UVa-Wise Campus Police Department

Clery Act Information

The UVa-Wise Campus Police Department is very concerned about providing timely warnings to the campus community about potential threats to students or employees. This is accomplished through press releases, email messages, posters, and with messages on this web site.

2012 Fire Safety Report
2012 Annual Security Report

2011 Fire Safety Report
2011 Annual Security Report


Campus Security Policy

UVa-Wise wants to maintain a safe and secure environment for its students the students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Campus Police is assigned a variety of security related functions. At the same time, individual units, for example, schools, colleges, and various non-academic departments have responsibility for the security of facilities assigned for their use. The Police Department is charged to provide security regulations by which students, faculty, and staff are required to abide. Any building specific regulations, established by units responsible for those buildings, must be consistent with the regulations established by the Police Department. Members of the faculty, staff, and student body should report all crimes, hazards, emergencies, or dangerous situations to the Police Department.

The UVa-Wise Campus Police Department maintains a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week constant contact with the College community. As police officers, they are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors, students, faculty, and staff. Officers are responsible for a full range of public safety services including all crime reports, investigations, medical and fire emergency response, and traffic control. The Campus Police also enforce laws regulating underage drinking and the use of controlled substances.

The Department maintains an ongoing relationship with the Virginia State Police, Wise County's Sheriff's Department, and the Town of Wise Police Department. This includes assistance in criminal investigations in and out of the College jurisdiction, and sharing information.

News releases are made when incidents occur that might endanger students, faculty, staff, or the general public. Any suspected criminal, suspicious persons, or other emergency situations should be reported immediately to the Campus Police so they can dispatch the appropriate emergency personnel.


The mission of The University of Virginia's College at Wise Police Department is to serve and protect the campus community and to enhance the quality of life on campus.  This is achieved in conjunction with the campus community through the enforcement of laws, crime prevention activities, education and community awareness, and maintenance of accreditation.  The foundation of our Department is community service.  All people within our jurisdiction are served with respect and fairness.

We, The University of Virginia's College at Wise Police Department, are committed to the prevention of crime, the investigation of problems and incidents, the preservation of security, and the enforcement of all laws and College rules.  Services of the UVa-Wise Police Department are oriented to produce an environment that enables the College to implement its mission of education and public service.


The University of Virginia's College at Wise Police Department consists of nine full-time law enforcement officers.  They possess the same authority as state and municipal police officers.  All officers are state certified through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and have the power to enforce all state and local laws.  Each officer continually undergoes training to maintain his or her state certification and professional skills.

Our Department members are:

  • Ronnie Shortt, Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety                  
  • Beau Boggs, Officer
  • Mark Harmon, Officer 
  • Mike Mullins, Officer
  • Jerry Miniard, Officer
  • Jeremy Price, Officer
  • Jason Stine, Officer
  • Kevin Yates, Officer                
  • Diane Thacker, Secretary 


The Campus Police Department is located on the lower level of Cantrell Hall.  You may call us at 276-328-0190 or 276-328-COPS each weekday from 8 am-5 pm.  For all after hours police related non emergencies, please call 276-328-3756. For campus emergencies, please call 911.