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Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy


Specialized Training Course Announcements


Listed below are available specialized training classes which will provide in-service credit for the participant. Classes are listed in alphabetical order. Students may be registered by mail, e-mail: tameka.guild@hampton.gov, or FAX: (757) 595-1801 with the academy registrar. Please fill out our Course Registration Form to register for these classes.


Course Listings

Federal Constitutional Law Review and Update

Classification : Specialized Training
Where : Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy
When : April 19, 2018
Description :
Time: 0700-1545

This class will be taught by a nationally recognized expert in the Proper Use of Police Authority … Randy Means. This seminar teaches what police officers can and cannot lawfully do under the United States Constitution. Violations of the Federal Constitution can result in the suppression of critical evidence, exposure to massive liability, administrative discipline, and even criminal prosecution. This course will explain all new U.S. Supreme Court decisions, and review important older cases and trends in other appeals courts. This information empowers officers to achieve investigative goals within high ethical standards consistent with their oaths of office, without sacrificing their overall effectiveness. This program is critical to the success of all law enforcement officials but it is especially important for supervisors, managers, administrators and trainers.

Who should attend? All law enforcement supervisors, managers, administrators and trainers.

In-Service: Law Enforcement, Jailor/Custodial and Court Security/Civil Process

Credit Hours: 4 Career Development, 4 Legal

Max Students: 45

Human Performance in Force Encounters

Classification : Specialized Training
Where : Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy
When : May 21-22, 2018
Description :
Time: 0700-1545

Sgt. Perry Bartels will present analyzing a questionable force incident with logic and reason will often result in inaccurate and unrealistic conclusions regarding an officer’s judgment and actions. This uniquely designed class applies science to force analysis to provide the most accurate assessment of an officer’s performance in a force situation. We will study the physiological changes that occur under critical, life-threatening stress and examine how vision, memory, perception, cognition and performance are altered. You will learn the science of why action is faster than reaction and examine how the timing of many other common officer/suspect movements can affect the dynamics of a confrontation. We will evaluate force related training to ensure that training techniques are not going against the grain of human programming. Real life incidents are also closely examined to demonstrate and explain discrepancies between statements, physical evidence and videos, and also between training and actual performance. If a force action is questionable, this information must be considered if the facts are to be determined. Only then can laws and policies be applied fairly. This class is a must for trainers who design force training, detectives who investigate officer related force incidents, agency administrators who decide on the appropriateness of officers’ force decisions and attorneys who are involved with criminal/civil matters relating to police use of force. Our goals are to maximize training effectiveness and to ensure the most accurate and factual investigation in order to protect agencies and officers from liability.

Class Open: Law Enforcement, Jailor/Custodial and Court Security/Civil Process.

Credit Hours: 14 Career Development, 2 Legal.

Max Students: 35

Interrogation Law and Tactical Behavior Science

Classification : Specialized Training
Where : Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy
When : Multiple Dates
Description :
May 18, 2018
October 5, 2018

Time: 0700--1545

In-Service: Law Enforcement

Credit Hours: 4 Legal, 4 Career Development

Interrogation Law with Zachery Miller

One of the most misunderstood, and therefore misapplied, aspects of police procedure is the law associated with a criminal suspect’s Miranda-based constitutional rights. The failure to give a Miranda warning during police custodial interrogation can cause issues of evidence suppression. Conversely, the giving of a Miranda warning where there is no legal requirement to do so can inhibit effective criminal investigation. Effective field and custodial interrogations require competency in the area of Miranda-based protections.

Through scenario-based discussions, this class reviews the Miranda basics and applies them to typical police interrogation situations. The legal nuances of field, police station, and jail interrogations will be discussed and conceptualized. Specific topics of discussion will be:

  • Defining "Miranda Custody"
  • Defining "Police Interrogation"
  • The Miranda Warning Itself
  • The Right to Silence
  • the Miranda-Based Right to Counsel
  • The Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel
  • Exceptions to the Miranda Rule


  • The instructor for this class is Zachary Miller, currently a 14-year veteran law enforcement office and accomplished police legal instructor. Officer Miller has provided training on the constitutional laws of policing to police recruits, officers, and agencies throughout the United States. Working closely with the Thomas and Means Law Firm(NC), he has developed numerous training programs and publications dealing with constitutional issues in policing.

    Tactical Behavior Science with Chase Hughes

    The class will be taught by Chase Hughes, #1 bestselling author and nationally recognized expert in interrogation, behavior profiling, nonverbal deception and enhanced persuasion methods. Mr. Hughes is also the creator of the nationally recognized interrogation behavior analysis system and deception measurement tool, The Behavioral Table of Elements.

    This class presents groundbreaking science and tactics for recognizing violent behavior, reading proven nonverbal signals, and field interrogation techniques to enhance officer safety, and human compliance. Law enforcement officers face the very unique challenge of maintaining community relations and facing potential violence simultaneously. The ability to read and influence human behavior at this level will give officers the ability to assess situations with greater clarity, improve community trust, and obtain compliance in difficult situations.

    Law Enforcement

    Classification : Specialized Training
    Where : Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy
    When : Multiple Dates (2018)
    Description :
    Patrol Officer/Detective
    May 14-18 (2018)
    October 1-5 (2018)

    If needed, you may register separately for legal update and cultural diversity of the in-service week. Legal Update will be held on Tuesday (4 hours) and Cultural Diversity (8 hours) on Thursday.

    Leadership Institute (The)

    Classification : Specialized Training
    Where : Christopher Newport University (David Student Union)
    When : Listed Below
    Description :
    Session I: May 14-17, 2018
    Session II: August 6-9, 2018

    This course is intended for the new or emerging leader. Officers recently promoted for the first time will benefit most from the training. Topics of instruction include: self-assessment, situational leadership, employee motivation, problem solving, decision making, organizational behavior, organizational change, conflict resolution, etc. This course is divided into two sessions. The first session is four days (32 hours) and the second session is also four days (32 hours). There is an application process for admittance into the program. Also, there will be a minimal registration fee. Look for additional information on the program in the early part of 2018.

    In-Service: Law Enforcement, Jailor/Custodial and Court Security/Civil Process
    Credit Hours: 34 Career Development, 4 Legal, 2 Cultural Diversity

    Max Students: 30