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Training Division

Captain Matthew D. Hanley, Division Commander

Administrative Headquarters
7700 Midlothian Turnpike
North Chesterfield, VA 23235

Mailing Address:
PO Box 27472
Richmond, VA 23261

Fax: 804-674-2089
Phone: 804-674-2248

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Located in the Richmond metropolitan area,
the Virginia State Police Academy
trains over 8,000 people per year
in a multitude of subjects.

Graphic:  SPHQ, Richmond, VA linking to directions page

National Criminal Justice Command College

Our mission is to ensure that all employees receive and meet mandated training requirements.  In doing this, the Training Division manages the Department's professional development programs, oversees the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program (DARE), and operates the State Police Academy.  The Training Division provides instruction in the handling of patrol and narcotic and explosives detection canines for the State Police and local police agencies.  As space and activity schedules permit, academy facilities are shared with other state, federal and local agencies for training purposes. 

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State Police Academy amenities

Colonel C. W. Woodson, Jr. Memorial Gallery

The State Police Academy houses the Colonel C. W. Woodson, Jr. Memorial Gallery.  Portraits of members of the Virginia State Police and their predecessors, the inspectors of the Division of Motor Vehicles, who have lost their lives in the line of duty are on display in the gallery.  

Virginia State Police Museum

The Virginia State Police Colonel Denny M. Slane Museum and History Center opened in December 2000. The museum is housed at the State Police Academy located at the State Police Administrative Headquarters complex, 7700 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond.

The museum is named in honor of Colonel Slane, who served as State Police Superintendent from 1977 to 1984.

The museum contains uniforms, badges, license plates, weapons, emergency lights from old patrol cars, motorcycles, photos, and other state police memorabilia. State police saved and stored many of the artifacts in anticipation of a museum and current employees and retirees also contributed items.

The museum is open to visitors to the academy, schools and tour groups by appointment.   For information, please call  804-674-2248.

Colonel Slane, was born in 1924 in Hampshire County, West Virginia, and attended schools there.  He was a patrolman with the Winchester Police Department before joining the Virginia State Police in 1949. He graduated from the 17th Basic Session of the Virginia State Police Academy Dec. 16, 1949, and served as a trooper in Greene and Rockingham counties until promotion to sergeant in 1956. While a sergeant he was assigned first to Administrative Headquarters as a duty sergeant, and then to the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike, and then to Area 6, which includes Chesterfield, Powhatan and Amelia counties.

He was promoted to lieutenant in 1961 and assigned to Salem. On promotion to captain in 1966 he was assigned to commander of Division V, Chesapeake. On March 1, 1977, Gov. Mills Godwin appointed him to superintendent with the rank of colonel. He continued to serve under Governors Dalton and Robb until his retirement in October 1984, with 35 years of service.

During his tenure as superintendent, he created the Bureau of Criminal Investigation that replaced the Division of Investigation, created Division VII to serve Northern Virginia, and opened new division headquarters offices in Richmond, Wytheville and Fairfax.

He continued his commitment to public safety from 1985 to 1996 as executive director of the Virginia Operation Lifesaver Program that focuses on railroad crossing safety. Over the years he has been a member of many professional organizations and served on countless committees focusing on combating crime and enhancing highway traffic safety. The Virginia Transportation Safety Board presented him with a lifetime transportation safety award in 1996.

Col. Slane has been active in the Presbyterian Church as both a deacon and an elder for the past 30 years. He is a member of Kiwanis and Ruritan Clubs and the Virginia State Police Alumni group. He and his wife, Mary Jo, live in Harrisonburg. They have a son who is a Presbyterian minister in Birmingham, Alabama.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a trooper?
Please visit our Recruitment web pages for information.

What training is involved in becoming a trooper?
Please visit our Basic Training web page for details.

Who can use the academy facilities?
Only Virginia State Police employees on official training purposes may use the Academy facilities.  However, special training arrangements can be made by calling the Academy at (804) 674-2649.

Who can use the academy gymnasium?
Only Virginia State Police employees.

What if my question isn't answered within these pages?
Please call the Academy at (804) 674-2248 or e-mail questions pertaining to the Training Division or the State Police Academy to