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Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.

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Citizen’s Police Academy accepting applications

The Fredericksburg Police Department will be hosting a Citizen’s Police Academy beginning on February 24 and running weekly on Thursday evenings through April 28.   (We even feed you dinner!) The classes will be held in the training room at Police Headquarters from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and the Academy is open to those who reside or work in the City.

We still have a few class openings, so click here for an application, or contact me by email for additional information at

Here’s more detail on the schedule and topics:

WEEK ONE February 24:

Opening Remarks; Introduction of Command Staff and Attendees

Overview of Law Enforcement 

WEEK TWO March 3:

Patrol Officer Basics 

E-911/Dispatch Center 

WEEK THREE March 10:

Building Tour 

Forensics Collection and Analysis 

WEEK FOUR March 17:

Special Equipment Tactical Team (SETT) 

Tactical Emergency Medical Service (TEMS) 

WEEK FIVE March 24:

K9 Unit 

Less Lethal Use of Force 

WEEK SIX March 31:


Review of Zhang Abduction/Homicide Case 


Review of Officer Todd Bahr Shooting/Line of Duty Death 

WEEK EIGHT April 14:

Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) 

Gang Task Force 

WEEK NINE April 21:

(held at Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy)

“Shoot, Don’t Shoot Scenario” 


WEEK TEN April 28:

Domestic Violence 


Police Officer Recruitment Process/Qualifications 

Class Evaluation, Suggestions

Graduation Ceremony

*You are encouraged to complete a ride-along at your convenience during the ten week period.