L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Wilder School Lunch and Learn - Community-Engaged Policing: A Discussion with VCU Chief of Police

John Venuti
John Venuti

In this virtual session, John Venuti, VCU police chief and associate vice president for public safety, will discuss how policing has changed since 2020 in the wake of the George Floyd murder. He will also dissect the significant differences between municipal law enforcement and campus law enforcement as well as discuss a model for the future of policing, “Policing with a Purpose.” The session will be moderated by Chernoh Wurie, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice.

When: Noon-1 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 17
Where: Via Zoom; link emailed to registrants

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About the speaker

VCU Chief of Police John Venuti provides institutional public safety oversight and strategy for VCU and VCU Health. He advises the university and health system leadership and partners with the local community on a wide variety of institutional safety, policy and compliance matters as well as emergency response and planning.

Under Venuti’s leadership, the VCU Police Department has prioritized partnership, collaboration, customer service and engagement. The department has been accredited with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators since 2010, was the first campus law enforcement agency in Virginia to be designated a certified crime prevention campus, the first in Virginia to implement the “You Have Options” program designed to increase reporting of sexual assault and the first agency in the Richmond area to implement body-worn cameras for officers.

About the moderator

Chernoh Wurie, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, was a sworn police officer for more than 10 years with the Prince William County Police Department. While there, he was a patrol officer, crisis intervention team member, police mentor, crime scene technician and police planner. He also completed police training courses such as crisis intervention training, criminal investigations training, basic police crime scene photography, police planners training and crime scene technician. He has co-authored other publications and wrote “Impact: A Compilation of Positive Police Encounters,” published in 2013. Wurie completed his first textbook, “Introduction to Policing: Perceptions versus Reality,” published in 2019. He is the chair of the Henrico, Virginia, police chief’s advisory board.