Media Police Academy: Behind-the-Scenes Look at the FCPD

Media Police Academy: Behind-the-Scenes Look at the FCPD

July 12, 2018

Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy

14601 Lee Road Chantilly, VA 20151

We are proud to offer our second annual Media Police Academy, on Thursday, July 12 at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy.

This exciting program gives journalists and other members of the media an opportunity to walk in the shoes of a police officer for a day.  The program begins with a brief look at the day-to-day life of a patrol officer, followed by a practical exercise with good visuals.  Attendees will be briefed on safety considerations and tactics, and will conduct their own mock traffic stop from start to finish.

Class participants will be able to flex their communication skills in a de-escalation scenario, and test their decision-making abilities in the shoot-no shoot simulator.

Other discussions during the day will include the release of information during investigations, police training and the logic behind it, use of force, critical issues currently facing law enforcement agencies, how media coverage affects public perception and police response, as well as a case study highlighting the dramatic way in which social media is changing law enforcement.

The Media Police Academy will be a fast-paced, informative program that is designed to foster a better understanding of law enforcement work and the reasoning behind police decision-making and policies.  We are excited to offer this opportunity to help the public and our media partners better understand the role of law enforcement in their communities.

Attendees will enjoy lunch with Deputy Chief Tom Ryan. We will also provide breakfast. Cameras are welcome.

Please R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 to PFC Tara Gerhard at or by calling 703-246-4268.