Student/Employee Police Academy
Each year the Virginia Tech Police Department gives students and employees the opportunity to participate in a civilian Police Academy and learn more about the work the university's law enforcement officers do every day.
Through a mix of classroom and hands-on activities participants learn about safety and law enforcement procedures and tactics.
“The academy helps people get to know the police department and learn what officers do on a daily basis,” said Officer Daniel Guilliams with the department’s Community Services Unit. Guilliams coordinates the academy sessions, with assistance from several members of the police department to teach different topics.
One of the most popular sessions lets participants drive a police car with lights and sirens through an obstacle course. During the course, participants also investigate a mock crime scene and present their findings to the class.
Other sessions include officer safety, violence and crime prevention, terrorism awareness, tactical response, K-9 operations, weapon safety, and cybercrime.
- Faculty/Staff Police Academy (offered each summer)
- Student Police Academy (offered each fall/spring)
Applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2021 Faculty/Staff Police Academy.
After completing the application, an email will be sent out to those who have been accepted into the academy prior to the end of each semester. Once emails are received, email a response to Officer Daniel Guilliams as soon as possible due to space limitations.
The Faculty/Staff Police Academy is held each summer in May/June. The Summer 2021 Faculty/Staff Police Academy dates will be announced in Spring 2021.
The Fall 2020 Student Police Academy is now full. This semester's academy will be a hybrid of in-person and Zoom class instruction and have a limited amount of participants.
We are now accepting applications for Spring 2021 Student Police Academy.
After completing the application, an email will be sent out to those who have been accepted into the academy prior to the end of each semester. Once emails are recieved, email a response to Officer Daniel Guilliams as soon as possible due to space limitations.
The Spring 2021 Student Police Academy dates will be announced in late Fall 2020. Times and topics are subject to change.