Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy

917 Central Avenue, Salem, VA 24153

Established in 1983, Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy strives to provide the highest quality training to criminal justice professionals. its purpose is to provide entry-level , in-service and specialized training to…


Phone: 540-375-3095

Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy

3045 Lee Highway, Weyers Cave, VA 24486

The Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy is a Certified Criminal Justice Training Academy under the authority of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Its mission of the Central…


Phone: 540-234-9191

Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy

1200 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA 24504

The Academy was created in 1975 pursuant to the Code of Virginia by joint action of local government entities throughout the Southside, Piedmont and Central Virginia Planning Districts. The purpose…


Phone: 434-455-6190

Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy

1080 Sentry Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23323

The Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy is certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS). The mission of the Academy is to provide the highest quality of training to…


Phone: 757-382-1525

Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy

6130 County Drive, Disputanta, VA 23842

The Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy has been meeting and exceeding the full service training needs of individuals and agencies in the Central/South Central region of Virginia since 1975. We…


Phone: 804-722-9742

DEA Academy

P.O. Box 1475, Quantico, VA 22124

The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Office of Training is to develop, deliver and advocate preeminent law enforcement and non-law enforcement training to DEA personnel and appropriate federal,…


Phone: 703-632-5000

Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy

14601 Lee Road, Chantilly, VA 20151

Welcome to the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy. Our mission is to provide the residents of Fairfax County with the most highly trained, competent, capable and professional law enforcement officers….


Phone: 703-449-7200

FBI Academy

Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA 22134

The FBI Academy is located on 547 acres on a Marine Corps base in Quantico, Virginia about 40 miles south of Washington, D.C. Much of the FBI’s training takes place…


Phone: 703-632-1000

Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy

805 City Center Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606

The mission of the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy is to furnish the highest achievable level of professional criminal justice training and other related services to our partner organizations.


Phone: 757-591-9059

Henrico County Sheriff’s Basic Training Academy

7701 E. Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23294

The Henrico County Sheriff’s Office provides the most intense and comprehensive jail, court security and civil process training program in the Commonwealth for its deputy sheriffs. The Henrico County Sheriff’s…


Phone: 804-501-7261

New River Criminal Justice Training Academy

601 Marcy Road, Dublin, VA 24084

The New River Criminal Justice Training Academy is one of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s ten regional academies providing a wide variety of criminal justice programs for local law enforcement officers,…


Phone: 540-674-5846

Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy

45299 Research Place, Ashburn, VA 20147

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…


Phone: 703-729-4299

Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy

1024 DuPont Road, Martinsville, VA 24112

The Piedmont Criminal Justice Training Academy is one of ten regional academies in the State of Virginia serving law enforcement, jail, civil process, courtroom security and dispatchers since 1997. It…


Phone: 276-634-4525

Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy

13101 Public Safety Drive, Nokesville, VA 20181

The Criminal Justice Academy, under the direction of Captain W.M. Cox, Sr., is responsible for all basic, in-service and leadership criminal justice training for the Prince William County Police Department…


Phone: 703-792-6599

Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy

3630 Lee Hill Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Welcome to The Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy website. We are a Virginia regional training academy with campuses in Fredericksburg and Middletown which trains basic and Law Enforcement Officers, Jail…


Phone: 540-371-2875

Richmond Police Academy

1202 W. Graham Road, Richmond, VA 23220

Situated on the campus of Virginia Union University, the Richmond Police Training Academy is a service-oriented unit whose primary function is to provide high quality training for police recruits, veteran…


Phone: 804-646-6117

Roanoke County Criminal Justice Academy

5401 Barnes Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24019

The Roanoke County Criminal Justice Academy was established in September, 2007, as a certified full service academy through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice. It was a product crafted from…


Phone: 540-777-8697

Roanoke Police Academy

5401 Barns Avenue Ste. B, Roanoke, VA 24019

The Training Academy is governed by and adheres to the Department’s Vision Statement, the Department’s Values Statement and the Department’s Mission Statement. Additionally, the Training Academy staff realizes it is…


Phone: 540-853-2649

Southwest Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy

330 Bonham Road, Bristol, VA 24201

Established in 1972 and presently located in Bristol, Virginia, SVCJTA provides professional training to the member agencies of Southwest Virginia. SVCJTA offers two Basic Law Enforcement Schools and two Jail…


