Online Classes

We currently have sixteen online classes approved for DCJS credit available to our member agencies.  For the first time, it is now possible for officers and deputies to receive all of their required MIR hours without ever coming to the Academy.  Online classes provide our students with the ability to take classes 24/7 from any computer terminal with Internet access. In this reporting period, our member agencies’ students took advantage of online classes with eight hundred eighty two (882) students successfully completing online training.  MIR online classes offered during the last six months on our TRAX online platform include the following:

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Legal Updates for Corrections, Court Security and Process Servers

MIR=4 LEGAL. This course provides a refresher on various legal topics that are important for sheriff’s deputies: Legal parameters that affect the following jail operations: Basic rights of a jail inmate; Authority of jail personnel to search jail cells; Authority of jail personnel to intercept and monitor inmate mail and phone calls; Conducting interviews in jails; Authority of the sheriff, and important matters concerning civil process.

Legal Updates for Law Enforcement

MIR=4 LEGAL. The Legal Update course is designed to provide legal instruction covering the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 14th amendment, issues that could impact patrol officers and patrol deputies. Emphasis is on actual case law from the U.S. Supreme Court, Virginia Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Participants explored search and seizure issues, interrogations, liability issues and how to get the evidence admitted.

Cultural Diversity

NOTE: This class MUST be completed by the end of May. It has not been renewed and will be taken down June 1st! MIR=2 CULTURAL. The Cultural Diversity course is designed to address providing effective cross-cultural service to the growing diverse population of Northern Virginia. Through a combination of case studies, principles, interactive exercises, and discussions, this course helps officers develop a deeper understanding of issues relating to the many-sided topic of diversity.

Transportation Network Companies (TNC's)

MIR=2 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. TNC training was created by DMV for all law enforcement. Effective July 1, 2015, Virginia law regulated transportation network companies, better known by the trade names UBER and LYFT. These companies use a smart phone app to match passengers with nearby drivers through GPS technology. TNC drivers, called partners, operate their personal vehicle. Although the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles oversees TNC regulations, DMV special agents and local and state law enforcement must understand the laws to enforce regulations.

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

MIR=3 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. TECC on-line provided the initial instruction in Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC). The class can serve as a refresher for those who have taken TECC in the past or it could be used as the initial instruction prior to receiving a TECC kit.

Chasing the Dragon” -The Life of an Opiate Addict

MIR=2 CULTURAL. This training is based on an FBI documentary video titled Chasing the Dragon. It exposes the truth behind the opiate epidemic that is devastating our communities. In Northern Virginia, heroin deaths jumped about 165 percent between 2011 and 2013. Since 2010, for example, more than 80 people in Loudoun County have overdosed on heroin. Of those 80 people, 20 lost their lives. More than half of those deaths, 11, occurred in 2014.

“Don't Call Me Killer” -Officer-Involved Shooting

MIR=2 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. This training is based on a documentary video produced by the FBI called Don’t Call me Killer. In the video, officers who were involved in shooting incidents as well as their spouses were interviewed regarding the human experiences they had to deal with at the time. Officer-involved shootings not only affect the officer involved, it also affects family members and fellow officers from your police department, even in those shootings that are justified.

“The Coming Storm” A Look at Active Shooter Response

MIR=2 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. This training is a video presentation produced by the FBI that draws from real life active shooter incidents in the US. It is a unique training tool for law enforcement and other first responders designed to inspire discussion, preparation and collaboration in managing these devastating and potentially overwhelming events. This video will emphasize the need for interagency cooperation BEFORE a crisis arrives.

Legal for Field Training Officers

MIR=4 LEGAL. The target audience for this course is current FTO's and those considering becoming an FTO. It is a valuable course for all trainers and supervisors. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter hosts this course designed as a refresher on various legal topics that are important for FTO’s, trainers and supervisors to know. This course will serve as a re-certification for Field Training Officers and will provide you with four hours of legal MIR.

