Senior Citizens Police Academy
The Senior Citizens Police Academy will take place from April 11, 2023, through June 20, 2023. The academy will be held every Tuesday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Montpelier Park Community Center, 17203 Sycamore Tavern Lane, Montpelier, VA 23192.
The deadline to apply is March 10, 2023.
Similar to the Sheriff's Office CPA, the SCPA is also a 11-week course. However, the SCPA meets weekly from 9 a.m. until noon at a chosen location in the county. The location varies each year in an effort to accommodate seniors in all areas of the county.
The academy is open to applicants 55 years of age or older with no criminal background that meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Employee in Hanover County
- Hanover County business owner
- Hanover County resident
Each week, participants learn about topics such as:
- Crime scene investigations
- Functions of specialized units
- Safe Streets
- Youth Services
- Topics specific to seniors
- Identity theft
- Medicare fraud
- Personal safety
- Traffic Stops
Each class is instructed by sworn members of the Sheriff's Office. During the academy, you will spend 1 morning touring the Sheriff's Office and taking a trip to our firing range, where you will learn about our High Risk Entry (HRET) and Traffic Safety Unit (TSU). Participants will also observe a K-9 demonstration. Also, a patrol ride-along is offered on a date and shift of your choice.
Volunteer Program & Courtesy Patrol
Completion of the SCPA allows you to become eligible to participate in the department's Volunteer Program and Courtesy Patrol.
If you would like more information on the SCPA, please contact call 804-365-6110 or you may complete an application and return it to the Sheriff's Office.
An Inside Look into Law Enforcement
This academy is designed to give participants an inside look into law enforcement with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. The training will consist of a variety of law enforcement topics as well as pro-active crime prevention presentations, which will give seniors a better understanding of how and why the members of the Sheriff’s Office do what they do. The goal of the academy is to develop productive relationships with the seniors in our community and for the seniors to develop a better understanding of law enforcement.
Interested seniors are urged to download an application (PDF). Before submitting, the application needs to be notarized.