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Prince William County Police Department

Community Police Academy

Are you interested in learning more about your police department? Apply for the Community Police Academy.

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 residents 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 eight-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.

*Note: Please email completed applications to MPO Jessica McCauley (Retain a personal copy for your record.)

For more information, please contact the Criminal Justice Academy by calling 703-792-6599 or email.