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VCU Police Chief Receives 2016 Dillard Award from VACLEA

June 13, 2016 | VACP

News Image The Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators presented Police Chief John Venuti, Virginia Commonwealth University, on June 9 with the 2016 Robert C. Dillard Award for Outstanding Contribution to Campus Law Enforcement at the association’s annual conference in Virginia Beach. The award is presented to an individual who has made a significant sustained contribution to the advancement of campus law enforcement or security practices in Virginia.

“Chief Venuti’s efforts have demonstrated leadership to all of his peers in campus safety and enforcement,” said VACLEA Immediate Past President Craig Branch. “He has brought dedication and innovation to all aspects of his efforts to keep the VCU campus safe.” In spring 2015, 96.5 percent of students, faculty and staff surveyed reported feeling "safe" or "very safe" on VCU's campuses, according to the school.

“Chief Venuti actively supports law enforcement across the Commonwealth, serving on various task forces to reduce sexual assault and raise awareness about mental health issues on campus,” said VACLEA President David McCoy. “As a colleague, he is always available to provide his insight, debate an issue, or assist when needed, which are traits that support the core values of VACLEA.”

Chief Venuti was appointed to head up the VCU Police Department in 2010 with more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement. He joined the Richmond Police Department in 1984 as a patrol officer and rose through the ranks to major.  He also serves as VCU Assistant Vice President of Public Safety.  In 2015, he was named Campus Safety Director of the Year by Campus Safety magazine.

The Robert C. Dillard Award for Outstanding Contribution to Campus Law Enforcement is the highest distinction awarded by the Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.  The award recognizes a campus police chief who has made a significant and sustained contribution to the advancement of campus law enforcement or security practices, and has shown innovation in the development or enhancement of campus law enforcement and security.  The award is named for retired University of Richmond Police Chief Robert C. Dillard, who served as a leader in campus police professionalism in Virginia for more than 40 years.