Police Academy


Delivering high-quality training is paramount, and the DC Metropolitan Police Department is on the cutting edge. During the 28 weeks of academy training, recruits learn from the best instructors in law enforcement. From our 360 degree simulator to our indoor tactical training center for scenario-based learning, the MPD has it all.  


  • Physical Training Program
  • Maintaining physical fitness is an important part of being a police officer. Prior to beginning any physical training program, it is recommended to be cleared for physical activity by your physician. All recruits are strongly encouraged to begin working out and conditioning themselves physically prior to starting academy training. In fact, it is recommended that all applicants begin working out in preparation as soon as they start the application process.  

    All applicants must also pass a physical agility test as part of the hiring process.  

    To help prepare for the academy, here are some goals to strive for:

    • At least 25 correct push-ups in one-minute
    • At least 30 correct sit-ups in one-minute
    • 1.5 mile run in fifteen minutes and fifty-four (15:54) seconds or less (walking during any portion is disqualification)
    • 300-meter sprint in sixty-six (:66) seconds or less (walking during any portion is disqualification)
  • Academy Schedule
  • Below is an example training schedule. Please note that when recruits are in specialized training, such as Civil Disturbance Unit training, Firearms Training, and Vehicle Skills Training, their entire day is dedicated to that specialized skill. 

    Typical academy hours are from 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM (but are subject to change).

    Time: Topic:
    0630 - 0700 Roll Call and Inspection
    0700 - 0900 Physical Training and Defensive Tactics
    0900 - 1100 Classroom Instruction
    1100 - 1130 Lunch
    1130 - 1500 Classroom Instruction
  • Classwork and Curriculum
  • Recruits undergo classroom and scenario-based learning. The Recruit Officer Training Program curriculum is comprehensive and includes some of the following subject areas:

    • Ethics, Communication, and De-Escalation
    • Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE)
    • Procedural Justice & Legitimacy 
    • Investigative Skills
    • Report Writing
    • Criminal Law and Court Procedures
    • District of Columbia Criminal Code, District of Columbia Municipal and Traffic Regulations
    • Crime Scene Documentation and Preservation
    • Firearms Training
    • Emergency Vehicle Driver’s Training and Operation
    • Civil Disturbance Training
    • Active Threat Training
    • Physical Fitness Training
    • Subject Control, Defensive Tactics, and Use of Force Training
  • What to Expect
  • Recruits receive classroom and hands-on scenario-based training which will challenge them academically, mentally, and physically.  Recruits can also expect a rigorous curriculum delivered by a dedicated and experienced staff.

  • Uniforms & Equipment
  • MPD provides recruit officers with the MPD recruit officer uniform, consisting of uniform shirts and pants for the duration of their training at the Academy.  Recruits will also be supplied with soft body armor, duty belt, police uniforms, and other items of equipment as they progress through their training.  Police officers are provided with uniforms and equipment throughout the career.