NOVA Police Experience and Training

NOVA Police shieldOne of the best kept law enforcement secrets in the National Capital Region is the quality and professionalism of the NOVA Police Department.

NOVA Police have 50 sworn officers who patrol NOVA campuses on foot and bicycles and in both marked and unmarked cruisers. Our officers are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. In addition to Chief Daniel Dusseau, who has more than 25 years of experience and served as a high ranking officer in a major metropolitan police department, the College has two former chiefs of police and officers who have served in New York City, Metro, Washington Airports Authority, Virginia State Police, Fairfax and Prince William counties, and Alexandria City. The Police office has officers with military experience, former dispatchers, paramedics, and even an officer with a doctorate who is a nationally known nuclear weapons expert. Our officers speak more than 10 languages. NOVA Police also have trained hostage negotiators, our own CSI team, and state-certified trainers in firearms, emergency vehicle operations, defensive tactics and bike patrol. These trainers ensure optimum performance by NOVA officers and also teach officers from more than 50 jurisdictions at local criminal justice academies.

Finally, your NOVA officers are connected via a 24/7/365 state-of-the-art dispatch center (703-764-5000) manned by state-certified dispatchers and capable of instantaneous communications with other first responders throughout the National Capital Region.

These skills and expertise are perishable and NOVA officers work hard to maintain proficiency. Each NOVA officer has graduated from a certified criminal justice academy with over 800 hours of rigorous legal, physical, community policing and skills training, such as firearms. Training also includes first aid, CPR and even how to deliver a baby.  Additionally, each officer is required to undergo a minimum of 40 hours of biennial training in legal matters, cultural diversity, and selected skills and areas of expertise.

Throughout the year, NOVA officers engage in training conducted by their sergeants on their respective campuses. This training includes topics such as accident investigation, response to terrorist attack, fraudulent documents and DUI enforcement. NOVA officers also train under realistic tactical conditions monthly to maintain firearms proficiency.  Finally, in conjunction with the Office of Emergency Planning and Management, we have conducted active shooter training and/or exercises on each of our campuses. Some of these exercises have incorporated police and fire departments from neighboring jurisdictions to ensure interoperability in crisis conditions.

NOVA Police badgeBesides their commitment to their own professionalism, NOVA officers are committed to maintaining a safe and secure learning environment at each NOVA campus and facility. The NOVA Police Department compiles campus crime statistics in compliance with federal Clery Act responsibilities. Click here to read the Annual Security Report and review these statistics. The Police have an active training program for NOVA community members.  Topics include active shooter response, defusing toxic situations, identity theft, gang awareness, alcohol/drug abuse and women’s self-defense training. Check out NOVA’s police blog, at, for dates, times and locations of training at your campus.

NOVA officers are knowledgeable and interested in providing responsive and effective policing to the College. If you have questions or desire information in any police matter, ask us and be confident that you are interacting with a professional.

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  1. As a former NOVA Business Manager, who was in charge of the Manassas Campus police for many years, I thoroughly enjoyed this well-written article and can attest to the truth of it. I am delighted to see an opportunity for the faculty, staff, students, and public to become more educated about the training and experience these officers have so they can be greatly appreciated. Best wishes to all!

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