Citizens' Police Academy

DATES FOR THE 2015 Citizens' Police Academy are March 12 - May 16, 2015 and September 10 - November 14, 2015.

Would You Like to Take a Glimpse Behind the Badge?

Have you ever wondered what police officers do all day or why they run radar at a specific location? You can find answers to all of your questions by enrolling in the Citizen’s Police Academy.

You’ll get hands-on instruction from expert officers and civilians from all over the department and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions. The goal is to give you a better understanding of police work and a greater awareness of the daily challenges faced by our officers.

What will you learn?
Who can enroll? When and Where are the classes?
How do you get in? (Application form)


Students will learn about

  • Police training including weapons and driving
  • Animal Control
  • The police helicopter and its capabilities
  • Gangs in our county and the Gang Unit
  • Narcotics
  • The Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team (Bomb Squad)
  • SWAT
  • Crime scene investigations
  • Criminal investigations
  • Neighborhood Patrol Units
  • Crime analysis
  • Crime prevention
  • Traffic enforcement and management
  • The Department of Public Safety Communications (911 call center)

Hours and Requirements

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Open to all who live or work in Fairfax County
  • Must clear a review of your criminal record and police contact history prior to acceptance
  • Total time commitment: 35 hours over 10 weeks
  • Classes meet on nine Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Graduation is on a Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Class locations rotate around to police facilities throughout the county
  • Due to the popularity of this class, you’re asked to commit to attending at least eight of the 10 sessions
  • No transportation provided


To apply, download the application form and follow the included instructions.

You may contact us by phone at 703-280-0713 or contact us by email through our online form. *Please note; this e-mail form pertains only to the non-paid Citizens Police Academy. Please do not use this form if you are seeking information regarding employment as a police officer or about the actual paid police academy. That information can be found in the "Employment" section of this web site.

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