ARLINGTON, Va. – December 16, 2019 marked graduation day for the Arlington County Police Department’s 13 newest officers, as Session 141 graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy (NVCJA). Family, friends and colleagues gathered to watch as the new officers took their oath to serve and protect the residents, businesses and visitors of Arlington County. Graduation from the Academy is one of many milestones in the new officers’ journey to becoming solo police officers in Arlington County. The new officers will complete local and field training programs before commencing solo patrol in the County.
The new officers comprising Session 141 are reflective of the Department’s comprehensive recruitment efforts to recruit officers with diverse educational backgrounds, demographics and work experience. At the Academy, the new officers stood out among the full class of graduates in Session 141. Most notably, Officer M. Smith was recognized with the Director’s Award for Academic Excellence and 1st Place in the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course. The new officers were recognized with the following other achievements at graduation:
- 2nd Place, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
- 3rd Place, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
- 2nd Place, Firearms
- 3rd Place, Three Way Tie of ACPD Officers, Firearms
- 2nd Place, Physical Fitness – Females
- 3rd Place, Physical Fitness – Females
About the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy (NVCJA)
After being hired by the Department, the new officers began their training at the NVCJA, a regional academy offering high quality, professional training to recruit officers who will go on to serve agencies in Northern Virginia. Recruit officers enrolled in the basic training program complete over 800 hours of training curriculum, which orients them to the diverse day-to-day challenges experienced by law enforcement personnel while on the job. In addition to basic training, NVCJA offers in-service training programs to officers throughout their careers.
What Comes Next for the New Officers
Following their graduation from the NVCJA, the new officers take part in local training, which reviews the Department’s specific policies and procedures, as well as aspects of the job unique to Arlington County. Following local training, the new officers complete the Department’s 12-week Field Training Program. During field training, the officers work alongside a Field Training Officer, who is responsible for mentoring, teaching and evaluating them as they begin to apply knowledge gained during basic training at the academy to real world situations they encounter when responding to calls for service. Following successful completion of field training, the officers begin solo patrol.
Starting Your Career with ACPD
The Human Resources Management Section is actively recruiting applicants to join future academy sessions. Being a member of the Arlington County Police Department is much more than a job, it is a passion. The public depends on police officers to protect lives and property. The men and women of the Arlington County Police Department work and live by a set of core values: courage, competence, commitment, compassion, restraint, respect and integrity. Start your career today by visiting ACPD.jobs.