The Salem Police Department is one of the original founding member agencies of the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy. The Academy functions to provide state-mandated entry-level and in-service training to multiple law enforcement agencies throughout the western region of Virginia. Through cooperative efforts with other member agencies, the Salem Police Department contributes the skills and instructional abilities of twenty-seven officers who hold state certification as general or specialized instructors.
Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy is committed to providing professional law enforcement training to the police community. The men and women of the academy provide this service. The higher the skill, education level and training level of our personnel the higher the level of service provided. It is critical that the skill level of staff be fully developed, enabling them to recognize their full potential. Job satisfaction of employees through the knowledge that they are competently trained and provided with the tools to deliver these services will also serve to instill, in these employees; confidence, and a sense of pride in their job. It will serve to retain quality employees.