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Published:April 18th, 2007 12:02 EST
The FBI's Role at Virginia Tech

The FBI's Role at Virginia Tech

By SOP newswire

Our role in the aftermath of the April 16 shootings on the Virginia Tech campus, which have claimed more than 30 lives, continues to be a supporting one: assisting local and state law enforcement on the scene.

The lead investigative agency in the case is the Virginia Tech Police, which is being assisted by the Virginia State Police. Our Richmond Division is working with these and other agencies to provide help wherever it is needed.

Working with the Department of Justice, the FBI is also offering victim-witness specialists through the Office for Victim Assistance to work with and provide personal assistance to family and survivor members both in the area and across the country. 

“The FBI will do everything it can to provide any additional assistance requested by state and local authorities,” FBI spokesman Rich Kolko said on Tuesday.


  • Our Criminal Justice Information Services division recently issued a synopsis of crime in schools and colleges, which is based on data reported to our Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The study, which has not yet been released, covers the five-year period from 2000 to 2004. The objective of the study was to examine the characteristics of offenders and arrestees involved in crimes at schools and colleges. For details, see Synopsis of Crime in Schools and Colleges
  • FBI behavioral analyst Supervisory Special Agent Mary Ellen O'Toole last fall offered insights into school shootings. Read more
  • The White House last September convened a Conference on School Safety. The resources deal with helping schools and communities prepare for and prevent school violence and cope with and respond to instances of violence. The list also includes statistics and research on school safety.
  • The National Center for Education Statistics “Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2006” report covers topics such as victimization, fights, bullying, disorder, weapons, student perceptions of school safety, teacher injury, and drugs and alcohol. Indicators of crime and safety are compared across different population subgroups and over time.

Anyone with information that may be helpful to investigators of the Virginia Tech shootings can submit a tip electronically on this website or contact your local FBI office or the police agencies investigating the case.