Hiring, training, certification, promotions, name changes, job changes, retirement and more - TRACER keeps track of it all. The Training and Certification Electronic Records (TRACER) is the automated records system utilized by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to track criminal justice personnel employed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Agencies begin the process locally by entering new hires and are able to periodically update the records of their employees (e.g. name changes, change in functions, ranks, and separations from their agencies). Simple forms are completed to accomplish this. TRACER allows agencies to review their employees to check for accuracy of any information entered regarding their personnel. 
TRACER monitors compliance with training requirements by criminal justice personnel. This enables the Department to inform agencies of criminal justice personnel who might become delinquent in the completion of their training and to ensure that criminal justice personnel are in compliance with their mandatory training requirements as required by the Code of Virginia. TRACER is secure to prevent unauthorized data access. If your agency does not currently have access to TRACER, simply complete the "TRACER - Confidential Information Agreement"  and submit it to 

Accessing TRACER

Click here to access TRACER. TRACER is an online system and does not require a download. 


Computer System Requirements:

 TRACER is a web based program that will run on any of the major browsers. 

*Please note: If you are using Scantron for grading exams, you will need to be on a Windows based computer.  Hard drive space and memory requirements are negligible.

For Scantron Testing:

If you already have a scanner installed and are migrating from ACE, download the self-extracting-file below.  

  1. After downloading the file, launch TRACER.exe.  
  2. Enter C:\TRACER in the Extract to: section.

  3. After it completes, go to your C:\TRACER folder.
  4. Launch DScan.exe 

Contact Information

Lisa Thornton
(phone) 804.786.4154 
(fax) 804.786.0410

Amy Sink 
(phone) 804.786.7898 
(fax) 804.786.0410