ARLINGTON, Va. – On December 18, 2018, family, friends, and fellow officers gathered to celebrate the graduation of Session 139 from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy (NVCJA), who took their oath to serve and protect the residents of Arlington County. Academy graduation is a significant milestone in their journey to becoming solo police officers in Arlington County, a process that spans approximately one year. The 25 newly graduated officers will complete local and field training programs before they begin solo patrol in the County.
The recruit officers who make up Session 139 are diverse, and well accomplished. The class, which is made up of 17 males and eight females, includes six officers who are military veterans, and 13 lateral transfers with previous law enforcement experience at other agencies. The recruit class hails from 10 different states. At graduation, members of this class were recognized for the following achievements:
- 1st Place – Academics
- 2nd Place – Academics
- 3rd Place – Academics
- 2nd Place – Emergency Vehicle Operations
- 1st Place – Physical Training (female)
- 2nd Place – Physical Training (female)
- 3rd Place – Physical Training (female)
- 1st Place – Physical Training (male)
- Physical Training – Plank Record
- Physical Training – Bench, Bodyweight and Rowing Records
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
After 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.