The Administrative Division is responsible for all police administrative services and manages the more than 1,000 incident based reports generated annually by the Patrol Division and furnishes crime analyses, ensures compliance with national accreditation and other legal standards, and oversees the training of all sworn officers, dispatchers, security officers, wage, and civilian employees. This division also ensures compliance with the best practices set forth by the Virginia Crime Commission.
This division oversees the:
- Community Services Unit,
- Residence Life Resource Office Program,
- Safe Ride Program; and,
- Virginia Tech's annual Campus Safety and Security Report (required by the Clery Act).
The Operations Division is responsible for all police services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Assigned to one of four shifts, patrol officers handle emergency situations, criminal complaints, traffic enforcement, and other service needs.
The division is comprised of not only patrol officers but also detectives in the investigations unit. Security center representatives and security officers provide assistance to the division and more than 20,000 calls for service annually.
Patrol shifts utilize a variety of policing options that provide ultimate maneuverability and increased presence, which allows officers to effectively interact with students and employees.
In addition to marked patrol vehicles, officers patrol on foot and on bicycles. These options, in addition to other available resources, allow officers to effectively serve and protect the campus community.
The Investigations Unit consists of a detective lieutenant, a detective sergeant, and six plain clothes detectives. This unit is responsible for investigating all reported crimes and suspicious circumstances reported to the department. The unit also conducts preliminary employment background investigations, threat assessment inquiries, and forensic evidence recovery and crime scene processing/management. Detectives work diligently with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies gathering and sharing information to solve reported crimes.They also work very closely with the other divisions to promote the department's outreach efforts, educational programs, and public safety initiatives.
The department has three K-9/officer teams. In addition to performing patrol duties on campus, the dogs sweep Lane Stadium and other locations before home football games and other special events. The teams also give demonstrations at several Virginia Tech events every year.