14 law enforcement agencies to form new criminal justice academy

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After 17 years at the Rappahanock Regional Criminal Justice Academy, 14 law enforcement jurisdictions in Virginia will be training their members somewhere new.

The regional jail board unanimously decided at their last meeting that all law enforcement in Frederick, Warren and Clarke Counties, including jail personnel, will be forming their own academy, called the Skyline Criminal Justice Academy

Officials say the move comes after years of feeling underrepresented at RRCJA,  which includes 55 jurisdictions.

The size and location of RRCJA forced the northern Valley agencies to train mostly at a satellite  location Middletown, and officials are excited to move to a new venue.

Even better – the $8.3 million project is privately funded, which officials say is uplifting.

“The fact that people are generous enough to want to do something like that for law enforcement in this day and age I think is very important, and we feel very blessed that this opportunity is coming our way,” said James Whitley, Superintendent at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center

The academy hasn’t been built yet, but the project is scheduled to be complete next July. 

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