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Community Police Academy
Group photo of the 2019 Citizen Police Academy class
(March 12, 2020) To follow best practices, there will not be a spring session of the Community Police Academy.
We will continue to accept applications for future sessions. 
*Note: Please email completed applications to MPO Jessica McCauley (Retain a personal copy for your record.)
Do you wonder what it would be like to be a police officer? How do they make the decisions they make? What does a detective do? How are they trained?
The Community Police Academy gives citizens an overview of the Prince William County Police Department. Graduates of the course will have a better understanding of the operation of the Department, and a greater awareness and appreciation of the challenges and decisions faced by Prince William County police officers each day.
The 10-week program meets one night a week, from 6 to 9 p.m., and consists of classroom and hands-on instruction. Topics to be covered include virtually every aspect of police work including Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Tactical Operations, Crime Scene Management, Professional Standards, and Special Operations. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to ride a shift with a patrol officer and be familiarized with police equipment including firearms.
  • To apply, simply complete the Community Police Academy Application Form and click "Submit" at the top of the form. Once the application is submitted, a background check is completed and letters are mailed to those who are selected approximately one month prior to the available session.
For more information call the Criminal Justice Academy at 703-792-6599.


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