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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 Kristi Shalton at 804.786.7801.

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.

Subject Last Revision Policy #
Bias Reduction/Cultural Diversity 2-1A
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs 2-19A
Juvenile Procedures 2-29
Sexual Assault

For assistance in updating your agency's Sexual Assault policy, please contact Kristina Vadas

Domestic Violence

For Full-service law enforcement agencies

Domestic Violence/Stalking/Family Abuse

For Sheriffs with Court Security/Civil Process Functions This policy is currently being revised. For assistance in updating your agency’s Domestic Violence Policy, or for the status of the revision, please contact Kristina Vadas.

Lineups/Eyewitness Identification

Replaces former Suspect Lineup Procedures policy

Line of Duty Deaths 2-40
Death/Serious Injury Notifications 2-41
Alzheimer’s Awareness 2-42
Sexual Assault Response Teams Model Protocol

For additional information on Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART), please contact Kristina Vadas

Vehicle Pursuits and Emergency Operation 2-9
Protocols for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by Law Enforcement Agencies
Human Trafficking 2-43
Missing Persons Model Policy
Search and Rescue Model Policy
Body Worn Camera Model Policy
Auxiliary Police Officers 3-1