Senior Citizens Police Academy

Due to the enormous interest by our county seniors in the Citizens Police Academy program, in 2008 the Sheriff's Office responded with the creation of a daytime academy giving our seniors the opportunity to learn more about the agency by participating in a Senior Citizens Police Academy (SCPA).


The Senior Citizens Police Academy will take place from April 9, 2024, through June 18, 2024. The academy will be held every Tuesday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Hanover County Sheriff's Office, located at 7522 County Complex Road, Hanover, VA, 23069.

The deadline to apply is March 12, 2024.

SCPA Group Photo 2022


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
    • Narcotics
    • 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.