PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA. . . 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 Citizen 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 Mondays from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (plus one Saturday morning), 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, Internal Affairs, 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.
There are a few slots still available for the upcoming session. To apply, simply complete the Citizen Police Academy Application Form, which is found on our website at www.pwcgov.org/police. From there, select “Volunteer Center” and a drop down menu appears.
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. Eligible applicants who do not get into the upcoming session in the fall will be placed on a waitlist for future sessions in order of receipt of their application.
For more information, please call the Criminal Justice Academy at 703-792-6599.