Academy Rules and Regulations
Vehicle Parking: Visitor and In-Service student parking is
available in the side parking lot.
Personal Appearance: Academy training is a duty assignment and,
as such, all students will adhere to their departmental policy
pertaining to grooming standards.
Dress Code: Unless otherwise noted, the dress code for students
attending In-Service training is casual attire. Jeans are permitted if
they are clean and free from holes and patches. Shirts must have a
collar. Bib overalls, shorts, painter pants, cutoffs, t-shirts, tank
tops, flip flops and ball caps are not permitted.
Identification: Departmental identification must be displayed at
all times while in the building.
Weapons: Personnel from non-member agencies may not carry
weapons while attending training in the Academy building. Gun lockers
and gun-clearing tubes are provided in the Academy lobby and downstairs
Promptness: Students are required to report for all training on
time. Students who are late may be denied access to training for that
day. If this occurs, it will be reported to the affected student’s
Sign-in: All students shall sign in on the appropriate form upon
their arrival to class each day and at any other time they are
requested to sign in. Sign-in forms will be located on the clipboard in
Electronic Devices: All electronic devices brought into
any class must be deactivated or switched to a non-audible mode.
Coffee and sodas are permitted in classrooms except for the
computer lab. Only water is permitted in the computer lab.
Outside reading material not connected with the training may not be
read during class times.
Desktops will be cleared of all materials at the end of each day.
Absences from Class: Students who must miss class hours must
complete a sign-in/sign-out form. These forms can be secured from the
In-Service office on the first floor of the Academy.
Failure to Report for Scheduled Training: Because scheduled
training is a duty assignment, students who fail to report or who miss
training due to being late will be reported to their commander.
Student Messages: Non-emergency messages will be posted on the
main bulletin board, which can be found near the entrance to the
student break room on the classroom level. Only emergency messages will
Flag Raising: Persons entering or exiting the Academy main
entrance during the raising or lowering of the United States flag and
the flag of the Commonwealth of Virginia are asked to show proper
respect by standing in place and placing their right hand over the
heart. If in uniform with a hat on, a salute is proper.
Computers: Computers are available to students and visitors for
agency business and are located on the first floor of the Academy in
the Professional Development Center. Use of any other computers without
the permission of an Academy staff member is prohibited.