New Officers Graduate from Session 150 of Training Academy

Published on June 20, 2024

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ARLINGTON, Va. – Friends, family and coworkers gathered on Monday, June 17, 2024, to celebrate a significant milestone in the careers of the Arlington County Police Department’s nine newest officers as Session 150 graduated from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. During the ceremony, each new officer took their solemn oath to serve and protect the Arlington community and safeguard the Constitutional rights of all. After graduation, the new officers will complete the department’s local and field training programs as part of their year-long journey to becoming solo police officers in Arlington County.

"I am pleased to welcome our nine newest officers as they embark on their law enforcement careers in Arlington," said Chief Andy Penn. “Over the past months, the men and women of Session 150 have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to public safety and the law enforcement profession through completing a rigorous training curriculum at the Academy. I am confident each officer will continue to embody our agency’s longstanding legacy of providing high quality, professional policing to Arlington County as they enter into their next training cycle as patrol officers.”

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 150 consists of four men and five women hailing from six different states, one of which is a native Arlingtonian. All nine officers hold higher education degrees in addition to one officer possessing prior military experience. Session 150 includes officers fluent in Spanish, Creole French and Georgian.

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

  • Officer S. Orozco Diaz served as the class Vice President
  • Officer G. Khakhiashvili was awarded Excellence in Firearms- 1st Place
  • Officer C. Ohr was awarded Excellence in Firearms- 3rd Place
  • Officer N. Ostrom was awarded Excellence in EVOC- 3rd Place
  • Officer A. Sanmartin was awarded Excellence in Physical Fitness, 1st Place – Females
  • Officer C. Ohr was awarded Excellence in Physical Fitness, 3rd Place – Males

Additionally, MPO N. Brooks, who is currently assigned to the academy as an instructor, received the David Vice Award for Instructor Excellence in recognition of her outstanding commitment to training.

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. ACPD is offering police officer candidates an up to $25,000 hiring bonus, a 37.5-hour work week with four and five days off at a time and more! Learn more and start your career today by visiting ACPD.jobs.

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