‘Inside UVA’: Police Chief Tim Longo Closes Out Season 2 of Podcast

May 26, 2023 By Jane Kelly, jak4g@virginia.edu Jane Kelly, jak4g@virginia.edu

Audio: ‘Inside UVA’: Police Chief Tim Longo Closes Out Season 2 of Podcast(27:14)

Meet the safety-focused man at the other end of those “Community Alert” notifications.


In his last podcast of the season, University of Virginia President Jim Ryan asked his guest, UVA Chief of Police Tim Longo, a simple question: When does the chief decide to send the community an email alert?

“When I make the decision to send an alert, it’s because it’s a place where I know our students live, it’s a crime, a serious crime that’s just happened, and that it could present an ongoing threat to them,” Longo said.

The chief said sometimes he will hear from people saying the information was really “scant. There’s a lot of unknowns.”

“Oftentimes, the incident just occurred and there’s not much information, particularly suspect information, to give,” he said. Still, if the area where the offense occurred is known to have a student population, Longo said, he wants to get the information out there.

The University just announced plans to automatically enroll students, faculty and staff in UVA Alerts text messaging this weekend to provide quick notice of imminent threat.

In addition to being the chief of police, Longo is the associate vice president for safety and security. “He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Law School, where he teaches ‘Police Use of Force,’ and guest-lectures in a host of other programs related to the criminal justice system,” Ryan explained.

Ryan asked Longo to talk about the changes in policing he has witnessed over his career. One, Longo said, is the deterioration of relations between police and the community.

To hear Longo’s thoughts on how to bridge that gap and how things are going with the recently formed Community Safety Working Group on reducing gun violence, tune into “Inside UVA,” which is streamed on most podcast apps, including Apple PodcastsSpotify and Google Podcasts.

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