Each year the Virginia Tech Police Department gives students and employees the opportunity to participate in 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 Outreach Unit. Guilliams coordinates the academy, which uses 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.

To apply, employees should fill out the
online application. Applicants who are selected for the Faculty/Staff Police Academy will be notified by email.


The Faculty/Staff Police Academy is held each summer in May/June. Exact dates will be posted when they become available.

To apply, students should complete the online 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 Student Police Academy will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from Feb. 5-Mar. 26.