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Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Public Safety Academy

The 2021 Public Safety Academy begins April 13, 2021.
Sessions will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM every Tuesday.

Register Online


The Roanoke County Police, Fire and Rescue and Sheriff’s Department will hold its Public Safety Academy beginning on February 16, 2021. The goal of the Public Safety Academy is to educate citizens on why and how our agencies carry out our missions while working together as a team.

About the Roanoke County Public Safety Academy

Citizens will learn about everything related to public safety in Roanoke County. Police topics will include patrol, budget, community service officers, school resource officers, driving range, use of force, traffic unit, firing range, K9, S.W.A.T, VICE, criminal investigations, evidence collection, academy tour, polygraph and building clearing.

The Sheriff’s Department will cover the jail history, jail tour, jury selection, court security, civil process, criminal law, E.R.T, clerk of court, services, and A.V.O.I.D self-defense.

Topics Covered

Fire and Rescue Department topics include the following:

  • Apparatus and hose streams
  • CPAT
  • CPR and AED certification
  • EMS
  • Fire Marshall
  • Fire system overview
  • Haul back systems
  • Hazmat
  • Inspections
  • Investigations
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Public education
  • Technical rescue

There will also be presentations on the Roanoke County Emergency Communications Center, Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and a tour of the Western Virginia Regional Jail. The Public Safety Academy will meet every Tuesday beginning on April 13, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Please see the current schedule below.

Public Safety Academy Schedule (PDF)

Who Can Attend?

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older and no longer in High School.
  • You do not have to be a Roanoke County Resident in order to attend.

Register Online

Public Safety Academy Applications are also at the Public Safety Center located at 5925 Cove Road, Roanoke, VA 24019 or at the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Department located 401 East Main Street, Salem, VA 24153.

The 2021 Public Safety Academy begins April 13, 2021. Sessions will be held from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM every Tuesday.

See the Public Safety Academy Schedule (PDF) for more details.

For more information, contact Officer T. Butts at 540-777-8651.