Police Community Engagement
Community Outreach and Educating Residents
The Police Community Engagement Unit focuses on community outreach and educating residents about various topics, such as personal safety, internet safety, senior safety, etc. and offers a variety of programs including our citizen academies, crime prevention presentations, and community watches and partner programs, which include neighborhood, business and worship watches and the premiere law enforcement partner program for apartment communities.
Police Community Engagement supports vulnerable members of our population. The Special Response Registry is a voluntary program designed to help first responders better serve community members with autism spectrum disorder, Alzheimer's disease, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or mental or physical impairments who may need specific care during a call for service, emergency, or crisis. We also offer Project Lifesaver, which helps save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer's disease, autism spectrum disorder, dementia or other related disorders.
Citizen Police Academies
The Chesterfield County Police Department offer three citizen police academies: Citizens, Hispanic Community and Teen Citizens. Chesterfield County residents have the opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of police practices and procedures.
Citizens Police Academy
The Chesterfield County Police Department Citizens Police Academy offers Chesterfield County residents an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of police practices and procedures. Offered several times a year, the academy enhances communications between the Police Department and the community, and provides residents involvement with the Police Department through volunteer programs.
This free academy is open to all Chesterfield County residents and/or county business owners as well as members of any community or civic organization located in Chesterfield County.
Following successful attendance, the participant will receive a certificate of completion from the Chief of Police during a graduation ceremony.
Upcoming Academy Dates
Police thanks all who participated in our 2023 citizen academies. Dates for our 2024 citizen academies will be available in early 2024.
Participants must be adults and reside, own a business or belong to a civic organization within Chesterfield County.
Applicants will be screened for activities that may disqualify them from participating in the academy. This includes, but is not limited to, a criminal history check, a Division of Motor Vehicles check and a police contact check.
Topics and Activities
- School Resource Officer
- Special Response Unit
- Office of Professional Standards
- County Attorney
- Ride with a police officer on patrol (if desired)
- Participate in scenarios (if desired)
Academia para la Comunidad Hispana
Esta academia está dirigida a personas de habla hispana.
6963 Hull Street Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23224
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Teen Citizens Police Academy
The Chesterfield County Police Department's Teen Citizens Police Academy offers a unique hands-on experience for our high school students who are interested in a career in law enforcement. The week-long academy provides an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of police procedures, while also enhancing communication between the Police Department and the teen community.
- Open forum with the Chief of Police
- Chesterfield County Police Uniform Operations Bureau
- Challenge Course
- SWAT presentation
- Firearms simulator demonstration
- Emergency Communications Center tour
- Forensics class, including crime scene analysis
- K-9 demonstration
- County jail tour
- Radar demonstration including hands-on radar operations
Summer 2024 Eligibility Requirements
Students who will be progressing to the 9-12 grades for the 2024-2025 school year are eligible. Background checks will be conducted on all applicants. Class size is limited to 15 participants; slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Dates: To be announced
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (early release on Friday)
Location: CCPD Community Services - 2730 Hicks Road, N. Chesterfield, VA 23235
The academy is free and lunch and snacks will be provided each day. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the class location each day.
Crime Prevention Programs
The Community Engagement Unit educates community members on how to anticipate, recognize and reduce crime. We do this through a variety of programs that we offer to individuals, businesses, schools, scouts and places of worship. To learn more about these programs, please call 804-318-8699. To request a program, complete the Program Request Form.
- Active Shooter
- Bicycle Safety
- Business Robbery Prevention
- Business/Worship Watch
- Crime Prevention through Environment Design (CPTED)
- Frauds and Scams
- Neighborhood Watch
- Personal Safety
- Scout Program
- Senior Programs
- Workplace Violence
A community engagement representative visits your home, business or place of worship, conducts a security assessment, and provides written recommendations.
National Night Out - America’s Night Out Against Crime
Annually, residents in neighborhoods throughout Chesterfield County and across the nation lock their doors, turn on the outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. National Night Out is designed to:
- Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
- Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts
- Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police‐community partnerships
- Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
For questions, contact the Police Community Engagement Unit at 804-318-8699.