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Sovereign Citizen Training for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors

Course Description:

The Virginia Office of the Attorney General (OAG), in cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), is pleased to announce a one day training bringing together law enforcement and prosecutors from jurisdictions across the Commonwealth to educate them about the sovereign citizen movement. The sovereign citizen movement involves individuals and groups who uniformly reject federal and state authority. Activities by these groups have included redemption schemes, use of fraudulent driver's licenses and vehicle plates, and use of documents that falsely claim diplomatic and law enforcement privileges. In recent years, law enforcement personnel in the Commonwealth have experienced a rise in the number of encounters with sovereign citizens. While the majority of these encounters do not involve violence, the potential for harm to law enforcement exists.

Who Should Attend?

This training is restricted to sworn Virginia law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Topics to be Addressed

This course will address sovereign citizens; laws available for prosecuting sovereign citizen individuals and groups; and effective methods for dealing with them. Topics will include:

  • Introduction and overview of Sovereign Citizen groups
  • Sovereign Citizen ideology and tactics
  • Moorish groups
  • Officer safety and road encounters
  • Legal theories under which Sovereign Citizens claim sovereignty
  • The legalese employed by Sovereign Citizens to confuse law enforcement and the courts
  • How the laws of the Commonwealth can address the crimes typically committed by Sovereign Citizens

Length of training:

One day (7 hours)


There is no registration fee for this course. Participants are responsible for their transportation, lodging, and meal expenses.


  • 12/05/2012 - 12/05/2012 - Charlottesville, VA

    • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
      990 Hilton Heights Road
      Charlottesville, VA, 22901    map
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

DCJS is not currently accepting registrations for this training.

Training Date and Site

December 5, 2012
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
990 Hilton Heights Road, Charlottesville, VA, 22901, Telephone: 434-973-2121

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Please contact one of these DCJS staff members:
Shellie MacKenzie

Kathi Lee

Donna Michaelis


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