Trends In Law Enforcement: Open Carry In Virginia and Videotaping The Police

2 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. There are two topics in this online presentation. The rights of people to record the police is critical for officers to understand as is understanding the right to “Open Carry” in Virginia. The Open Carry update includes a recent executive order signed by Governor McAuliffe. The content of these modules were created by the NVCJA legal and professional development staff.

Building Trust

MIR=CULTURAL 2/CAREER DEVELOPMENT 2. This online program provides the students with an examination of some of the keys to enhancing trust and confidence between police and communities. In this thought provoking presentation, Assistant Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy Director Dean Goodwin will guide you through each module each of the four modules. You will learn to examine your own biases, how to deal with Arab and Muslim Americans, and the importance of procedural justice. This online presentation features Professor Joseph Williams of George Mason University, Chief Greg Brown of the Leesburg Police Department, Retired Chief Earl Cook of Alexandria Police Department and several former recruits from our Academy.

Ferguson/Lesson Learned

MIR=4 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. In this class, “Ferguson/Lesson Learned” Ron Barber from “Line of Duty” sits down with Chief Jon Belmar, of the St. Louis County (MO) Police Department, for an exclusive one-on-one interview. If you think it cannot happen in your jurisdiction, you are wrong. Chief Belmar was at the epicenter of this incident that garnered international attention. In this extensive interview, Belmar discusses tactics, community relations, safety and many of the other things that took place during that tumultuous time in Ferguson, MO. The topic of discussion is Ferguson and the lessons learned. Some of the topics include decision making, police snipers, equipment, ICS model, briefing officers, changing tactics, proactive community relations and deciding who is in charge. This course consists of three modules with a quiz at the end of each module. The entire course will take you about 2 hours to complete. You will receive 4 hours of MIR credit for the course.
In addition to the classes offered through our TRAX learning management system (LMS), students have access to two independent websites for classes in which they can receive DCJS MIR credit.  Spanish On Patrol is a six month class in which an officer can receive 30 hours of MIR. 









Also, through VCPI (, students can receive eight (8) hours of MIR for the following five (5) online courses:

Spanish On Patrol

MIR=28 CAREER DEVELOPMENT/2 CULTURAL. This online course provides basic Spanish language instructions and is available to deputy sheriff's, police officers, and communications specialists. There are three separate course, specifically designed for each.
There is no software to install or download, and all the course material is accessed over the Internet with students using their own personal account. The course are 100% online so that they are available 24 hours a day allowing anyone to study at any time.

There is unlimited access to all course material for six month for each student, and access starts the first time the student account is used. Each lesson takes only 10 minutes to complete. The lessons can be taken as many times as desired and it can be printed out for further study. If the class is completed early, there are additional lessons that can be taken if desired.

Students will log approximately 15 hours of actual online computer time to complete the course. The program will monitor time on line. There is a maximum of 6 months to complete the class.

Ethical Decision Making

Policing with Principled Insight is a thought-provoking online course that explores the practice of decision making and the ethical principles that support effective policing.

Community Policing Defined

This is an interactive online course designed to provide participants with a basic awareness and understanding of the fundamental principles and best practices of community policing. Based on the Department of Justice, COPS Office publication of the same name, Community Policing Defined not only describes the practice of community policing but also examines how it can be effectively applied.

New Perspectives on Community Policing

This course examines how change, emerging issues, and threats are necessitating a reinvigorated commitment to the key components of community policing: community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.

Violence Interdiction: A Proactive Approach to Mitigating Conflict

This innovative course equips law enforcement with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to tackle escalating violence through a proactive and tough interdiction approach. Based on crime prevention principles, VI shatters the notion that law enforcement is limited to responding to conflict only after it has escalated to violence.

Tactical Community Policing for Homeland Security

This course focuses on strengthening the capacity of law enforcement agencies to implement an all-crimes approach, based on community policing principles. The fundamental premise is that terrorism and community policing are both philosophical approaches aimed at influencing civilian populations.