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Constitutional Foundations of Law Enforcement Seminar

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The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), in partnership with The Montpelier Foundation, is pleased to announce this 2-day Constitutional Foundations of Law Enforcement Seminar.

As with any government job, it’s imperative that law enforcement officials are deeply in tune with the rules and regulations that govern their work. In a field that’s heavily scrutinized and often dangerous, having a strong constitutional foundation is important when making split-second decisions. Montpelier is leading the charge in targeted constitutional education for law enforcement officers. Instead of focusing on how the Constitution limits law enforcement, Montpelier teaches law enforcement agents to embrace the Constitution as a steadfast and reliable guide for securing communities.

The immersive nature of studying the Constitution at Montpelier sets this program apart from other training opportunities. Instead of sitting in large lecture halls or hotel conference rooms, participants are tasked with engaging each other and faculty on core American ideals at the very home of the architect of the Bill of Rights. Participants are housed on the property overnight, affording continued opportunities for discourse after the sessions have dismissed.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Constitutional Law Update

  • Second Amendment

  • Fourth Amendment

  • Fifth Amendment

  • Sixth Amendment

  • Management of Mass Demonstration Events

  • Tabletop Exercises

Who should attend?

This conference is open to sworn law enforcement officers only.

Partial In-service Credit

Law enforcement officers who complete this training are eligible to receive partial in-service credit hours. 

Seminar Location and Hours

James Madison’s Montpelier 
11350 Constitution Highway
Montpelier Station, VA 22957

Training will run from 4:30pm - 6:00pm on June 3, 2024 (optional pre-seminar event)

Training will run from 8:45 AM – 5:30 PM on June 4, 2024

Training will run from 8:45 AM – 3:00 PM on June 5, 2024

Meals, Travel and Lodging

Dinner will be served on June 3, 2024.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served on June 4, 2024.

Breakfast and lunch will be served on June 5, 2024.

Participants are responsible for all other meals and travel expenses.

Lodging assistance is available upon request and approval by DCJS. Upon registration, please click this link to secure lodging.

Note: Please do not make reservations on your own if you are requesting lodging assistance from DCJS through the lodging request form above. If your request is approved, you will be added to the DCJS lodging block. If your request is not approved, you will be notified and will need to make your own arrangements.

Cost and Registration

There is no fee to attend the conference and training materials will be provided. 

Pre-registration is required.  It is the responsibility of the DCJS assigned course director to review the roster and make a final determination on acceptance into the course. Registrants not accepted will be notified via the email address provided during registration.


For More Information, Contact:

Chris Scuderi
Email Chris