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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I sign up for a Ride-Along?

Click here for more information about the Ride-Along program and how to apply.

How long is the Academy and where is it located?

The Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy is located in Nokesville, VA, and is 24 weeks long.  The Academy is a commuter academy with general operating hours of 0655 hours -1530 hours, although occasional evening training is required.

When does the Academy session start?

The Prince William County Police Department holds two academy sessions per year that start in January and July.

How long is the Field Training Officer Program after you complete the Academy?

The Field Training Officer (FTO) Program is 45 working days.  This equates to about three months with the patrol work schedule. Officers are released to solo duty once successfully completing the FTO program. Prince William County officers do not ride in pairs.

What is the patrol work schedule like?

The patrol work schedule is five days on, five days off, five days on, four days off, five days on, four days off…and repeat.  We have permanent non-rotating shifts.  Our dayshift is 0700-1700 hours, evening shift is 1600-0200 hours and our midnight shift is 2100-0700 hours.  Once you are assigned a shift, it is permanent unless you request a transfer to a different shift.

How many stations do you have and where are they located?

We have three main police stations, separated by districts:

  • Eastern District Station, 15948 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA
  • Western District Station, 8900 Freedom Center Boulevard, Manassas VA
  • Central District Station, (Opening Spring 2018)

There are also other police office locations throughout the County, that house different police services such as the Records Bureau, Police Personnel, and the Academy.

When can you go into a specialized unit?

You can submit a request for consideration when there is a vacancy announcement advertised within the Department. There is no minimum years of service requirement to be accepted, although experience is a factor in the final selection.

What kind of retirement do you have?

Prince William County participates in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), with full retirement at 25 years of service and 50 years of age for sworn officers.

 

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