The Virginia Tech Police Department is a full-service, nationally-accredited police agency that provides the same level of service offered by municipal police departments, as well as other services unique to an academic institution.
The department is responsible for the wellbeing of more than 50,000 students, employees, and visitors at Virginia Tech, 24-hours-a-day. The department works closely with administrators, students, and employees to create and maintain a secure atmosphere and oversees the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad.
The department employs 49 full-time sworn police officers as well as eight security guards, complemented by six security center representatives, along with administrative staff and wage Safe Ride drivers.
Officers have jurisdiction and legal authority on all university-owned property and the department shares jurisdiction with the Blacksburg Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and other local law enforcement agencies.
Police officers are assigned specific residence halls and visit with students and resident advisors regularly. Officers also visit administrative and academic buildings regularly.