reasoning ability, and testing for psychopathology.  The recruitment and hiring of qualified officers play a major role in shaping how AUPD develops, grows, and ultimately succeeds.

Click Here for IACP Guidelines [pdf]

 

Our Training

The Augusta University Police Department (AUPD) recognizes the need for scenario-based training that provides our employees with the skills necessary to make decisions that are reasonable and just. We train officers to look at a situation and make decisions based on “should” I respond this way not “could” I respond this way.  Trust between AUPD and the people we protect is essential to our mission. We embrace the guardian mindset and hold our employees accountable. We recognize members of the community may have questions about the training our officers receive and address some of them below.

De-Escalation Training

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Diversity, Sensitivity & Cultural Training

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Mental Illness Training

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One Mind Campaign

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Our Policy

Policies create the foundation for all operations at the Augusta University Police Department (AUPD).  AUPD uses Lexipol, who provides fully developed, state-specific policies researched and written by subject matter experts and vetted by attorneys. Our policies are based on nationwide standards and best practices while also incorporating state and federal laws and regulations where appropriate. AUPD utilizes Lexipol’s Daily Training Bulletins to help personnel learn to apply policies and improve their ability to make well-reasoned decisions. 

 

The policies listed here demonstrate our commitment to transparency and our community. Click to learn more.

Use of Force Policy [PDF]

Provides guidance on the use of force in a professional, impartial and reasonable manner

Use of Force Review Boards Policy [PDF]

Establishes a process for the Augusta University Police Department to review the use of force by its members

Conducted Energy Device Policy [PDF]

Provides guidance for the issuance and use of the TASER™

Vehicle Pursuit Policy [PDF]

Provides guidance for vehicle pursuits in order to protect the safety of involved officers, the public and fleeing suspects

Portable Audio/Video Recorder Policy [PDF]

Provides guidance for the use of portable audio/video recording devices by AUPD employees while on duty

Personnel Complaints Policy [PDF]

Provides guidance for the reporting, investigation and disposition of complaints regarding the conduct of members of the Augusta University Police Department

 

Our policy manual is available by request. Please email police@augusta.edu.

Online commendation and complaint forms can be found here.

Body Worn Cameras

In 2010, the Augusta University Police Department (AUPD) deployed body-worn cameras for patrol officers.  Body-worn cameras result in better transparency and accountability and thus improve police legitimacy.  The body-worn cameras are a tool in AUPD’s problem solving approach to enhance officer safety and build community trust.

Augusta University Police utilize Axon body cameras to capture video of enforcement interactions with our community. Officers are required to keep their body worn cameras in good condition and ensure that they are operational before every shift. Each video is stored in compliance with O.C.G.A.  § 50-18-96, which requires all videos to be retained for 180 days. Any video which is part of a criminal investigation, shows a vehicular accident, shows the detainment or arrest of an individual, shows a law enforcement officer's use of force, or such video contains evidence that is or can reasonably be anticipated to be necessary for pending litigation, shall be retained for 30 months.

bodycam 
31

Number of body cameras currently deployed

2010

Year AUPD deployed body cameras

180/30

Required retention of 180 days, or 30 months for video requiring litigation

Community Engagement

Police and citizens often come into contact with each other for reasons other than criminal investigation. In addition to providing protection and service to the community, Augusta University Police Department is a primary resource for public safety education. Click to learn more about each of our outreach initiatives.

Rape Aggression Defense System

 A women's self defense course sponsored by Augusta University Police Department and certified by R.A.D. Systems.

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Explorer Post 121

 A joint venture between Augusta University Police, Richmond County Sheriff's Department, and Richmond County School Systems Police to involve youth in law enforcement activities and career development.

Click here to learn more.

Rave Guardian

 A mobile safety app to help our students, staff and faculty stay safe and connected.

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Community Firearms Course

 A course designed to teach the basics of firearm safety, ownership and legal considerations.

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Coffee with a Cop

 A program that provides a safe and open environment for discussions between our members and the community we protect.

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Safe Kids Greater Augusta

 A program to certify officers to professionally install and instruct parents in the use of child car seats.

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