Vols experience KPD training exercises

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Just like on gameday, the Vols filled three buses and arrived with a police escort to their destination.

And while speed, agility, and tackles were witnessed, what the Vols did Friday afternoon was far from a game.

"This is our third year to do training day with the University of Tennessee football team," Knoxville police chief David Rausch said.

Training day. No footballs. No weights with this one.

From simulating a high speed chase in a police car, to getting tackled by one of the department's K-9s, to a sniper demonstration, the Vols experienced it all.

The main objective of the day is to strengthen the relationship between two of the communities most visual elements.

"Just to have that opportunity for them to interact with law enforcement to see that we're not Robo Cops, that we're humans. I think that that's important," Rausch said. "So they see that they're dealing with somebody just like you."

For senior quarterback Justin Worley, Friday was his third time out to the Phil Keith Training Facility located in East Knoxville.

"You kinda see these guys (police officers) driving around," quarterback Justin Worley said. "You don't understand what they go thru on a daily basis. A lot of it is similar to what we do with physical training and team work building."

Since UT began the program with the KPD, Chief Rausch says results have been seen.

"We don't see as many conflicts as in the past with the law enforcement and any of the athletes. That's because of these types of activities."


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