The Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy has been meeting and exceeding the full service training needs of individuals and agencies in the Central/South Central region of Virginia
since 1975.




Main: (804) 722-9742
Fax: (804) 722-9574


Mon-Fri: 08:00 am – 05:00 pm
Sat & Sun: Closed


Using Mapquest, or any other direction or GPS service may produce an error. The reason for this is that the Academy is located off of State Route 460, on a “Private Road”, so the location does not always come up accurately on directional services.


The Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy is located near many hotels in the Prince George/Petersburg/Colonial Heights/Hopewell area.

The current Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy CCJTA hotel is the:

The rate will be $70.00 per night, ask for Tina Feury.

You must mention that you are training at or an instructor for Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy to get discounted rate.


Initially,  in 1975, classes were held in the Prince George Rescue Squad building and then were moved to the Petersburg National Guard Armory. In 1978, the Academy secured a semi-permanent home on the campus of Richard Bland College in Prince George County. The location in Commerce Hall initially provided the necessary classroom and office space, but as the Academy continued to expand, it was necessary to rent conference rooms at local hotels to facilitate the larger class sizes and the increased training programs offered.

In 1993, Richard Bland College received funds to renovate Commerce Hall, and the Academy was relocated to another smaller building on the campus. The Academy was restricted to only three classrooms, and we had insufficient office and storage space. Restrictions placed on the Academy by the college required that much of our performance-based training be conducted off-site. The design of the building with two floors and no elevators presented accessibility problems for those needing reasonable accommodations to the two classrooms on the upper floor. Even with the limited classroom space, the Academy continued to provide quality, cost-effective training to our member agencies by utilizing borrowed classrooms and facilities. Additional training space was secured throughout the region by utilizing the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge Hall, Fort Lee Range Control, National Guard Armories, Department of Motor Vehicles branch offices, and even local karate studios.

In the summer of 2000, the administration of Richard Bland College advised the Academy of their plans to renovate the building housing the Academy. Once again, the Academy Board of Directors was challenged to find a new location that would provide the necessary classrooms and office space for a growing academy. In August of 2001, the Academy relocated to its next location. The Academy secured a lease with the Prince George County School Board to utilize a portion of the second floor of the Prince George Education Center (Old Moore Middle School) in Prince George County.
From its inception in 1975 to 2005 the Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy has utilized borrowed or leased facilities as office and classroom space. In the Fall of 2005, the Academy moved into its new home in its 30th year of operation. This new facility is 13,500 square feet with new state-of-the-art classrooms, and administrative space, and will provide a home for the Academy for the foreseeable future.


The Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy The Crater Criminal Justice Academy was established on May 12, 1975, in accordance with Section 15.2-1747 of the Virginia Code. The founding fathers firmly believed that high-quality, cost-effective law enforcement training must be available to Police and Sheriff’s agencies regardless of personnel strength, agency size, or jurisdictional resources. To that end, the representatives of the Original Nine Jurisdictions; Petersburg, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Emporia, Prince George, Surry, Sussex, Dinwiddie, and Greensville resolved to commit their respective jurisdictions to the creation and subsequent supervision of a Regional Law Enforcement Training Center.

The Academy has grown dramatically in size since its’ inception. From the original twelve-member Police and Sheriff’s departments of 1975, we now serve nearly fifty separate and distinct Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies. Crater’s Agencies reflect a wide variety of sizes and types of agencies. Included in our breakdown of agencies are: three Federal Agencies, eight State Agencies, three Colleges, two Military bases, and numerous Sheriff’s Offices and Police Departments.


Agency Affiliation with the Academy is broken up into two categories, Member Agencies, and Contractual Agencies.