Any individual who wishes to become a D.C. Special Police Officer must go through the training requirements established by D.C. law.  Special Police Officers are required to complete 96 hours of training before he/she can be licensed as an armed SPO.

You must complete a minimum of 40 hours of firearms training

You must complete an additional 56 hours of training covering:

  • Arrest powers
  • DC Criminal Codes
  • Search and seizure
  • Use of Force/Positional asphyxia
  • De-escalation Techniques
  • Terrorism Awareness
  • Bomb Threats
  • Report Writing
  • Community Policing
  • Customer service
  • ASP baton
  • Handcuffing
  • OC/Foam Spray Training
  • First Aid/CPR.


  • Must be 21 years old
  • Citizen of the United States
  • Good moral character




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