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Behind the Badge

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Behind the Badge

Go behind the badge with our VTPD officers to learn some fun facts about them you may not have known!

Officer John Waid smiling and pointing to himself while outdoors with trees behind him

 

 

 

John Waid

Detective - Investigations unit

Hometown: White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

Favorite thing about Virginia Tech: Interacting with the community and the Virginia Tech therapy dogs.

Greatest achievement: That my son is such a great person.

Last show you binge-watched: I've watched pretty much every single episode of Dateline.

Favorite family tradition: Christmas at my parent's.

Best part about working for VTPD: I enjoy working with the community and the chance to learn about other cultures.

What are your go-to movie theater snacks?: Heavily buttered popcorn.

Do you have any pets?: A pitbull named BB, a doberman named Caesar, and two ferrets named Ursula and Pumpkin Pi.

What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on with no preparation?: Astronomy and coins.

Do you have any hidden talents?: Juggling, I can also throw a grape high in the air and catch it in my mouth. 

Head shot of Daniel Guilliams in VTPD uniform

 

 

 

Daniel Guilliams

Senior Officer - Community Service

Hometown: Rocky Mount, VA

Favorite thing about Virginia Tech: The sense of community

Greatest achievement: Marrying my wife and living the life!

Last show you binge-watched: Cobra Kai

Favorite family tradition: Everything dealing with Halloween

Best part about working for VTPD: Meeting new members of our community each year

What are your go-to movie theater snacks?: Buttery Popcorn is a must

Do you have any pets?: Layla Girl recently passed away but she will always be in our hearts

What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on with no preparation?: Anything dealing with Horror Movies or Halloween

Do you have any hidden talents?: Construction, I'm also a big-time "YouTubing" mechanic, and jack of all trades.

Composite photo of Zuka, a dark black dog

   

Zuka

Age: 3.5 years

Weight: 103 pounds

Birthplace: Liberec, Czech Republic

Favorite treat: Pup-peronis

Favorite toy: Kong toy

Favorite spot to take a nap: In his outdoor Kennel

When he is off duty, he likes to: Bark at the deer or play in the yard

His main responsibilities are: Narcotic detection, apprehension, and tracking

Describe Zuka in three words: Loyal, courageous, intimidating

Hometown: Ironto, Virginia 

Favorite thing about Virginia Tech: The numerous opportunities to meet new people from all over the United States and beyond

Greatest achievement: Successfully navigating the Law Enforcement Career for over 25 years

Last show you binge-watched: Longmire

Favorite family tradition: Annual beach trip with over 35 family members

Best part about working for VTPD: The opportunity to be an educator, mentor, and coach to young adults.

What are your go-to movie theater snacks?: Nonpareils

What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on with no preparation?: Threat Assessment

Do you have any hidden talents?: Driving in reverse

Headshot of Officers Pasquarell

 

 

 

 

Micah Pasquarell

Residence Life Resource Officer

2020 Virginia Tech Police Officer of the Year 

Hometown: In my heart, Roanoke or Chengdu, China, though neither are technically correct.

Favorite thing about Virginia Tech: Having great conversations with people from all over the world!

Greatest achievement: Completing R.C.I.A. in 2017.

Last movie you watched: The Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition Trilogy.

Favorite family tradition: Putting first things first on Sunday with family and friends.

Best part about working for VTPD: Working with amazing colleagues in a community that is at the heart of Hokie Nation.

What are your go-to movie theater snacks?: I've got family from Iowa, so popcorn. A lot of it. Bucket.

Do you have any pets? A plethora of domesticated wildlife grace the landscape, though our feline would argue she isn't domesticated. Beware of cat.

What topic could you give a 20-minute presentation on with no preparation?: Anyone who knows me knows I can't be limited to a 20-minute presentation on anything...

Do you have any hidden talents?: I'd say I can sing, but my family would probably beg to differ...