New Chiefs / Deputy Chiefs Training

We are conducting one New Chiefs/Deputy Chiefs school in 2024.  Please follow the link below to register:

Program Information
This is a four-day training program that has been designed for individuals who have been recently appointed or elected to the position of chief executive of their agency, assistant or deputy chief executive, or for those individuals who act in those roles in their absence (captains and above).  This program is designed to assist newly promoted/appointed executive level personnel in their transition to their new role.  

The curriculum is focused on issues central to running a successful law enforcement agency.  Classes may include: Professional Literacy, Core Principles, and Vision, Political Environments, Personnel Actions, Ethics, Critical Incidents - Lessons Learned, Labor Law, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Crisis Communications, Protests and Civil Disobedience - Lessons Learned, Police Civil Liability & Other Concerns, Emotional Wellness for LEO's, VSP Resources & Interagency Coopersation, and DCJS Updates.  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 executive staff members from other law enforcement agencies.  This is a great opportunity to meet and seek assistance from other law enforcement executives.  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.  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 $550  and includes tuition, course materials, certification, in-service credit, and break services.  The program fee with lodging is $850  and includes all of the above plus lodging for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights.  Additional nights of lodging are available for $123 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  Program participants/their agencies are responsible for meals, transportation, and incidental expenses.

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 who have recently been appointed as a chief of police, sheriff, deputy chief, deputy sheriff, or one who functions as the chief executive in their absence (captains and above, or the equivalent for small departments).  This is also an excellent program for any chief of police who is new to the Commonwealth of Virginia.  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 over 30 days prior to the 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