The Virginia Tech Police Department’s Residence Life Resource Officer (RLRO) Program began in April 2011. The program consists of three police officers that patrol the residence halls and residence quads on foot and bike.

The program’s resource center is located on the first floor of Dietrick Hall with an exterior entrance on the east side. Students can contact resource officers by phone at 540-231-6102 or via the RLRONation Facebook page. 

Residence life resource officers attend staff meetings, lead educational programs, conduct walk-throughs in residence halls with resident advisors, assist in emergencies, and serve as mentors to students who have gone through the conduct process.

The officers work primarily night shift to provide maximum visibility in the residence and the dining halls and patrol the halls in both uniform and plainclothes. 

The officers are available to provide alcohol presentations in the residence halls as well as the Gotcha, R.A.D. and Fermented 500 programs.

  • The Gotcha Program has officers make rounds with resident advisor's to locate unlocked doors and place security notices on the doors. This is done as a reminder to the residents to keep doors locked to help reduce crime.
  • The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Program for female students, a comprehensive 12-hour course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. Officers can provide this program in the residence halls for groups of women that would like to take it together.
  • The Fermented 500 Program has the officers bring six drunk goggle pedal go-cart racers to the residence quads to help educate about the dangers of drinking and driving.

The resource officers also promote the Student's Police Academy and are willing to work with resident advisor's in developing new programs.

The Cops and Candy program is one example of how resource officers interact with students and residence life staff. As they distribute candy, they also pass along information on university alcohol and drug use policies.

RLRONation, a radio show that airs on Mondays, from 2-3:30 p.m. on WUVT 90.7FM or can be streamed online at, is another opportunity for the resource officers to interact with the Virginia Tech community.

The Residence Life Resource Officer Program received the 2013 Division of Student Affairs Partnership Award.

Residence Life Resource Officers:

Alexandra Gale, VTPD

Alexandra Gale

Officer Alex Gale

Joshua Ingo, Police Officer I.

Joshua Ingo

Officer Joshua Ingo

John E. Tarter

Officer John Tarter