New Officers Graduate from Session 149 of Training Academy

Published on December 13, 2023

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Arlington County Police Department proudly welcomes our newest officers as Session 149 graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy on December 11, 2023. Family, friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate their achievements and watch as the new officers took their solemn oath to serve and protect the Arlington community and safeguard the Constitutional rights of all. Graduation from the Academy is part of the new officers' journey to becoming solo police officers in Arlington County, a process that spans approximately one year. As part of their ongoing training cycle, the newly graduated officers will now complete the Department’s local and field training programs.

“With great pride, I welcome another outstanding graduating class of officers to the Arlington County Police Department,” said Chief Andy Penn. “Their graduation from the Academy represents months of hard work and rigorous training to develop the foundational skills and knowledge necessary to be successful patrol officers. This training, along with their professionalism, integrity and dedication to public service, will serve as an important basis in their ongoing training curriculum. I am thankful each of these officers chose this noble profession and am confident they will serve the Arlington community with duty and honor.”

The Arlington County Police Department is committed to recruiting individuals from all backgrounds who possess the necessary qualifications to serve our diverse and inclusive community. Session 149 consists of three men and two women hailing from five different states. All five officers hold higher education degrees, including two with advanced degrees and three officers are military veterans.

The new officers were recognized with the following achievements at graduation:

  • Officer E. Patel was awarded Academic Excellence – 3rd Place
  • Officer M. Monzingo was awarded Excellence in Physical Fitness, 1st Place – Males
  • Following an initial four-way tie for 1st place in Excellence in Firearms among the graduates, the Academy held a marksmanship tiebreaker resulting in the following awards:
    • Officer M. Mozingo was awarded Excellence in Firearms, 2nd Place
    • Officer M. Landicho was awarded Excellence in Firearms, 3rd Place

In addition to the officers who graduated on December 11, Session 149 also includes two lateral officers who completed an accelerated academy class for lateral transfers. The lateral officers hail from Pennsylvania and Florida, both hold higher education degrees and one served in the military.

About the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy (NVCJA)

After being hired by the Department, the new officers began their training at the NVCJA, a regional academy offering high quality, professional training to recruit officers who will go on to serve agencies in Northern Virginia. New officers enrolled in the basic training program complete over 800 hours of training curriculum, which orients them to the diverse day-to-day challenges experienced by law enforcement personnel while on the job. In addition to basic training, NVCJA offers in-service training programs to officers throughout their careers.

More: Basic Training at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy

What Comes Next for the New Officers

The new officers will now complete the Department’s 12-week Field Training Program. During field training, the officers work alongside a Field Training Officer, who is responsible for mentoring, teaching, and evaluating them as they begin to apply knowledge gained during basic training at the NVCJA to real world situations they encounter when responding to calls for service and engaging with the community. Following successful completion of field training, the officers begin solo patrol.

Starting Your Career with ACPD

The Human Resources Management Section recruits qualified applicants to join future academy sessions throughout the year. We serve a diverse, urban and engaged community, with an emphasis on community policing and problem solving in support of the four key initiatives: community engagement, transportation safety, crime prevention and control and employee wellness. The men and women of our Department work and live by a set of core values: courage, competence, commitment, compassion, restraint, respect, and integrity. Learn more and start your career today by visiting


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