NORFOLK -- The Old Dominion University police chief is pushing back against a growing wave of criticism from students, staff and community members concerned about the seemingly growing trend of violent crime on and around campus.
In an exclusive interview with 13News Now, Chief Rhonda Harris said the perception that crime has increased at ODU is wrong.
"I would say the perception is just not accurate," Harris said. "We've done the numbers. crime is down here. We've done a great job with maintaining and reducing crime here on campus."
Harris talked with investigative reporter Nick Ochsner after a school year in which students were warned about a number of robberies, multiple shootings and even an assault that left a sophomore dead.
Thursday night at 6, hear from an ODU staff member who doesn't feel safe on campus after she was the victim of a recent crime. We'll also tell you about one crime deterrent used by dozens of schools across the state, however, Chief Harris said it doesn't work and isn't widely used at ODU.