Tech community members gathered Sunday to spend quality time with officers at the second annual Virginia Tech Police Department Community Day.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 100 people attended the event on the Drillfield for demonstrations, activities and free food.
Throughout the day there were opportunities for members of the community to observe K9 demonstrations, soak officers in a dunk tank, simulate driving while texting or under the influence and participate in a doughnut eating contest.
VTPD Community Day changed things up this year by having the event fall on Parent's Weekend, as well as during an open house for prospective students.
Junior finance and accounting major, Kylie Gilbert, attended the event with her mother, who was in town for parent's weekend.
"My mom wanted to go to it and we did all the activities," Gilbert said. "She absolutely loved it, she thought it was very cool to see all the different pieces of emergency response out there and their demonstrations."
According to Gilbert, the event is an important part of community development on campus.
It shows "the Virginia Tech community the things that the emergency response teams do… and breaks down the barrier between what people think of as 'scary cops' and the average community member," Gilbert said.
People were also invited to drive their cars directly onto the Drillfield to get their car VIN-etched by state police, which reduces the chance of theft. Officer Nicole Quesenberry of VTPD coordinated the event as a chance for students to meet and interact with officers.
"It almost felt like a block party," Gilbert said. "You just hung out for a while — it was really fun and the people were really nice."
Gilbert thinks first-year students would benefit the most from this event.
"The emergency response teams are so integral in our community," Gilbert said. "They would benefit a lot (by being) introduced to the people that help keep us safe. It's cool to see different sides of it and get a better understanding of it.
"In general, people feel kind of intimidated by police officers, but if people are afraid of them that's not good," Gilbert said. "The VTPD officers that I know are a few of my favorite people on this campus and they really love their jobs."