04/20/2007

Campus Police Chief: Calm chief leads Va. Tech in storm

By Greg Edwards
Richmond Times-Dispatch 
 
Flinchum, a veteran police officer, has a reputation for fairness, cool composure 

BLACKSBURG -  Virginia Tech Police Chief Wendell Flinchum, who stepped into an international spotlight this week, grew up in the Blacksburg area and in the Tech police force.

Flinchum, now in his mid-40s, joined the Tech force as a student in 1983 and quit school to become a full-time officer two years later.

His fellow law-enforcement professionals have good things to say about the quiet, low-key Flinchum, who this week is carrying the weight of two Monday shootings in which 32 people were killed.

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