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New Officers Take Oath After Graduating From Training Academy – Official Site of the Arlington County Government in Virginia


Posted on December 13, 2021

ARLINGTON, Virginia. –December 10, 2021 marked a milestone for the 18 new officers in the Arlington County Police Department as Session 145 graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. Upon graduation, officers took an oath to serve and protect the community of Arlington and to protect the constitutional rights of all. Graduation from the Academy is part of the journey for new officers to become solo police officers in Arlington County, a process that spans about a year. As part of their continuing education cycle, newly graduated officers will now follow local and field training programs.

“It is with great pride that I welcome our 18 new officers who will continue the department’s more than 80-year legacy of providing professional law enforcement services to the community of Arlington,” said said Chief Andy Penn. “These officers have joined our ranks at a time of transformation in the law enforcement profession and I have no doubts that their training will form the basis of the high quality service that each has been charged with providing. I congratulate these agents for choosing a committed career in the service of others and I want to thank them for choosing this agency and this community to make a difference.

The Arlington County Police Department is committed to recruiting people from all walks of life with the right qualifications to serve our diverse and inclusive community. Session 145 reflects this commitment and is made up of nine men and nine women, including one with prior law enforcement experience and a military veteran. The 18 new officers all hold a higher education diploma, including one with a graduate degree. Four of the officers also speak Spanish. The class is from nine different states and three are native Arlingtoners.

New officers were recognized with the following additional achievements upon graduation:

  • Officer M. Venson served as class president
  • Agent K. Greene received the Academic Excellence Award – 1st place
  • Agent A. Markiewicz received the Academic Excellence Award – 3e place
  • Constable M. Venson received the Fitness Award (Women) – 1st place
  • Constable K. Greene Received the Fitness Award (Women) – 2sd place

About the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy (NVCJA)

After being hired by the department, the new agents began their training at NVCJA, a regional academy providing high-quality professional training to recruit agents who will continue to serve agencies in Northern Virginia. New officers enrolled in the Basic Training Program complete over 800 hours of the training program, orienting them towards the various day-to-day challenges faced by law enforcement personnel in the workplace. In addition to basic training, the NVCJA offers continuing education programs for officers throughout their careers.

Following: Basic training at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy

What comes next for new officers

New officers will now complete the Department’s 12-week field training program. During the field training, officers work alongside a field training officer, who is responsible for their mentoring, teaching and evaluation as they begin to apply the knowledge gained during the training. base at NVCJA to the real world situations they encounter when responding to calls for service and engaging with the community. After successfully completing the field training, officers begin the solo patrol.

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The Human Resources Management Section recruits qualified candidates to join future academy sessions throughout the year. We serve a diverse and engaged urban community, with a focus on community policing and problem solving in support of the four key initiatives: Community Engagement, Transportation Safety, Crime Prevention and Control, and Employee Well-Being . The men and women of our department work and live according to a set of fundamental values: courage, competence, commitment, compassion, restraint, respect and integrity. Learn more and start your career today by visiting ACPD.jobs.