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February 26, 2024 - March 1, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy
917 Central Ave
Salem, VA 24153
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School Resource Officer and School Administrator Basic Course

Monday, February 26, 2024

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General Description

The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is pleased to announce the School Resource Officer and School Administrator Basic Course.  This course focuses on working with youth, school safety, school law, and in particular, the functions of School Resource Officers and School Administrators in a PreK-12 school environment. This course is required for all law enforcement officers assigned as SROs to a Virginia public school and includes the following content mandated by the Code of Virginia

(i) relevant state and federal laws;

(ii) school and personal liability issues; 

(iii) security awareness in the school environment; 

(iv) mediation and conflict resolution, including de-escalation techniques; 

(v) disaster and emergency response; 

(vi) awareness of systemic and individual racism, cultural diversity, and implicit bias; 

(vii) working with students with disabilities, mental health needs, substance use disorders, or past traumatic experiences; and 

(viii) student behavioral dynamics, including current child and adolescent development and brain research

Intended Audience

This training is intended for:

  • Current and future School Resource Officers (SROs). Must be a certified law enforcement officer. SROs will attend Monday-Friday. This course is required by law for all law enforcement officers assigned as SROs.  

  • School Administrators who seek an understanding of these essential personnel roles and components of a safe school environment.? A certificate of participation will be provided.? Must be currently employed in a public or private school. School Administrators will attend Monday-Tuesday, but priority will be given to SROs if there is a waitlist. 

NOTE: Individuals employed as School Security Officers will need to complete the 2-day SSO class to meet their certification requirements. For more information, please visit the School Security Officer (SSO) Certification Program page. 

Partial In-service Credit

Certified law enforcement officers will receive 32 hours of (PIC) in-service training credit. (This includes 26 hours of career development, 4 hours of legal, and 2 hours of cultural diversity )

Travel, Lodging and Meals

Transportation, lodging, and meals are the responsibility of the participant.


Registration begins at 7:30 am.

Training will be from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Cost and Registration

There is no fee associated with this training. Pre-registration is required.

Please note that the DCJS registration system does not have the capacity to sort eligible from ineligible registrants. Therefore, anyone who registers will receive a confirmation. It is the responsibility of the DCJS assigned course director to review the roster and make a final determination on acceptance into the course. Registrants not accepted will be notified via the email address provided during registration.

Training Dates & Locations:

November 27, 2023 to December 1, 2023
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Hampton PD Training Academy
300 Butler Farm Rd
Hampton VA
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February 26, 2024 to March 1, 2024
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy
917 Central Avenue
Salem VA
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March 25, 2024 to March 29, 2024
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy
13101 Public Safety Dr.
Nokesville VA
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May 20, 2024 to May 24, 2024
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center - Room PD1
6610 Public Safety Way
Chesterfield VA
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June 24, 2024 to June 28, 2024
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

TBD Tidewater Region VA
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July 15, 2024 to July 19, 2024
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

TBD Southwest Region VA
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August 19, 2024 to August 23, 2024
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

TBD Northern VA Region VA
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September 9, 2024 to September 13, 2024
8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Henrico County Police Training Academy
7701 E. Parham Road
Henrico VA
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For More Information, Contact:

Kim Simon
SRO Training and Program Coordinator
Email Kim

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