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.
The department is located at 330 Sterrett Drive, building 0523, in the Public Safety Building 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. This office is not staffed full-time and is also the headquarters of the campus bicycle patrol.
The department has 52 full-time sworn officers who are complemented in their duties by 9 dispatchers and numerous security personnel. The department's investigations unit consists of a detective lieutenant and four detectives. One detective is assigned to the New River Regional Drug Task Force and another is assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. The force is headed by Chief Kevin Foust.
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.
The force came to world attention in April 2007, following the Virginia Tech massacre.