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Welcome to the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy web site. I hope you will find this site useful and informative.

Our Academy has been preparing individuals for careers in law enforcement, corrections, civil process, and court security since 1965. In our 50-year proud history of providing excellence in law enforcement training, thousands of our graduates have gone on to successful law enforcement careers and have distinguished themselves by performing at the highest levels of our profession.

Our Academy is governed by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of the chief administrative officers, police chiefs, and sheriffs from each Academy member agency. The Executive Director oversees the day-to-day operations of the Academy. The Academy receives funding from the state and from the agencies supporting the Academy, based on a formula related to the total sworn population of its members. Our participating agencies continue to place a premium on high quality law enforcement training as evidenced by their ongoing and significant resource allocations to the Academy through funding and staffing contributions.

The Academy serves seventeen participating law enforcement agencies: the Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Sheriff's Office, Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff's Office, City of Fairfax Police Department, City of Falls Church Police Department, City of Falls Church Sheriff's Office, George Mason University Police Department, Leesburg Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Manassas City Police Department, Manassas Park City Police Department, Middleburg Police Department, Northern Virginia Community College Police, Purcellville Police Department, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Police and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police. The current sworn officer population exceeds 2700 personnel.

The Academy staff is comprised of highly skilled and dedicated law enforcement trainers who are committed to providing the highest quality training to our member agency personnel. The staff in the Basic Training Section consists of sworn officers and deputy sheriffs from the participating agencies who work under the supervision of full-time Academy staff members. Each trainer serves a minimum of three years before returning to his or her department. A teaching position at the Academy is coveted and highly regarded. Once assigned, each staff member is provided additional training to enhance the basis of his or her experiential knowledge.

Officers from participating agencies continue their law enforcement training through In-Service, Supervisory, and Command Staff training courses. Over 130 classes are offered to veteran officers each year. Instructors certified by the State of Virginia, the federal government or nationally recognized trainers teach these courses and are selected based on their expertise and mastery of the subject matter. Areas of instruction include patrol topics, investigations, corrections, forensics, traffic, Constitutional and criminal law, use of force, terrorism, defensive tactics, wellness, leadership & management, ethics, as well as numerous other specialized courses.

Our Academy continues to be a leader in providing exceptional training to public-safety personnel. We continuously research, design, and implement the most effective, up-to-date, and most realistic training possible. The Academy provides eLearning and web-based training programs, state-of-the-art firearms and driving simulators, and has added the best of other new technologies into many of its programs in order to remain in the forefront of public-safety training. We are particularly proud of the fact that our Academy was the third academy in the United States to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In each of the successive 3-year accreditation cycles since then (2007, 2010, and 2013), the Academy was reaccredited and each time was awarded additional recognition for its successful achievements.  In 2007 and 2010, the Academy was named a CALEA Flagship Agency. The Flagship Agency program was created to acknowledge the achievement and expertise of some of the most successful CALEA Accredited public safety agencies and to provide "flagship examples" to assist other agencies.  In 2011, CALEA announced the establishment of a new award, Accreditation with Excellence, to replace the Flagship designation.  In 2013, the Academy received the Accreditation with Excellence Award which recognizes agencies that successfully employ accreditation to set the benchmark for public safety professionalism.  National accreditation, and the additional designation as a Flagship Agency and as a recipient of the Accreditation with Excellence Award, remains a major source of pride for our Academy as it validates the high quality of our programs, processes, and procedures. We believe this commitment to excellence will continue to provide our agency personnel with the best law enforcement training available.

The Academy's Board of Directors and its training staff remain committed to providing professional and high quality training to the deputy sheriffs and police officers from our participating agencies so that they can better serve the public-safety needs of all residents in our communities. We welcome and encourage feedback from our student population regarding the quality of all of our training programs so that we can continue to improve our courses and provide the very best and most needed training classes. Please consider completing the on-line quality survey and feel free to contact any member of our staff if you have questions or need additional information.

The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy is a proud partner with the Fairfax County and Prince William County Criminal Justice Academies.

David Vice
Executive Director


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