Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy

New Course Announcements

Listed below are ALL available HRCJTA, satellite and online course listings. For HRCJTA courses, students may register by mail, e-mail: tameka.guild@hampton.gov, or FAX: (757) 595-1801 with the academy registrar.  For satellite and online courses, refer to the course descriptions for instructions to register.

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Basic TrainingSpecialized Training | Satellite Training | Instructor Training | Online Training

Course Listings

Defensive Driving Instructor School

Classification : Instructor Training
Where : Suffolk Executive Airport
When : April 6-10, 2020 (CANCELLED)
Description :
Time: 0700-1600

First Day at HRCJTA. All following days will be at the Suffolk Executive Airport.

This training will be conducted from 0700-1600 and will include some night time exercises. This course is designed to prepare experienced officers with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct driver training.
Prerequisites: The applicant must have completed a General Instructor Development course or be able to complete the General Instructor Development course in order to be certified as a Driver Training Instructor. To successfully complete this course the student must attain a minimum of 90% on all required courses and a minimum score of 80% on the final written test.

Each student must bring the following: A valid driver’s license. A law enforcement vehicle equipped with emergency lights and siren, in good mechanical condition with four good tires mounted on the vehicle, and a good spare tire. Special attention should be given to the brakes, steering, suspension, seat belts and fuel system to ensure excellent working condition before arriving on the training site. Agencies are responsible for vehicle maintenance. A tire gauge and 50ft. tape measure would also be useful.

Police equipment or supplies that are not needed in the operation of the vehicle or the safety of the officer should be removed from the vehicle and left at the agency. Vehicles must be covered with minimum automobile insurance as required by law and/or insured by the state or municipality.

Wear comfortable clothing for either warm or cool weather. Working conditions will be strenuous and may involve areas where grease, oil and gasoline are prevalent. Rain gear is recommended.

Students must provide a copy of your agency’s general order/policy on pursuits, vehicle operations and roadblocks.

Students should bring snacks, drinks and complete lunch in a cooler. There will be no set breaks, but there will be approximately a 45 minute break for lunch.

Law Enforcement, Jailor/Custodial and Court Security/Civil Process
In-Service Credit: 34 career/1 legal
Max Students: 25

Train the Trainer Program

Classification : Specialized Training
Where : Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy
When : February 3-6, 2020
Description :
Time: 0800-1700

The HRCJTA is offering a Use of Force trainers "Train the Trainer" program. You do not need to be a certified D.T. or Firearms trainer to attend (though it is helpful). You do need to be a General Instructor with an interest in scenario based training and De-escalation training.

This four day "Train the Trainer" program is intended to:

  • Provide the attendee with the tools necessary to develop and administer "scenario based" simulation training while focusing on how to develop scenarios while ensure the relevance and safety of scenario based training.

  • Provide the attendee with a basic understanding of the equipment than can be used to provide scenario based training.

  • Provide the attendee with the tools necessary to provide "De-escalation" training as it applies to scenario based training and the real world.
    Space is limited...so who should attend:

  • Regular instructors in the HRCJTA basic academies where scenario based training is utilized.

  • Agency instructors who provide in-service level training which is scenario based.

  • Instructors should be able to attend the majority of the 4 day training.

  • Law Enforcement, Jailor/Custodial and court Security/Civil Process
    In-Service Credit: 32 career

    Leadership Institute (The)

    Classification : Specialized Training
    Where : Christopher Newport University
    When : CANCELLED
    Description :
    Session I: May 18-21, 2020 (CANCELLED)
    Session II: August 3-6, 2020 (CANCELLED)

    Time: 0800-1700

    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. The cost of this course is $350.00 for member agencies and $500.00 for non-members. Registrations should be received by the Academy no later than April 1, 2020. Late applications will be accepted based on class availability. Students selected will receive an acceptance letter, and will need to pick up their informational packet prior to the start of class.
    Some of the defining features of this program include:
  • An attractive quality environment
  • Highly qualified faculty
  • Student self evaluation instruments
  • Student projects
  • Leadership case study(s)
  • High profile guest lecturer(s)
  • Panel discussion comprised of esteemed Criminal Justice Leaders

  • Law Enforcement, Jailor/Custodial and Court Security/Civil Process
    In-Service Credit: 34 career/4 legal/2 cultural
    The course will also satisfy CALEA Accreditation standards 33.8.1-2 and 35.1.1 for compliance.
    Max Students: 40

    Human Performance in Force Encounters

    Classification : Specialized Training
    Where : Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy
    When : Multiple Dates (MAY 4-5) CANCELLED
    Description :
    May 4-5, 2020 (CANCELLED)
    August 20-21, 2020

    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.

    Law Enforcement, Jailor/Custodial and Court Security/Civil Process
    In-Service Credit: 14 career/2 legal
    Max Students: 40

    Federal Constitutional Law Review and Update

    Classification : Specialized Training
    Where : Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy
    When : N/A
    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.

    Law Enforcement
    In-Service Credit: 4 career/4 legal
    Max Students: 40