In our proud history spanning over a half a century we have been providing excellence in law enforcement training. Thousands of our graduates have gone on to successful law enforcement careers and have distinguished themselves by performing at the highest levels of our profession.


Our Vision

We, at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, endeavor to be recognized as the finest law enforcement training academy anywhere. Our employees and prospective applicants will know us as "the employer of choice". We will understand our students' training needs and surpass their expectations. Everything we do will be done with the highest degree of integrity, competence, quality, and professionalism.

Our Mission

Fully committed to our students, our member agencies, and our communities, we will fulfill this vision by providing the highest quality of law enforcement training to all law enforcement personnel with the goal of exceeding the public's trust and expectations through high levels of competence and professionalism in all ranks.


Our Values

  • Character
  • Accountability
  • Cooperation
  • Excellence
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Our History

The Northern Virginia Police Academy was established in 1965 to provide the highest level of professional police training through the development, operation, and presentation of a standardized recruit-training program. The original Academy building, consisting of one classroom and an office next to the Fairfax County outdoor pistol range, was located on Popes Head Road in Fairfax County. This location hosted the first eight academy sessions... Read More