We are committed to hiring officers who reflect the diversity and values of the Augusta University (AU) community, and who have both the mindset and skills needed to engage with the community. The hiring process includes a panel interview to identify candidates who possess the values, character traits, and capabilities that are in line with the mission of the department. In addition to a thorough background investigation, we require a pre-employment psychological screening that includes psychological personality testing, basic reasoning ability, and testing for psychopathology. The recruitment and hiring of qualified officers play a major role in shaping how we develop, grows, and ultimately succeeds.CLICK HERE FOR IACP GUIDELINES
We recognize the need for scenario-based training that provides our employees with the skills necessary to make decisions that are reasonable and just. We train officers to look at a situation and make decisions based on “should” I respond this way not “could” I respond this way. Trust by the people we protect is essential to our mission. We embrace the guardian mindset and hold our employees accountable. We recognize members of the community may have questions about the training our officers receive and address some of them below.
Policies create the foundation for all of our operations. We uses Lexipol, who provides fully developed, state-specific policies researched and written by subject matter experts and vetted by attorneys. Our policies are based on nationwide standards and best practices while also incorporating state and federal laws and regulations where appropriate. We utilize Lexipol’s Daily Training Bulletins to help personnel learn to apply policies and improve their ability to make well-reasoned decisions.
The policies listed here demonstrate our commitment to transparency and our community. Click to learn more.
Our policy manual is available by request. Please email email@example.com.
Online commendation and complaint forms can be found here.
In 2010, the We deployed body-worn cameras for patrol officers. Body-worn cameras result in better transparency and accountability and thus improve police legitimacy. The body-worn cameras are a tool in our problem solving approach to enhance officer safety and build community trust.
Augusta University Police utilize Axon™ body cameras to capture video of enforcement interactions with our community. Officers are required to keep their body worn cameras in good condition and ensure that they are operational before every shift. Each video is stored in compliance with O.C.G.A. § 50-18-96, which requires all videos to be retained for 180 days. Any video which is part of a criminal investigation, shows a vehicular accident, shows the detainment or arrest of an individual, shows a law enforcement officer's use of force, or such video contains evidence that is or can reasonably be anticipated to be necessary for pending litigation, shall be retained for 30 months.
Over the last year, there has been a significant amount of debate and inaccurate information regarding qualified immunity for police officers. The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police organized an educational video to inform the public about what qualified immunity is, and how it applies to police officers. Please take a minute of your time to follow the link to the public service announcement.
Police and citizens often come into contact with each other for reasons other than criminal investigation. In addition to providing protection and service to the community, Augusta University Police Department is a primary resource for public safety education. Click to learn more about each of our outreach initiatives.
A women's self defense course sponsored by Augusta University Police Department and certified by R.A.D. Systems.
A joint venture between Augusta University Police, Richmond County Sheriff's Department, and Richmond County School Systems Police to involve youth in law enforcement activities and career development.
A mobile safety app to help our students, staff and faculty stay safe and connected.
A course designed to teach the basics of firearm safety, ownership and legal considerations.
A program that provides a safe and open environment for discussions between our members and the community we protect.
A program to certify officers to professionally install and instruct parents in the use of child car seats.