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Professional Schools and Training Credit

Professional Schools & Training Credit

Virginia Criminal Justice Academies and Virginia State Police

Law Enforcement Basic Academy


Precedent for awarding this credit can be found in the ACE guide for various departments such as Bergen County, New Jersey (23 credit hours) and St. Louis Police Academy (27 credit hours), and the Virginia State Police academy (27 hours).


The major objectives of this training are:

  1. Understand the components of the Virginia criminal justice system

  2. Describe and perform the role of the officer at an accident scene and in routine traffic enforcement and management.

  3. Be familiar with basic criminal law on topics such as robbery, burglary, assault, homicide, dangerous substances, hate crimes, larceny, riots, sex crimes, trespass, sexual harassment, and juvenile law.

  4. Be familiar with constitutional and criminal procedure on topics such as the laws of arrest, laws against domestic violence, probable cause, rules of evidence, search and seizure, custody procedures, and courtroom testimony.

  5. Assist with emergency medical care as a first responder in CPR & First Aid

  6. Use skills in tactics such as defensive tactics, firearms, driver training, and physical education training.

  7. Acquire knowledge that provides the skills necessary to deal with culturally diverse people such as ethics, conversational Spanish, dealing with elderly populations, and cultural diversity.

  8. Acquire knowledge of personal wellness in terms of fitness and nutrition, stress management, and physical training.

  9. Cultivate field note taking and report writing skills.

  10. Gain knowledge of various community oriented policing initiatives.


The awarding of credit for basic law enforcement academies in Virginia is based on the learning objectives, outcomes, and skills discussed above. Entry level law enforcement training corresponds to the criminal justice major in that it covers criminal law and procedures; investigative techniques and operations; search and seizure; survival techniques; domestic violence; and field training. Methods of instruction include lecture, practical demonstrations, and role playing.


  Entry Level Law Enforcement Academy 16 hours of CRJ elective credit

  CRJ 2013 or 3 hours Social Science Gen Ed or Elective

  CRJ 3233 Law Enforcement or 3 hours Social Science Gen Ed or Elective

  3 hours of Phys Ed Gen Ed or Elective

  3 hours in Gen Ed Health or Elective

  Total of 27 hours


General Instructor Training

(In order to receive this credit, training must have a minimum of 40 classroom hours of training and a transcript or certificate/ letter of completion must be provided)

3 hours of Speech General Ed or Elective
Total of 3 hours

Intermediate Forensics
3 hours of CRJ Elective
Total of 3 hours

Leadership Development: Civilian OR Leadership Development: Sworn Officer**
2 hours of Elective
Total of 2 hours

**Students who have attended both trainings cannot receive credit for both trainings. The college will only accept 2 semester hours for one of the trainings.

Dispatcher Basic Training
1 hour of Elective
Total of 1 hour

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer Training
15 hours of CRJ elective credit
2 hours Phys Ed Gen Ed or Elective
Total of 17 hours

Basic Canine Techniques: Patrol, Narcotics, Accelerants, or Explosives**
2 hours of Elective
Total of 2 hours