All selected applicants for the position of police officer must successfully complete the following training requirements.
Successful Completion of the Basic Police Academy
The academy is held at the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy and lasts approximately 17 weeks. The academy is in operation from Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. All applicable state and federal laws and codes will be taught as well as firearms, defensive tactics, police driving, and other skills. There is also a physical fitness component to the training. Those who possess a valid Virginia DCJS police officer certification may be exempt from this requirement.
Successful Completion of the Suffolk Police Post Academy
The post academy is held in the City of Suffolk and lasts approximately 6 weeks. The Post Academy is where all necessary city information, policy and procedures, applicable local laws and codes will be taught.
Successful completion of the Suffolk Police Field Training Program
The Field Training Program is a 12 week program. Applicants will be
assigned to 3 separate instructors for the duration of the 12 week
program. Applicants will spend their first 4 weeks of training with
their first or primary instructor. The applicant will then complete the
next 4 weeks of training under their second instructor. The applicant
will then complete 2 weeks of training under their third instructor. The
final 2 weeks is a "shadow phase" of instruction where the applicant is
followed at a distance by their primary instructor.
Successful Completion of the Mandatory Probationary Period
The probationary period for a police officer is for duration of 1 year
from their date of employment. Applicants will have needed to
satisfactorily complete all the necessary training requirements to
complete their probationary period. Extensions may be granted to
applicants whose training is not completed within one year from their
date of employment.