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 Sept. 29, 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 will include activities for people of all ages.

"This annual event is a great opportunity for us to show the community all of the resources that are offered from our police department as well as many other campus partners," said Officer Nicole Quesenberry. "It's a fun social event where people can get to know our officers and learn important safety information."

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

  • Drunk Goggle Carts;
  • VIN etching;
  • DUI simulator;
  • Dunk-A-Cop;
  • Seatbelt convincer;
  • K-9 demonstrations;
  • Texting and Driving simulator (co-sponsored by the Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management); and
  • 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 lead demonstrations as well.

The Drillfield is located across the street from Burruss Hall at 800 Drillfield Dr. in Blacksburg. Free parking is available in the Perry Street lots and the Perry Street Parking Garage near Prices Fork Road with a visitor's pass. A visitor's pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located at 965 Prices Fork Road, near the intersection of of Prices Fork and University City Boulevard next to The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. A visitor's pass may also be obtained from the Virginia Tech Police Station, located on Sterrett Drive, outside of the Visitor Information Center hours. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200. 

More information is available on the Virginia Tech Police Department’s Facebook page.