​​​​​ The Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy (CCJTA) has a variety of online training options

These options are:

Constitutional Foundations for Law Enforcement; provided by Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution

VML Insurance Programs (VMLIP) and Local Gov U---Online Law Enforcement Academy

TRN-Training Response Network

Please see information about each option below:

Constitutional Foundations for Law Enforcement 

Montpelier’s Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution developed an online course for law enforcement personnel with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s DCJS. The course focuses on the role of constitutional principles in law enforcement and is designed to be relevant to anyone working in law enforcement.

Since 2009, Montpelier has hosted residential trainings for law enforcement at its Orange, Virginia facilities. The Constitutional Foundations for Law Enforcement online course will give participants similar content to the Constitutional Foundations for Law Enforcement residential course, but without the level of interaction you would expect from a multi-day residential program.

The online course would be an excellent base for officers attending future residential seminars, raising the level of discourse possible in the relatively short period of time available during a residential event, but the online course is intended as a standalone training program.

The project was funded by the Office of the Attorney General with funds made available through asset forfeiture and with the help of the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The online course is available to all Virginia law enforcement agencies for three years at no cost.
The project features the expertise of leading voices in the Criminology and U.S. Constitution fields, with ample input from practitioners. To develop the course, Montpelier used an Advisory Group of scholars and experts to guide the creation of the content and utilized a separate group of scholars to develop the course content and video segments. Montpelier also used a series of reviewers to examine the course content for clarity, neutrality, and accuracy ensuring the highest academic standards

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NOTE: Please contact the Academy for information on In-Service Credit, prior to enrolling in this course.

VML Insurance Programs (VMLIP) and Local Gov U Courses

Thru this partnership Agencies that are a member of VML can access more than three dozen courses online.

The new VMLIP Law Enforcement Academy offers training covering an extensive array of Law Enforcement topics through LocalGovU.  Below is a list of courses that are provided , as a value added service offering through VMLIP. 

If you are not a member of Virginia Municipal League Insurance than please contact Mr. Thomas Bullock, Director of Risk Services for more information.  You may call him at 1-800-963-6800 or email him at tbullock@vmlins.org.

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If a Crater Academy Agency Member would like to receive In-Service credit for a course not listed on this page; their are specific requirements that need to be met.

We encourage the Officer to contact the Academy Staff before enrolling in the course(s). 

Here are the requirements:


Agency (User) must provide :

A.     An attendance roster demonstrating attendance of the full session is required to receive partial in-service training credit.

 B.     A user log shall be kept for all distance learning training which includes; the user’s name, employee tracking number, time logged on, time logged off and name of the training program. Partial in-service training credit will only be awarded for completed training programs. If a program has multiple training segments, all segments must be completed in order to obtain in-service training credit.

C.    The Agency Administrator, or their designee shall obtain course information to include; subject matter, date and times the class is available, and the instructor’s name and qualifications. This information shall be forwarded to the Training Academy serving their agency for approval and award of partial in-service credit.

D. A post test, answer guide, lesson plan, course objectives and other applicable instructional material must be obtained and kept on file by the Certified Training Academy serving the agency for all programs approved for partial in-service training credit.

Complete List of TRN and VML Courses

​​​​​​​​​​​ The Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy (CCJTA) is partnering with a new online training Vendor; the Training Response Network 

 See a summary listing of all online classes 

​​TRN content is developed by national subject matter experts, and in partnership with the Thomas & Means Law Firm, the courses offer the latest trends within the law enforcement, corrections and criminal justice fields, providing individuals the opportunity to hone their knowledge and skills. Each course is derived from either a classroom-based course (either 4 or 8 hours) and then converted into an online format that is self-paced and designed to take approximately 90-minutes to complete. All courses include quizzes and assessments which are highly randomized from individual to individual to avoid each individual getting the exact same quiz/test to better test and aid in your learning.

Progressive leaders in law enforcement and corrections know that a well-trained staff: reduces personal and agency liability, protects an officer or an agency from negative news coverage and increases both officer and citizen safety.  These same leaders also know there’s no such thing as “enough” training. Changes are constant in federal and state laws, technology and police tactics. Societal pressures are mounting. Annual in-service is only just the starting point for an agency.

TRN’s courses provide agency leaders a very easy path to promote and invest in constant and consistent training from individual to individual by making each course accessible via MDT’s, laptop/desktop, (Mobile apps) smartphones and tablets for iPhone and Android operating systems.ead below for additional information, you may enter the On-Line training website by clicking the red link at the middle of this page.

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