Phone: 276-645-3700

Virginia Beach Law Enforcement Training Academy

411 Integrity Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

The Law Enforcement Training Academy has been host to several outside agencies offering the law enforcement community a variety of training. This training has consisted of Front line leadership workshops,…


Phone: 757-385-6354

Virginia Division of Capitol Police Training School

PO Box 1138, Richmond, VA 23218

Capitol police officers are state certified Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) with full arrest powers and authority. Each sworn Capitol police officer is required to successfully complete specific training to achieve…


Phone: 804-786-5035

Virginia State Police Academy

7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, VA 23235

The Virginia State Police Academy is located at the State Police Headquarters complex at 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, North Chesterfield, Virginia. Training involves 1,536 hours of instruction covering more than 100…


Phone: 804-674-2248

Virginia is commonly known as the state for lovers, but even a state for lovers has crime. Good people are needed to become good police officers in the state of Virginia, to help curtail criminal activity and potential crimes. While Virginia does not lead the United States in crime, it does have it’s fair share. The true reason behind people becoming police officers is they want to help stop crime in their own community, and as police officers they are the first line of defense.

Process to becoming a police officer

Now no Virginia police department is going to just hire anyone to become a police officer. A potential candidate will have certain requirements he has to meet, tests he has to pass, and clearance to move forward. Now there are basic requirements they will need to meet, and these are the ones they will need to meet in order to move through the process.

First off, you must be 18 years old or older. All potential candidates must have a high school diploma or GED. You must be a United States citizen. You will have to submit to a background investigation. All candidates have to have a clean driving record, have no felony convictions, go through a medical examination and drug screening.

Now if you get through all of that, then you will be required to take a written examination, and physical fitness test, which will include, sit-ups, push-ups, running and other exercises. Now they will probably start the background investigation, and you may have to take a polygraph exam. Now if you make that far you can also look forward to a psychological exam. The next step will include the candidate having their file examined by a pre screening review board. The board will determine if the candidate should move forward or be disqaulified. If you get selected to move forward, then you will have a interview. Now this process may seem long, but it is worth it.

Police Academies In Virginia

Now if you are fortune it enough to get hired by a police department, it will be based on whether you graduate the police academy or not. Now the great thing is there are ten police academies in Virginia. Now once you enter the academy you can expect to be taught a lot of things including the traffic code and criminal code for the state of Virginia. All candidates will also be taught firearms training, and defensive driving. These are the main things that everyone knows they will be trained on, but there are things that people do not think about that police officers need to be trained on.

Some of the other less talked about things that police officers need to be trained on include, how to position your vehicle on a traffic stop, the difference between a regular traffic stop and a felony stop. Police recruits are also trained on the proper way to search a building, they are trained on radio protocol, how to properly handcuff a suspect. Some of the other things they will teach you is self defense, how to search a suspect for weapons and drugs, and when to shoot or not shoot.

The police academy will take their time and make sure that the cadets are properly trained. The instructors want to make sure that the cadets are safe, and also make sure the suspects are treated properly, and victims are well taken care of. The police academy is not like the movies, this is real life, and peoples lives are on the line.

Future Outlook

Now the great thing about becoming a police officer in the state of Virginia is that you will be paid well. The average annual salary is $50,000 which will not get you rich, but you can do well. Of course the other good thing about working as a police officer is you will get plenty of overtime. Overtime is built into the work of a police officer, since you will have court appearances and gran money for special duty jobs. Now if you are not sure as to when you will get started, growth is going to be good. The expected growth for Virgina police departments is expected to grow at about 12% which is very high compared to other states.

Career Paths

Now once you graduate the police academy, and get through your field training, then you will be on your own. Now the good thing is, you will have many different career paths to choose from. You can work patrol, narcotics, vice, major crimes, criminal investigations, traffic division, community policing, and even school resource officers.

Now if you really prove yourself, you can also move up the rank structure. You will start off as a patrolman, then patrolman first class, corporal, sergeant, and on up the chain of command. There has never been a better time to be a police officer, and more importantly, the public needs good people as police officers.

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