Once a police officer is hired, if he or she has not already graduated from an accredited police academy, the William and Mary Police Department will require the officer to successfully complete a basic training police academy. Ongoing training takes place in the form of in-service and specialty training (such as Basic Investigations, Crime Scene Search, General Instructor, etc.). All schools and training are approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. This is a State agency that oversees training requirements for all Virginia law enforcement agencies. The William and Mary Police Department also provides various forms of In-Service training directed toward the specific needs of our campus community.
William and Mary Police Department officers and supervisors are armed. Each must undergo and satisfactorily complete firearms qualifications based on standards set by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. The William and Mary Police Department does have written deadly force and non-lethal force policies which are reviewed with the officers on a regular basis.