First Line Supervisors Training

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Program Information
This is a four-day training program that has been designed for those newly appointed (or soon to be promoted) as supervisors and is most applicable to individuals who have had little or no prior supervisory training. This program is designed to assist officers in their transition to their new role as supervisor.

The curriculum is focused on basic supervisory concepts that serve as a foundation to enable each supervisor to identify some of the most critical components of supervision.  Classes may include: Role & Responsibility, Legal Responsibilities for Supervisors, Supervisory Ethics, Effective Communications, Internal Affairs and the Disciplinary Process, Mentoring the New or Underachieving Police Officer, Transitioning from Friend to Supervisor, Performance Management: Having Difficult Conversations, Emotional Survival: Care and Self-Care, Cultural Diversity for Supervisors, and Employee Recognition.   Classes offered change from time to time to ensure that topics covered are recent and relevant.

In addition to classroom discussions, this program provides participants with the opportunity to network with supervisors from other law enforcement agencies. The program is open to applicants from law enforcement agencies, both in-state and out-of-state.

Classes begin promptly at 9:30 am on Tuesday and conclude at 3:00 pm on Friday.  All classes will be held in Glen Allen, VA.  For the training address please refer to the registration page.  A detailed program agenda will be emailed to all registrants prior to the training.  Please refer to the Program Guidelines for detailed program information and answers to FAQ's.

Because the class size is limited, early registration is encouraged!

Program Fee
The program fee without lodging is $525  and includes tuition, course materials, and certification.  The program fee with lodging is $790  and includes all of the above plus lodging for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.  A full buffet breakfast is included with the cost of lodging.  Additional nights of lodging are available for $112 per night including tax.  Lodging is single occupancy and arrangements are made by the VACP.  If special accommodations are needed, please send an email to

When funding is available, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police will accept requests for needs-based discounts / fee waivers from applicable law-enforcement agencies.  For more information click here.

Who Should Attend
This program is designed for individuals newly appointed or soon to be promoted to supervisory positions, and is most applicable to those who have had little or no prior supervisory training.  While policies relate to Virginia's laws and codes, out-of-state applicants are welcome to register for this course.

This training will be pre-approved by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) for Partial In-service Credit.  DCJS Partial In-service Credit (PIC) forms and certificates of completion will be distributed at the close of the training.  Participants must attend a minimum of 4 hours to be eligible to receive credit.

Program Guidelines
Program participants should download and read the Program Guidelines which have been developed to assist with the orderly operation of the program and address frequently asked questions.


Program Guidelines

Cancellation Policy
If cancellation is received 30 days prior to first day of training, you will be eligible for a partial refund, but will be assessed a $150 scheduling fee.  No refund will be granted for any withdrawal notice received on or after 30 days prior to first day of training. No-shows are not eligible for refunds.  Qualified substitutions are gladly accepted with prior approval.

For more information or any questions concerning this program, please contact our Programs Manager, Stephanie Diaz, at (804) 709-1094 or email
The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age in its programs or activities, including education policies, admissions policies, scholarships, and other programs.  The following position has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the VACP's non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director
Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
880 Technology Park Drive, Ste. 100
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 285-8227

For further information on federal non-discrimination regulations, contact the Office for Civil Rights at or call (800) 421-3481.