Reporting a Crime

Criminal or suspicious acts and emergencies should be reported to the University Police immediately in person, by telephone, or by using one of the blue light emergency call boxes strategically located around campus..

Public Safety, Police Department, Emergency Communication Office, Community Service Officer, and Locksmith Office are Divisions of Public Safety & Community Services located in Brent Hall on the Campus of Arts and Science Fredericksburg campus. The Police Deaprtment and the Emergency Communication Office is staffed 24 hours a day, year round. The Emergency Communication Office handles all law enforcement calls for service as well as fire, safety issues and emergency medical calls on campus. The Emergency Communication Operators will also notify the City of Fredericksburg Emergency Operation Center for a response to dispatch Emergency Medical Services (EMS) ambulance in cases of medical emergencies and City of Fredericksburg Fire Department for fire emergencies.

The University of Mary Washington Police Department maintains two telephone numbers:

  1. Police, Fire and Rescue Emergency calls on campus: From any campus phone dial 4444 or 777. From any non-campus phone, including cell phones, dial 540-654-4444. The 4444 or 777 system is similar to 911 in other jurisdictions and dials directly into the University Emergency Communication Office for on campus police, fire, or rescue emergencies.  If you are unable to speak, stay on the line; The Emergency Communication Operator will be able to ascertain your locations. Otherwise, follow the Emergency Communication Operator’s instructions.
  2. Police Non-Emergency: dial 654-1025 (only the last four digits needs to be dialed from an on campus phone). When dialing 911 from a University campus phone. 911 is answered by the Fredericksburg 911 Call Center, and the necessity of the Fredericksburg 911 Call Center transferring calls back to the University Police would delay an emergency response.

How to report an emergency on campus:

POLICE:

  1. Dial 4444 or 777 from any on campus telephone.
  2. From any non-campus phone, including cell phones, dial 540-654-4444.
  3. Give the location of the incident.
  4. Describe what is happening or what you have observed.
  5. Give a description of the suspect(s).
  6. Give the suspect’s means and direction of travel.
  7. Stay on the phone and answer any questions the Emergency Communication Operator may ask.
  8. Stay on the phone until the Emergency Communication Operator tells you to hang up.

RESCUE:

  1. Dial 4444 or 777 from any on campus telephone.
  2. From any non-campus phone, including cell phones, dial 540-654-4444.
  3. Give the nature of the injury or illness.
  4. Give the location where the first aid unit is needed.
  5. Answer any questions the Emergency Communication Operator may ask.
  6. Stay on the phone until the Emergency Communication Operator tells you to hang up.

FIRE:

  1. Dial 4444 or 777 from any on campus telephone.
  2. From any non-campus phone, including cell phones, dial 540-654-4444.
  3. Give the location of the fire or fire alarm.
  4. Answer any questions the Emergency Communication Operator may ask.
  5. Exit the building.

NOTE:

For persons who are hearing impaired or with loss of speech, communication service is provided through the Virginia Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1. This is a state mandated service and is highly recommended.

Alternate Method of Reporting a Crime

Another method of reporting a crime on campus is by utilizing the Silent Witness System available on the University Police website. The Silent Witness Program enables students, faculty and staff to report information about crimes via the Intenet on an anonymous basis. All information is kept in the strictest confidence and is only accessible to authorized University Police personnel. You may access the Silent Witness Program through University Police website main screen or at the following Internet address:  http://www.umw.edu/police/


UMW Police PatchAny questions, comments or concerns in reference to Police procedures, policies, regulations or other similar matters, email the Chief of Police Michael Hall  at mhall2@umw.edu