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UVA Ambassador Program

Phone Numbers
  • Emergency 911
  • Safe Ride 434-242-1122
  • Yellow Cab Charge-a Ride 434-295-4131
  • Tip Soft Text 274637, or "CRIMES"
  • Office of the Dean of Students 434-924-7133

 

In an effort to enhance safety options for the University community, the University of Virginia Police Department implemented a public safety ambassador program (Ambassador Program) in an area of the City of Charlottesville that is adjacent to Grounds that contains student housing and transitions into areas occupied predominantly by city residents. 

The Ambassador Program was implemented in February 2015 to enhance safety in the Ambassador Patrol Zone through high visibility and engagement between the Ambassadors and the public.

Ambassador services include:

  • Walking, bicycle and vehicle patrols
  • Stationary positions within the patrol zone
  • Walking escorts
  • Provide information and directions
  • Identify individuals in distress or in need of assistance
  • Alert police to hazards, medical emergencies or other possible criminal activity
  • Engage members of the community in conversations about safety and prevention

Community and personal safety is a top priority at UVA.  While the Ambassadors are a proactive and engaging piece of this, everyone has to play a part.  Report suspicious or concerning activity.  Be alert and aware of your surroundings.  Be an active bystander if a situation doesn’t seem right.  

The Ambassadors do not have law enforcement power and are not a replacement for 911.  However, if you feel that you or someone else is in need of assistance or has a question, the Ambassadors are there to help.  Stop and talk to an Ambassador today!