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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Kevin Fox


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.

Suicide Prevention in Jails:IPR Defense

MIR=2 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. Jail suicide will always be a concern for the local jail. Many inmate lawsuits concern inmate suicides, and in some cases jails have paid out large amounts to families of deceased inmates after a finding of liability. Other cases are settled, and media exposure can be negative. The line jail officer and supervisor are the first line of defense in preventing inmate suicide. This presentation will focus on what correctional legal experts think is the central core of suicide prevention. The identity of suicidal inmates – what signs and symptoms to watch out for, how jail officers can take measures to protect the inmate from self-harm, and the proper response to a suicide event. This is a common sense, clear presentation on information that can be useful to any line jail officer and supervisor, with an emphasis on avoiding liability. It is part of the “Managing Inmate Populations” course presented by Gary Cornelius.

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 CAREER DEVELOPMENT. 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.]


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.



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

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.


Training Officers:

The Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to provide expanded training in their area of expertise.   NCMEC offers courses that are MIR qualified and will give provide insight into the following four child-related issues.  The four available courses are as follows:


  • Missing Children: Dynamics & Response    MIR 4 hours
  • Introduction to Missing Children- Dynamics & Response 2   MIR 6 Hours
  • Protecting Children in a Digital Age (IPCDA) MIR 4 hours
  • Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking Awareness and Response (ICSTAR) MIR 3 hours


When you first visit the website you will be asked to complete a form verifying your status as a Law Enforcement agent.  When you receive your verification email, sign in and look left to the “View Courses and Events”.  That is where you will find your courses.   After successfully completing the course content and knowledge checks embedded in each course, you will receive a personalized certificate of completion that is date stamped that you can print out or save digitally.   In order to register for any course through NCMEC University Online, law enforcement must complete the application form on their website, where they vet each applicant to ensure they are either law enforcement or a 911 dispatcher. Once vetted, they receive a welcome email with their username and password to sign in and begin taking courses.”    The courses with their corresponding MIR hours are listed below:


This course is through  the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children .  When you complete the course send your personalized certificate of completion to Tara Markley to receive MIR credit.

  • Missing Children: Dynamics & Response 1 (MCDR1)

This course focuses on response strategies and will provide the student with a broad understanding of the nature of the problem of missing and abducted children, characteristics of child victims, response needed for missing children with special needs and resources/technical assistance available. This course is designed for first responders including patrol, calltakers and dispatchers as well as investigators and first line supervisors. This includes both law enforcement and PSAPs. .This course is only available to sworn law enforcement.  This course will take approximately two hours to complete.



  • Missing Children: Dynamics & Response 2 (MCDR2)

This course focuses on response strategies and will provide the student with a broad understanding of the nature of the problem of missing and abducted children, the key laws enacted to address these issues, the characteristics of child victims, the response needed for missing children with special needs, working with the media, policy development and the resources/technical assistance available. This course is designed for command personnel and midlevel managers up through senior leadership. This includes both law enforcement and PSAPs. This course is only available to sworn law enforcement.  This course will take approximately three hours to complete.  MIR 6


  • Introduction to Protecting Children in a Digital Age (IPCDA)

This course provides an overview of the issues and challenges of cases involving technology facilitated sexual exploitation of children. Content provides information on different types of sexual exploitation cases, how online offender behavior correlates to child abuse, how technology aids offenders in accessing new victims, and how offenders prevent children from disclosing their abuse. This course is designed for sworn law enforcement professionals, particularly first responders, investigators and first line supervisors. This course will take approximately one hour and forty-five minutes to complete.


  • Introduction to Child Sex Trafficking Awareness and Response (ICSTAR)  3

This course focuses on the unique dynamics involved in working with a minor victim of sex trafficking including risk factors making individuals vulnerable to sex trafficking, the recruitment and seasoning process, various rules and beliefs of the sex trafficking culture, adolescent development, victim differences, trauma bonding, dissociative disorders and the role and purpose of a multi-disciplinary team. This course is designed for child serving professionals, including forensic interview specialists, law enforcement officers, victim advocates, prosecutors, health care providers, child protective service workers, child protection attorneys and juvenile justice personnel. This course will take approximately one hour and thirty minutes to complete.




Montpelier's Center for the Constitution joined together with the Department of Criminal Justice Services at the Commonwealth of Virginia to announce a first-ever public/private partnership to support online police training surrounding the Constitution. This FREE course provides a unique opportunity for officers to understand the many ways you are the guardians of our constitutional democracy. The results will be stronger community policing.

Here are the details:

  • Course name - The Constitutional Foundations of Law Enforcement
  • It takes approximately 10-12 hours to complete and does not need to be completed in one sitting.  The academy will require that this course be completed by November 30, 2017.
  • Officers who complete the course will qualify to receive hours 20 hours of MIR.  4 legal and 16 career development. You will receive a certificate upon completion.
  • To Register go to . This course is available 24/7 .  To get credit for your hours you must email your certificate to Tara Markley.