BLACKSBURG, Va., March 12, 2007 – The Virginia Tech Police Department has increased its presence on campus, having recently opened a new satellite office on the first floor of War Memorial Gym.
The new office will serve a variety of functions, not the least of which is to build stronger relationships between the department and members of the university community.
“We hope the activity and presence of the new satellite office will further strengthen the relationships we have with the students, faculty, and staff we serve,” said Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum. “To better serve our community, we need to be as visible and accessible as possible. This new satellite office will help us do that.”
First opened as a pilot project in November, the new location was fully operational at the start of the spring semester. The office is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and has become the headquarters of the Police Department’s bicycle patrol, which operates on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We’re working to make this new office an asset to the community,” said Flinchum. “Individuals will be able to do many things there, including filing a report, registering a bicycle, picking up a visitor’s parking pass, or simply stopping by to ask a question or talk with an officer.”
In addition, the department installed a telephone hotline that connects directly to police headquarters in the Sterrett Complex.
Capt. Vince Houston will supervise daily operations of the new satellite office. Officers working out of the office at War Memorial Gym can be reached at 231-2268 or 231-6788.
In the event of an emergency, please call 911.