Two months ago, we told you about a program put on by Virginia Tech Police Department called "Life As A Police Officer".

We went back on Tuesday to check out one of the final courses.

It's an eight week mini-police academy that shows what officers go through on a daily basis.

The class is getting ready to wrap up, and one of the final exams is students getting hands-on experience behind the wheel of an actual police car.  

"We're running through an obstacle course, I think we have a traffic stop and then maybe a speedy traffic stop and from the people that were here this morning I'm hearing there might be a prize for the person who knocks over the most cones," said Vanessa Williams.

The class finishes their training next Tuesday.


Thirty-five faculty and staff members will learn what it’s like to be a police officer during a mini-police academy hosted this summer by the Virginia Tech Police Department.

The academy is May 20 - July 8 with classes meeting every Tuesday for three hours. Through a mix of classroom and hands-on activities students will 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 Virginia Tech Police 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 students drive a police car with lights and sirens through an obstacle course. Also, students will 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.

Graduates are awarded a certificate with awards given for top student performances during hands-on sessions.

The 2014 summer academy is full, but there are additional opportunities for those wishing to attend future police academies. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the fall and spring semester academies, but not on university time. Faculty and staff can attend the summer academy on university time, with supervisor approval. Another summer session is planned for 2015.

For more information on how to get involved in the class, click here or here.