Citizen Police Academy

The Citizen Police Academy provides Winchester citizens with an inside look at local law enforcement operations and challenges. The purpose of the Academy is to develop positive relations between the police and the community through education. Participants will learn about various aspects of the department. Most of the instructors will be officers and personnel within the department, who speak on their area of expertise.


Mini Citizen Police Academy

New date coming soon
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (subject to change) 

Ages 18+ 


Citizen Police Academy

Thursdays (some Tuesday sessions and one Saturday session)
Dates: Coming Soon
6:00-9:00 pm


WEEK 1 & 2

  • WPD History
  • Community Policing
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Patrol Division
  • Tour of the Timbrook Public Safety Center
  • Officer Requirements/Testing
  • Dispatch/E-911 Communications
  • Police Training/Field Training


WEEK 3 & 4

  • Patrol Functions
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Vehicle Stops/DUI Demo
  • Officer Recruiting
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Juvenile Offenders/School Resource
  • Accident Investigation


WEEK 5 & 6

  • Gang Activity
  • Narcotics & Drugs
  • K-9 Demo
  • Laws of Arrest/Search & Seizure
  • Criminal Law/Court Procedures
  • Victim Witness Program


WEEK 7 & 8

  • Tour of Adult & Juvenile Detention Centers
  • Crimes Against Children
  • Domestic Violence
  • Volunteers in Policing (VIP)
  • Social Services
  • Radar Operation


Week 9

  • Officer Survival
  • SWAT
  • Firearms Demo
  • Fingerprinting
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Polygraph Analysis



  • Graduation and Dinner

Volunteers in Policing

Graduates are eligible (but not required) to apply to become a member of the Volunteers in Policing Program.




How to Apply

Applications for the one-day mini Citizen’s Academy are now being accepted.


Send completed applications to:



  • Citizen Police Academy Application DOWNLOAD




Winchester Police Department
231 E. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601


(540) 545-4703