Fairfax County Police Department

CONTACT INFORMATION: 24/7 Emergency Response; Office and Program Hours Vary
703-691-2131 TTY 711 (Non-Emergency)
12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035
Kevin Davis
Chief of Police

Community Police Academy

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Interested in learning more about local law enforcement? The Community Police Academy (formerly Citizens Police Academy) is designed to give participants a glimpse behind the badge and to provide information about training, policies, and the many units and divisions within the Fairfax County Police Department.

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2024 session that will meet from March 14 to May 18, 2024, and the Fall 2024 session that will meet from September 12 to November 16, 2024.

Students will learn about

  • Police training (including weapons and driving)
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Use of Force
  • Traffic Stops
  • Internal Affairs
  • Police helicopter and its capabilities
  • SWAT
  • And much more...


Classes are held on nine consecutive Thursday nights, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The final class, which includes graduation activities, is held on a Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Classes rotate to various police department facilities around Fairfax County. Due to the popularity of the program, all participants are required to attend at eight out of ten classes in order to successfully graduate.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Live or work in Fairfax County
  • Must clear a review of your criminal record and police contact history prior to acceptance
  • Provide your own transportation

The Fairfax County Police Department seeks people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds when selecting participants for its Community Police Academy. Candidates from different ethnicities, professions, cultural backgrounds, orientations, age groups, and communities throughout Fairfax County are encouraged to apply in order to enrich class discussions and strengthen community relationships.

This program is not an accredited certification course to become a sworn police officer. For information regarding employment as a police officer or about the paid police academy, please visit https://joinfcpd.org.

For more information, please e-mail us at CPA@fairfaxcounty.gov


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