Citizens Police Academy
The Chesterfield County Police Department Citizens Police Academy offers Chesterfield County residents an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of police practices and procedures. Offered two times a year, the academy enhances communications between the Police Department and the community, and provides residents involvement with the Police Department through volunteer programs.
This free academy is open to all Chesterfield County residents and county business owners as well as members of any community or civic organization located in Chesterfield County.
Following successful attendance, the participant will receive a certificate of completion from the Chief of Police during a graduation ceremony.
Upcoming Academy Dates
2022 Fall Sessions:
Sept. 6-Oct. 18, Tuesdays, 6:30-10 p.m.
Sept. 8-Oct. 20, Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Chesterfield County Police Department
2730 Hicks Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23235
Participants must be adults and reside, own a business or belong to a civic organization within Chesterfield County.
Applicants will be screened for activities that may disqualify them from participating in the academy. This includes, but is not limited to, a criminal history check, a Division of Motor Vehicles check and a police contact check.
Participants will be required to show a valid Virginia Driver’s License or other photo identification at the first class session.
- Learn about specialized police units, including forensics, K-9 and SWAT
- Observe communications officers handling 911 calls
- Operate police RADAR
- Ride with a police officer on patrol (if desired)
- Participate in scenarios (if desired)
- Watch a police canine search for drugs
Instructors will discuss:
- Criminal investigations
- Identity theft
- Other crime prevention topics
Teen Citizens Police Academy
The Chesterfield County Police Department's Teen Citizens Police Academy offers a unique hands-on experience for our high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement. The week-long academy provides an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of police procedures, while also enhancing communication between the Police Department and the teen community.
- Open forum with the Chief of Police
- Chesterfield County Police Uniform Operations Bureau
- Challenge Course
- SWAT presentation
- Firearms simulator demonstration
- Emergency Communications Center tour
- Forensics class, including crime scene analysis
- K-9 demonstration
- County jail tour
- Radar demonstration including hands-on radar operations
Summer 2023 Eligibility Requirements
Students who will be progressing to the 9-12 grades for the 2023-2024 school year are eligible. Background checks will be conducted on all applicants. Class size is limited to 15 participants; slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dates: 2023 dates to be announced
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (early release on Friday)
Location: To be determined
The academy is free and lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the class location each day.