Emergency Vehicle Operation

13170 Public Safety Drive
Nokesville, Virginia 20181
(Adjacent to the Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy)

In the 1960s, driver training consisted mainly of driving in parking lots and on the grassy areas of the Academy’s first location on Popes Head Road in Fairfax County.  As the Academy’s driver training became more sophisticated, EVOC training was moved to an unused runway at Bolling Air Force Base for several years where more advanced training could be conducted.  In the 1970s, EVOC training was again upgraded and relocated, this time to the Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas where it remained for more than 30 years.  In the early 2000s, the academy began to explore options to build its own EVOC course on Academy owned land in Nokesville that had been previously purchased for this purpose.

Former Executive Director Thomas L. Shaw was personally responsible for acquiring the land on which the current facility was built.  In fact, the Academy staff located a 1987 memorandum from Mr. Shaw to the Academy's board of directors, in which he described locating a 140-acre farm in Nokesville that was suitable for building an Emergency Vehicle Operations Center.  Mr. Shaw was authorized by the Academy's board to offer the asking price for the property, which was $500,000.   Mr. Shaw also included this historical fact in his memo:  “The last time the property had been surveyed was in 1868 when the seller’s father had purchased the land.”  So, we learned that the previous deed to the new EVOC property dates back to the Civil War era

Construction for the new EVOC began in June 2009 and the project was completed in December 2010 at a cost of approximately $16.5 million, well under its original estimated cost.  The Northern Virginia and the Prince William County Criminal Justice Training Academies are joint owners of this project.

The new EVOC is located on a 90-acre tract of land.  It consists of a 14,000 square foot, energy efficient Administration Building containing 4 classrooms, office space, and two state-of-the-art driver training simulators.

The EVOC driving course includes a 1.1 mile emergency response course; a skid track and skid pan which simulates driving on wet and icy roads for skid avoidance and skid recovery exercises; an urban environment, including 4 signaled intersections, speed humps, bridge grates, a cul-de-sac, and a railroad crossing; and a precision driving skills cone course.

Today, we operate a jointly-owned EVOC facility that provides state-of-the-art driver training to more than 3,300 police officers and deputy sheriffs from 23 different law enforcement agencies in the Northern Virginia region.  Our facility has been professionally designed and well-constructed.  It was also completed ahead of

In addition, other courses offered at the EVOC to veteran officers and deputy sheriffs through In-Service training include:

  • Advanced Vehicle Skills and Technical Driving
  • Operations of Specialized Vehicles (Vans & Wagons)
  • Trailer and Towing Operations
  • EVOC Instructors School
  • Basic Motorcycle Operations
  • Motorcycle Instructor School
  • Motor Refresher School
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