WVU Police Department Recognized for Safety and Security Program - Beckley, Bluefield & Lewisburg News, Weather, Sports

WVU Police Department Recognized for Safety and Security Programs

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: One lane of Route 20 near Hinton is back open

    BREAKING: Route 20 in Hinton blocked by rockslide

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:39 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:39:43 GMT
    Dispatchers in Summers County are asking people to use caution this morning while traveling on Route 20.The road was closed at around 8:40 a.m. after rocks tumbled into the roadway.  Route 20 is closed
    Dispatchers in Summers County are asking people to use caution this morning while traveling on Route 20.
  • 1800s schoolhouse found in barn in Mercer County

    1800s schoolhouse found in barn in Mercer County

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:38:55 GMT
    A property owner finds an old schoolhouse during demolition on his barn near the Moncalm area of Mercer County. Historians say the structure is the old Mullins School and believe it's hundreds of years
    A property owner finds an old schoolhouse during demolition on his barn near the Moncalm area of Mercer County.
  • Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

    Thanked an emergency dispatcher? It's their day

    Thursday, April 17 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-17 22:06:19 GMT
    Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside
    Thursday is national Dispatcher Day. We are also in National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. It's a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public and to set aside
MORGANTOWN -

The West Virginia University Police Department has been recognized for it's safety and security programs.

The West Virginia University Police Department ranked in Security Magazine's Top 500 picks in the security industry. The department placed seventeenth out of 24 higher education institutions.

Police Chief Bob Roberts said the department's prevention and education practices put them on the list.

"You know we just received our accreditation last year," said Chief Roberts about the WVU Police Department. "We do a lot of things that other agencies perhaps don't spend the time and energy on. But we think it's important that we provide the best quality service that we can for our campus."

The department also received a certificate of recognition from the U.S. Department of Commerce for its partnership with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics for the implementation of the StormReady Program which aims to help communities with the safety skills needed before and during severe weather.

"Your commitment to the safety of the students and facilities at WVU is evident from your time and effort spent to become StormReady," said Fred McMullen, the National Weather Service's warning coordination meteorologist in Pittsburgh. "This is a tribute to both you and your staff and will ultimately result in the saving of lives and protection of property."

AAA also recognized the department as the 2013 Gold Award winner for Community Traffic Safety. The award recognizes the department's success and dedication to traffic safety initiatives and its positive impact on citizens.