Virginia Tech Police Department

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Virginia Tech Police
Logo of the Virginia Tech Police.
Motto Ut Prosim (that I may serve)
Agency overview
Formed 1945
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Legal jurisdiction Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
General nature
Operational structure
Sworn members 52
Agency executive Wendell Flinchum, Chief
Specialty unitss Investigative Division, Community Outreach Unit, K9 Unit, Emergency Response Team

The Virginia Tech Police Department (VTPD) is a nationally accredited police department with jurisdiction over Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The departments original accreditation with CALEA was awarded on November 18, 1995 and the department was reaccredited most recently on November 18, 2006.[1]

The department is based in the Sterrett Facilities Complex, building 0523, located on campus behind Lane Stadium. A satellite office is located in the first floor of War Memorial Gym near the center of campus. The satellite office grew out of a pilot project launched in November 2006 and became fully operational at the beginning of the Spring 2007 semester. The office is staffed Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm and is also the headquarters of the campus bicycle patrol.[2]

The department has 49 full-time sworn officers who are complemented in their duties by 9 dispatchers and numerous security personnel.[3] The department's investigations unit consists of four detectives and a detective sergeant, and one officer assigned to the New River Regional Drug Task Force.[4] The force is headed by Chief Wendell Flinchum.

VTPD officers have jurisdiction and legal authority on all university-owned property and work closely and share jurisdiction with the Blacksburg Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies.

Virginia Tech President Charles Steger and Virginia governor Tim Kaine thank Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum and the Virginia Tech first responders for their work during the Virginia Tech massacre.

The force came to world attention in April 2007, following the Virginia Tech massacre.

Beyond general law enforcement, the department provides services including Rape Aggression Defense classes, the Student's Police Academy, the Campus Citizens Emergency Response Team (CCERT), Child Seat Installation & Education, and fingerprinting for background and security clearance checks.

Chief Flinchum[edit]

Wendell Flinchum is chief of the department.[5] He is a native of Blacksburg and has spent his entire career with the Virginia Tech police beginning part-time in 1983 while a student at Virginia Tech. He has worked as a safety escort, a dispatcher, a patrol officer and a detective. He joined the department full time in 1985. He also trained at the FBI National Academy. Flinchum was named chief over 90 candidates.[5][6][7]


  1. ^ "CALEA database". CALEA Online. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Tech Police Department opens satellite office in War Memorial Gym". Virginia Tech News. 2007-03-12. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  3. ^ "Patrol Division". Virginia Tech Police. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Investigations Unit". Virginia Tech Police. 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  5. ^ a b Moore, Martha T. (2007-04-17). "2nd crisis in year for police chief". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  6. ^ "Virginia Tech police chief praised for calm leadership". CNN. April 17, 2007. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  7. ^ "Tech police chief studying up on his job". Roanoke Times. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 

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