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On March 22, 2024, 11 recruits graduated from the Hanover County Criminal Justice Academy. Today’s ceremony was held at the Life Church in Mechanicsville.

Colonel David R. Hines delivered an address, as well as presented them with their certificates and awards. All of the graduates will enter into the final phase of their training as patrol deputies where they will spend at least 15 weeks with a field training officer.

In addition to the 11 Hanover graduates, three recruits from the Ashland Police Department graduated from the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Justice Academy.

Over the past 22 weeks, each graduate successfully completed over 820 hours of instruction. In addition, the recruits were tested on over 1300 training objectives established by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Anyone interested in learning more about a career in law enforcement with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is encouraged to contact us at 804-365-HCSO or visit our website at