New police chief brings more than 25 years in law enforcement and a fresh perspective to campus

Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Longwood’s new chief of police, who today took the reins of the Longwood University Police Department.

Angela Comer, who was selected after a nationwide search, is a decorated law enforcement officer with more than 25 years of experience in community policing who has recently breathed new life into the law enforcement division of a prominent state agency.

“Angela is the kind of leader who naturally embraces Longwood’s mission of developing citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to society,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Cameron Patterson ’10, M.S. ’17, whose office oversees the university’s police department. “A defining through-line in her career that stood out to us was her ability to bring different people together to form safer communities. She’s done that at every level and at every command post, and is poised to bring that to bear here at Longwood.”

Comer previously was a captain with Virginia’s Department of Wildlife Resources, where she managed Internal Affairs, Compliance and Leadership Development for the law enforcement division. Before that, she spent the majority of her career in the Arlington County Police Department, rising from patrol officer and school resource officer to lieutenant overseeing the property crimes division. Comer holds a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics from George Mason University and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Troy University. She is also a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

At Longwood, she is leading a professional police department accredited by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. The department of fully sworn officers has concurrent jurisdiction with the Town of Farmville Police Department and works closely with the town and the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Department on a range of law enforcement issues.

“I’m excited to get to know the LUPD staff,” Comer said. “I’m committed to providing the necessary resources so our existing officers achieve their career goals, and to recruiting the next generation of police officers. In my career I’ve benefited from police leadership who supported my ambitions and opened up doors for me. It’s a key role of a police chief, and I’m looking forward to stepping into that position.”

Comer’s varied background in law enforcement has led her to a perspective that puts people first.

“My philosophy in policing has always been to serve,” said Comer. “In fact, I prefer to lead with words like engagement and partnership rather than policing. When law enforcement is present and engaged and we put ourselves in the position to be a part of a community rather than separate from the people we serve, we are all safer and more secure. I’m looking forward to meeting students, faculty, staff, parents, town and county partners, and a whole host of other folks.”

“In many ways, this position represents the reasons I got into law enforcement in the first place: the opportunity to affect lives in a positive way, to be an integral part in making a safe community, and the opportunity to mentor and educate,” she said. “My time in the classroom shaped my life powerfully, and being a part of that atmosphere has been a career goal of mine.”

Throughout her tenure in Arlington, Comer developed a reputation as a fair-minded leader who drew on her family’s history to propel an ongoing conversation about the role of police in the Northern Virginia community. Her father, Irving Comer, was the first Black police officer in Arlington County, and he left a legacy that has informed Angela Comer’s life and career.

“There’s no denying that I have a distinct lens through which I interact with the community around me,” said Comer. “I am a Black female in a predominately male profession and a profession that hasn’t always had a positive relationship with Black and other minority communities. But that puts me in a unique position to show people who look like me that policing doesn’t have to be what they’ve traditionally experienced, and that success in the profession is attainable. My experience serving the diverse Arlington County community and Department of Wildlife Resources constituents is no less important, which I will leverage to serve the Longwood community responsively and equitably.”

Not one to shy away from tough conversations, Comer is eager to engage in open and respectful exchanges of ideas with the campus community.

“It’s through the tough conversations that we grow,” she said. “I’ve always looked at them as an opportunity to learn from others, to express my point of view and to build consensus.”

During a lengthy interview process, Comer met with a panel of current police chiefs at Virginia universities, led by the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, where she garnered praise for her impeccable service record and willingness to push the law enforcement community forward.

During her 24-year tenure in Arlington County, Comer spent six years as a detective in the special victims unit, where she investigated sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence, stalking and harassment cases. One of those cases, a high-profile cyber-stalking case that resulted in a seven-year sentence for the suspect, garnered national media attention and earned her the 2013 Arlington County Crime Solvers’ Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award.

Early in her career in Arlington, Comer served as the School Resource Officer Unit team leader, where she spearheaded the development of modern school safety plans and managed security at a variety of events.

“I’ve always enjoyed being around young people,” she said. “The great thing about young people is that they always bring new perspectives to the way things are done. I like that they don’t think the way we do and aren’t afraid to speak their minds—we can all learn from that. That’s one of the great things about being in college: you start to develop the foundation of who you are. It’s a time when people can make mistakes and learn to take risks. I see myself as a resource in that time of growth while keeping the guardrails of law enforcement up.”

Sign up for safety alerts via text

I thought today’s post would also be a good time to let parents know again that they can sign up for text alerts that are sent out as part of Longwood’s emergency alerts platform.

To sign up for text alerts, just text LUALERTS to 226787. This will enter your mobile phone number into the system, and you will receive all text message alerts that are sent out. These are the same alerts that go out to students.

For all other notifications, you—and your student—can download the new Longwood Ready app. It’s free and can be found in your app store by searching “Longwood Ready.” The app has an array of helpful safety information and features, including Friend Walk, which allows you to virtually “walk your student” to their destination.

If you have trouble downloading the Longwood Ready app, please email, and we’ll do our best to help you solve the problem. (Be sure to turn on notifications once you’ve downloaded Longwood Ready.)

—Sabrina Brown

Perfect Timing: Family Weekend is set for Sept. 15-16

Family Weekend is set for Sept. 15-16 this year, and it’s no coincidence that it happens just about a month after the start of the fall semester.

By that time, some of you may be missing your student after having them at home over the summer. Or you may be wondering how they’re adjusting if they’re new to Longwood. Family Weekend is the perfect cover story—I mean, opportunity—to come back to Longwood for a visit because lots of other parents will be here, too. (You can also get another couple of hugs to last you until fall break, which is set for Oct. 5-6 this year).

