Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy

Learn an action plan to help

Dawn Marshall
Deputy Director

Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage, CPR, or calling 911.  Sometimes first aid is YOU.  A person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance abuse problem.   You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack.  Learn how to help a friend, family member, coworker or neighbor in need.  Get trained in Mental Health First Aid.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches a 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources, and knowledge to help an individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional, peer or self-help care. The course teaches the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and, most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone who is in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.

This course has been selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as part of their “One Mind” pledge.  According to the IACP, “Mental Health First Aid training can help every officer better serve their communities by giving them critical skills to respond safely and responsibly to situations involving people with mental health or substance use disorders”.

Take a course.  Safe a life.

We are offering this course on the following dates: 

 February 28th     March 8th     March 30th     June 1st     June 6th 

 June 27th      July 18th     July 25th     August 8th     August 15th     September 6th         

September 26th     October 17th     October 24th     November 14th    

November 28th     December 5th     ​December 7th

To register, visit our website ( to obtain a registration form.  Please submit

​ your completed registration form via for processing. 

Important Changes -DCJS and Instructor Certifications/Recertifications

Samantha Nodler
Training Records Secretary

There have been several changes recently with the new DCJS policies regarding Instructors. Anyone who has an instructorship that has lapsed or shows no record of completing an Apprenticeship will have to retake the Instructor school and complete another Apprenticeship.

The previous exceptions that were being made will no longer be available, unless fault is found with submitting paperwork; others reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

It is important that Instructors keep up with their certifications and ensure that they are getting the Mandatory Teaching Hours in at a certified Academy before completing a Recertification.

If you have any questions regarding the process or the new DCJS instruction requirements, please call the academy or check the DCJS website.​

Mid-Atlantic Association of Women in Law Enforcement (M.A.A.W.L.E.)
Dawn Marshall
Deputy Director

The 31st Annual M.A.A.W.L.E. Conference will be held in Chesapeake, Virginia this year.  The conference is scheduled from April 23, 2017 through April 27, 2017 at the Marriott Chesapeake, located at 725 Woodlake Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23320. 
Registration is available at:

This is an excellent organization that fosters professionalism and leadership training for law enforcement personnel and promotes/supports women in law enforcement. If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit the M.A.A.W.L.E. website at
www. for a membership application. 

The Crater Digest-Feb 2017-InService Training