Sheriff's Business Academy

Purpose: What is the Sheriff’s Business Academy? 

The Sheriff’s Business Academy is a collaborative working relationship with the businesses in York County and the City of Poquoson. This eight-week block of instruction is designed to provide the business owners, managers, supervisors, and employees of York County and the City of Poquoson a workingSheriffs Business Academy knowledge of the Sheriff’s Office and the criminal justice system.

The Sheriff’s Business Academy is an eight comprehensive, two-hour classes each week that cover various areas of the Sheriff’s Office and specific law enforcement topics focusing on business-related themes. Certified law enforcement professionals, Sheriff’s Office supervisors, and guest speakers will lead these instructional blocks.

The curriculum covers diverse topics such as the History of the Sheriff’s Office, Internal Affairs and Citizens Advisory Committee, Community Services business programs and outreach, Uniform Patrol operations and specialized teams, Crime Analysis, Court Security and Civil Process procedures, legal aspects relating to businesses, Investigations, Workplace Safety, and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events to name a few.  

Goal: What is the Goal of the Sheriff’s Business Academy? 

The goal of the Sheriff’s Business Academy is to enhance a collaborative working relationship with the businesses in York County and the City of Poquoson through an educational process that focuses on business-related material and law enforcement and criminal justice education.

Length: How Long Does the Academy Last? 

 Each 8-Week Academy Session will meet on Tuesday evenings for 2 hours. We encourage personal attendance, but understand the restrictions that many businesses may face during the evening time frame and therefore, we are also offering this class virtually, during the academy session.

There is no charge for the Academy; however, a substantial commitment for participants to attend at least 6 of the 8 scheduled sessions in order to successfully complete and receive a Certificate of Graduation. 

Location: Where Will It Be Held? 

The academy’s sessions (in person) will be held at the main of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. Those who are unable to attend in person may be able to attend virtually through an online platform, as well.

Application: Who Can Apply? 

The Academy is open to all business owners, managers, employees working in the County of York or the City of Poquoson. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

How Can My Business Apply? 

Applications can be obtained in person at the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office or downloaded here.

If you have any questions concerning the Sheriff’s Business Academy, the Crime Prevention Unit can be reached Monday through Friday, 8AM – 4PM, at 757-890-3630. Written requests for information can be faxed to (757) 890-3649 or mailed to:

York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office
Attention: Crime Prevention Unit
301 Goodwin Neck Road
Yorktown, VA. 23692 

***Although academy participants will receive instruction and training in numerous law-enforcement-related subjects, the graduates are not prepared for, expected to, nor authorized to conduct any law enforcement services. It is hoped that the graduates will become goodwill ambassadors for the Sheriff’s Office. A positive comment from an alumni increases interest in the academy. Alumni also refer other citizens and business professional for consideration and application to future academy classes. ***  

Class Breakdown for the Sheriff’s Business Academy

“Getting Started”

Meet the Sheriff and the Major and tour the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. Learn about the history of the Sheriff’s Office and internal workings of professionalism, integrity, and community engagement.  

“Services Available for Community Members”

Learn about the various programs available to business members and citizens in York County and the City of Poquoson. How to protect yourself and your business from internal and external threats.

“Behind the Scenes”

Learn about how the Sheriff’s Office is currently working with the public through our Citizens Advisory Committee.

 “Solving the Crime”

See the latest techniques used by investigators in solving crimes.

 “Uniform Patrol” 

Learn what is involved in the day to day operations of a patrol deputy. Also, learn of the various specialty teams and their response to crisis situations.

“Building a Professional Agency”

Learn about the hiring process, accreditation process of a modern law enforcement agency and how crime analysis is incorporated to educate the agency and community in which it serves.

“Going to Court”

Learn how the court-system works, the law, and the civil process practices and procedures. What should you do when dealing with embezzlement and / or shoplifting?

 “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events”

Learn about how the mind and body will respond during an emergency event and discover the steps that can be taken to assist in your survival.


Learn about preventative measures that can be incorporated into daily activities to assist in the reduction of criminal activities in the workplace and safety methods and practices to lessen your opportunity of becoming a victim of a crime. Closing remarks and graduation certificates presented by Sheriff Diggs.