Senior Citizens Police Academy

Title

Senior Citizens Police Academy

Description

In order to increase government transparency, local municipalities have begun giving educational seminars to their constituents regarding government functions. In Hanover County, the Senior Citizens Police Academy (SCPA) is offered by the Sheriff’s Office and is designed to teach citizens of Hanover County about their law enforcement agency. Participants are not trained to be police officers, but instead are informed about each aspect of law enforcement. Each week, participants learn about the "Hows and Whys" of police work, focusing on traffic stops, crime scene investigations, functions of specialized units such as Narcotics, Youth Services, and Safe Streets, and many other interesting topics specific to seniors, such as identity theft, personal safety, and Medicare fraud. Each class is instructed by sworn members of the Sheriff's Office. The topics are presented in lecture format along with hands-on learning. During the academy, participants spend one morning touring the Sheriff's Office and taking a trip to the firing range, where they learn about the department's "special teams," including High Risk Entry (HRET), Traffic Safety Unit (TSU), and the K-9 team. A patrol ride-along is also offered. Completion of the SCPA allows participants to become eligible to participate in the department's Volunteer Program and Courtesy Patrol. Recently, the Sheriff's Office completed its 4th session, bringing the total of Academy graduates to 106.

Creator

Hanover County

Date

2012 & 2020

Source

https://www.hanoversheriff.com/ImageRepository/Document?documentID=303

Relation

Sources: National Association of Counties (2015) Achievement Awards. Retrieved June 8, 2015 from http://www.naco.org/programs/recognition/Pages/Achievement-Awards.aspx

Rights

Current photo: 2020

See Senior Citizens Police Academy

Also: The 19th Senior Citizens Police Academy poses for a group photo at their graduation ceremony (2012).

Henrico County, Virginia - Senior Citizens Police Academy. Retrieved June 8, 2015 from http://henrico.us/police/programs/senior-services/senior-citizens-police-academy/

Publisher

Hanover County

Contributor

Hanover County

Format

Medium: Photograph.

Language

English

Type

Academy

Identifier

Senior Citizens Police Academy, SCPA, NACo Achievement Awards, Hanover County, Municipalities, Law Enforcement, Police, Awards

Coverage

Virginia

Files

hanovercounty.jpg
scpaawards.jpg

Reference

Hanover County, Senior Citizens Police Academy, Hanover County, 2012 & 2020

Cite As

Hanover County, “Senior Citizens Police Academy,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed August 20, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/413.