Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, as well as the general public are invited to learn more about the university’s award winning police department on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

About 250 people are expected to attend the free event, which will take place on Virginia Tech's Drillfield and include activities for people of all ages.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive activities, including

  • Texting and driving simulator;
  • VIN etching;
  • Dunk-a-Cop;
  • K-9 demonstrations;
  • Donut eating contest;
  • Car seat installation.

A texting and driving simulator will allow participants to measure the difference in their reaction time when they’re behind the wheel while texting and driving.

Certified child passenger safety technicians will be on hand to inspect child safety seats. Technicians will also check for recalls and defects, and can provide advice on many child passenger safety issues.

The event will also include free food and prizes. 

Several community organizations will be on hand to share information and talk with participants about their organizations. The Virginia Tech Rescue Squad, Blacksburg Fire Department, and Carillion Lifeguard (helicopter) crew will have ongoing demonstrations throughout the day. 

The Virginia Tech Police Department’s Dive Team and K-9 Team will also lead demonstrations. The Office of Emergency Management will provide preparedness information.

The Drillfield is located across the street from Burruss Hall at 800 Drillfield Dr. in Blacksburg. Parking on campus during the weekend is free.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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