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Four New Leesburg Police Officers Graduate the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Basic Law Enforcement School

Post Date:06/15/2020 1:37 PM

Leesburg, VA (June 15, 2020) – Today, four new Leesburg Police Officers graduated from the 142nd Session of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy’s (NVCJTA) Basic Law Enforcement School.  The NVCJTA, which is a nationally accredited law enforcement training academy, provides basic training for police officers and deputy sheriffs in compliance with the standards required by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).  Officers Mercy Andrade, Todd Cockerham, Gregory Graves, and Chelsea Massie successfully completed more than 700 hours of basic law enforcement training during the 20-week program, which covers a multitude of topics through a combination of lecture and practical exercises.


“These four new officers enter into the profession at a time where their bravery is not only required when putting themselves in harms way, but at a time where the act of putting on the badge itself calls for unassailable courageousness.  Regardless, they are ready to serve,” said Leesburg Police Chief Greg Brown.


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this session’s graduation ceremony is being held over multiple dates this summer to allow for proper recognition of all graduates.  We are pleased to announce that Leesburg Officer Andrade sang the National Anthem at today’s graduation ceremony, and will do so for each of Session 142’s subsequent graduation ceremonies.  Participating agencies of the NVCJTA include Arlington County Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Office,  City of Alexandria Police Department, City of Alexandria Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax City Police Department, George Mason University Police Department, Leesburg Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, City of Manassas Police Department, Manassas Park Police Department, Metro Transit Police Department, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, Northern Virginia Community College Police Department, and the Town of Purcellville Police Department.  On behalf of the men and women of Leesburg Police, congratulations to all of the Session 142 graduates! 


Our new officers will now be placed in a structured 12-week field training program with seasoned field training officers.  Upon successful completion of the field training program, they will each be certified for solo patrol.  Please welcome our newest officers as you see them around town!

Leesburg PD Session 142 Academy Graduation

(Photo L-R: Officer Graves, Officer Massie, Chief Brown, LPD Academy Instructor Officer Zebrine, Officer Cockerham, Officer Andrade)



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Officer Michael Drogin, Public Information Officer

Email:, 703-771-4538

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