About the Academy

The Roanoke Police Academy has been training police officers for the demanding role of law enforcement for the City of Roanoke and neighboring jurisdictions since 1969. Formerly located in the Jefferson Center the new Roanoke Police Academy was dedicated in February 2010.

State of the Art Facilities
The Roanoke Police Academy is a state of the art training facility. Our facility has 28,000 square feet of training and office space. The Roanoke Police Academy has the capability of providing training to over 300 students at any given time. The academy offers 4 main classrooms that seat 25 students each. Two of these classrooms can be expanded to offer fifty seat capacity classrooms. Each classroom has the latest audio and visual technology available, to include smart boards (whiteboards), LCD projectors, high definition cameras, a speaker system with wireless microphone and security cameras.

The Roanoke Police Academy also offers a state-of-art computer lab. This lab contains 16 Dell computers along with smart board technology. Adjacent to the computer lab is an additional classroom that seats 12 students. This room not only serves as a classroom but also our Emergency Operations Center. The Academy has a break room with commercial grade refrigerators, tables/chairs, microwaves, dishwasher and oven. The Academy has a Library with law enforcement related material; this room also serves as our conference and meeting room.

Building Features
The Roanoke Police Academy has a full size gymnasium with basketball goals, training mats and a commercial grade ice maker. The Gymnasium has the ability to serve as a conference/seminar venue. We have the ability to accommodate 200 students/attendees by utilizing our folding chairs, LCD ceiling mounted high definition projector, motorized screen and wireless speaker system. Our academy has an indoor aquatic training center. This 20,000 gallon indoor pool is temperature controlled, and has the capability to be converted into a classroom with complete audio/visual equipment.

Fitness Facilities
The Roanoke Police Academy has a cardio and fitness room. This room contains several treadmills and stationary bikes along with basic weightlifting equipment. The academy has a simulator room. This room houses the Milo shooting and driving system. This system with its force-on-force configuration is only 1 of 2 in the entire country.
Roanoke Police Academy Building