By Cadet Mackenzie Morris ’18
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets joined forces with the Virginia Tech Police Department’s SWAT Team and the Blacksburg Volunteer Rescue Squad to help train in riot control scenarios.
Approximately 80 cadets from 3rd Battalion participated in this operation to help prepare first-responders to react in such events. Cadets volunteered as both the “aggressors” and “operation control” in these scenarios.
“Training and learning from the Virginia Tech Police Department SWAT Team was an excellent opportunity for 3rd Battalion cadets,” said Cadet Jack Tully ’18, the spring semester’s 3rd Battalion executive officer. His job is to plan and execute training for the battalion, in addition to assisting the battalion commander in his duties.
“We had the chance to do hands-on riot control training to help prepare the officers for their missions. In addition, this allowed us to work with the officers that serve our community and keep us safe,” Tully said. “We hope we have an opportunity to train with them in the future.”
Virginia Tech police always are willing to coordinate educational activities with cadets, such as offering tours of their facilities or speaking about their experiences in class settings. Most recently, an officer who also volunteers with Blacksburg Rescue briefed Kilo Battery on topics ranging from use of tourniquets to quick medical care.
Cadets plan to help with similar police trainings in the future.