PURCELLVILLE, Va. JUNE 19, 2019 — Today the Purcellville Police Department celebrated the graduation of four Purcellville Police officers from the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy. The event was held this morning in Fairfax at George Mason University. The academy session began in January and concluded today with 105 recruits becoming officers or deputies within the Northern Virginia area.
The recruits attend rigorous training which is in compliance with the standards required by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. The recruits study four modules of legal, patrol, criminal investigations and skills. The recruits are tested on and must pass all state mandated objectives/criteria as well as complete all performance-based tests. Some of the critical performance based tests include CPR, control tactics, firearms training, and driver training.
The Town is pleased to welcome the following into the ranks of sworn officers serving the Town:
- Officer Alexander Burkett
- Officer George “Trey” Hammond III
- Officer Hannah Nelius
- Officer Lauren Ritter
Officer Burkett was recognized during the graduation ceremony for having the second highest academic score among all police officer recruits. He concluded the academy with final grade of 97.11%. Officer Hammond received the “Top Shot” award with a firearms score of 99.86%.
These officers will be paired with field training officers for approximately three months. At the successful conclusion of the field training program, each officer will be a solo beat police officer and will begin their career of serving and protecting our community. We are very pleased to have them on board with us! Please join us in welcoming them to our community!