And you won’t have any trouble finding something to do. Family Weekend has a full slate of activities for Friday evening and all day Saturday, including the free Heart of Virginia Festival on Sept. 16, which takes place right in Longwood’s front yard and the surrounding area.

Family Weekend registration is $25 per person (Longwood students and children age 5 and under attend free). Most of the activities are covered in the registration fee. For an additional cost, you can also sign up for a pottery class with a faculty member, a paint party and/or a psychic/mentalist performance. For all the details and the weekend’s full schedule click here.

Family Weekend Highlights

—Evening Reception with Members of the Longwood University President’s Council
—Game Night, Featuring Bingo, Family Feud and Trivia
—Continental Breakfast
—Campus Involvement Talks
—Heart of Virginia Festival
—Men’s Soccer Game vs. Saint Francis University
—Longwood Music Showcase
—Saturday Night Entertainment with the Evasons

Accommodations, Etc.

You’ll find information about local accommodations, restaurants, attractions and more on the Family Weekend website.


You can register online or in person from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at the Upchurch University Center.

We hope to see you here next month!

—Sabrina Brown

Family Weekend is not funded by state funds, tuition or state fees. Family Weekend is an independent and self-supporting activity for families and friends of the university.

Instructions for package and local merchant deliveries to campus

Today’s post focuses on how to successfully send a package or have items delivered from local merchants to students living in Longwood-managed housing. Instructions for students living in residence halls and apartments are below.

Please remember that no deliveries from local merchants (flowers, food, groceries, etc.) can be accepted at the Longwood post office, at the front desk of residence halls or apartment complexes, or at your student’s floor or room in a residence hall, Longwood Landings or Lancer Park North and South buildings.

Main Campus Residence Halls and Longwood Landings Deliveries

Traditional Package Deliveries

Use your student’s PO Box number for traditional mail and package deliveries (USPS, UPS and FedEx, for example). Your student should have received this information at Orientation, and it’s available to them through their account at

Local Merchant Deliveries (flowers, food, groceries, etc.)

When ordering items from local merchants that are being delivered to campus, please provide the merchant/delivery service with your student’s physical building address, which can be found below.

For every order, please also provide a contact number where the merchant/delivery person can reach your student to coordinate a meeting place for the delivery.

Physical Building Addresses
Building Name Street Address
Johns Hall 401 South Main Street
Moss Hall 315 South Main Street
Register Hall 508 Vine Street
Sharp Hall 507 Redford Street
Stubbs Hall 306 Griffin Blvd
Wheeler Hall 114 Griffin Blvd
Longwood Landings
Landings — Northeast 120 S. South Street, Apt. #___
Landings — Northwest 120 Midtown Avenue, Apt. #___
Landings — Southeast 150 S. South Street, Apt. #___
Landings — Southwest 121 Midtown Avenue, Apt. #___

Lancer Park Deliveries 

For all package and local merchant deliveries, residents should use their standard mailing address, which includes an apartment number and street address. This includes packages being delivered by USPS, UPS and FedEx as well as flowers, meals, groceries and other items being delivered by local merchants. Your student’s address is available to them through their account at

For every order made through a local merchant, please also provide a contact number where the merchant/delivery person can reach your student to coordinate a meeting place for the delivery.

No deliveries can be accepted at the Brown Commons front desk.  Floor-level deliveries are not permitted in Lancer Park North or South buildings. However, local merchants are permitted to make deliveries to other residences at Lancer Park (other than North or South buildings).

—Sabrina Brown

Get Moving! Helpful info about move-in this month

For students living on campus, move-in is less than two weeks away!

Freshmen will move in Aug. 16-17; continuing students in main campus residence halls and apartments, Aug. 18-20; transfer and readmitted students, Aug. 17-20.

Student-athletes, student employees, international students, students in the Cormier Honors College and other special student groups may have different move-in schedules. Members of these groups who have an early move-in date will receive that information from their group leaders.

All other students who will be living in Longwood-managed housing in the coming year should have already received specific information about their individual move-in schedule and instructions via email.

You can also find general information online from the Office of Residential and Commuter Life here.

Please keep these things in mind …

Smoke-Free Policy
Please observe Longwood’s smoke-free policy. Smoking is permitted only in designated smoking areas on campus.

—Arrive at your designated move-in time.
—Plan to report to the lobby or check-in location of your assigned residence hall.

Staff will verify your student’s room assignment and identity. (Your student will need to provide photo  identification.) Staff will then will provide you with keys and other check-in material.  If you have made arrangements/ordered in advance, student IDs and parking permits will also be issued.

Parking Do’s and Don’ts
—Parking regulations are in effect year-round.
—Do not park on the grass.
—Move unloaded vehicles immediately to the appropriate student parking area. You can find your designated parking area here. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page.) In addition, personnel will be providing directions to your designated parking area as you exit the unloading area at your student’s residence hall or other Longwood-managed housing.
—Vehicles that park on campus anywhere other than their designated parking areas will be ticketed and/or towed.

—Do not drag personal belongings or university furniture across the floors in the residence halls. Please respect the hard work of our housekeeping staff.
All Longwood issued room furniture must stay in the assigned room/apartment.

Maintenance and Housekeeping
Report any maintenance or housekeeping needs online with a work order.

All cardboard should be crushed and taken outside to the designated recycling sites (look for the large dumpsters).
Do not obstruct the walkways or stairways with your personal belongings or trash. Think fire and personal injury prevention!

—Sabrina Brown