Model Policies for Virginia Law Enforcement Agencies

The Model Policies Manual for Virginia Law-Enforcement Agencies is a collection of important administrative and operational policies required by the Code of Virginia or adopted by DCJS to address new, changing, or emerging areas of criminal justice.

The Model Policies Manual is intended to help local agencies develop their own comprehensive written guidance that complies with or meets requirements of the Code. In many cases, the Code requires all law enforcement agencies to have written policy on certain topics, but it does not require agencies to adopt verbatim any of the model policies from this collection. If you have any suggestions for model policy topics, please contact Barbara Peterson-Wilson at 804.225.4503, or

The following Model Policies are published by DCJS and may be mandated by the Code of Virginia. Each January, these policies are reviewed and revised if appropriate. Policies are hyperlinked below.

DCJS Model Policies
Bias Reduction/Cultural Diversity 01-01-2010 2-1A
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 12-01-2012 2-19A
Juvenile Procedures 12-15-2008 2-29
Sexual Assault
For assistance in updating your agency's Sexual Assault policy, please contact Kristina Vadas
07-01-2012 2-31
Domestic Violence
For Full-service law enforcement agencies
09-12-2012 2-32
Domestic Violence/Stalking/Family Abuse
For Sheriffs with Court Security/Civil Process Functions
03-12-2007 2-32A
Lineups/Eyewitness Identification
Replaces former Suspect Lineup Procedures policy
03-19-2014 2-39
Line of Duty Deaths 09-13-2007 2-40
Death/Serious Injury Notifications 07-01-2008 2-41
Alzheimer’s Awareness 03-01-2012 2-42
Sexual Assault Response Teams
Vehicle Pursuits and Emergency Operation
01/06/2012 2-9
Auxiliary Police Officers
03/28/2013 3-1
The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services announces the Protocols for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by Law Enforcement Agencies 10/07/2013
Human Trafficking 11/13/2014 2-43
Missing Persons Model Policy 11/03/2015
Search and Rescue Model Policy 11/03/2015
Body Worn Camera Model Policy 11/19/2015


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