CCJA is Certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS) to teach the following Regulatory Programs:

  • ​​Alarm Respondent
  • Armed Security Officer
  • Armored Car Personnel
  • Central Station Dispatcher
  • Compliance Agents
  • Electronic Security Sales Representative
  • Electronic Security Technician
  • Electronic Security Technician's Assistant
  • Locksmith
  • Personal Protection Specialist
  • Private Investigator
  • Private Security Business License
  • Private Security School Certification
  • Security Canine Handler
  • Special Conservator of the Peace
  • Unarmed Security Officer/Courier
  • DCJS General Instructor Development
  • DCJS Firearms Instructor Development

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Vincent "Tommy" Chambers


operations and logistics

DCJS General/Firearms Instructor
ASHI Medical Instructor Trainer
U.S. Dept of State Contract Medic
EMT - Tactical/Wilderness

PSD contractor
Simunitions Safety Instructor
Simunitions FX Instructor

Larry Smith Pepper Spray Instructor
Glock/Remington/Mossberg/Bushmaster Armorer

Former Contract Instructor Blackwater USA
Former Contract Security for DHS and CBP
Member of International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
Member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)
Member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET)



professionals in their feilds

Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy (CCJA) is comprised of some the industry's best security professionals and Instructors.  The training offered at CCJA is as varied as the professionals that provide the training.  These experiences range from Private Security, Military, Law Enforcement, Civilian and PSD/WPPS contractors. The common thread among our staff is each instructor possesses the qualifications required by a nationally accepted or academic standard for certification as a General / Firearms Instructor.

All Instructors at Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy are active security professionals so the instructor not only teaches the material but also practices it in the field. This provides the student with the ability to get text book information that has been tempered in real world experience. 


Sergeant Firefighter Medic with Fredericksburg City Fire Department. SWAT team Medic for Fredericksburg Police Department. Lead Medcial Education coordinator.

Former Police Officer, Former Program Manager for Contract Security at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), DCJS General/Firearms Instructor, Maryland State Police Handgun Instructor, MDTS Instructor, Pepper Spray Instructor, Surveillance/Counter-surveillance Instructor, Taser International M-26 & X-26 Instructor, American Red Cross Instructor Trainer, Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors & Armorers Association Simulation Safety Instructor, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist (ATAB), Current Quality Assurance Manager and Strategic Planner for Contract Security to the US military and Federal Government.

Former U.S. Army, combat veteran (Iraq), current PPS/PSD contractor, General Instructor and Firearms and Tactics Instructor.

Lead SWAT instructor. Former Commander DC Metro Transit Police SWAT Team. Current General and Firearms Instructor.

Former Naval Special Warfare (Special Boat Team & other special mission units), combat veteran (Persian Gulf) current PSD contractor, General Instructor and Firearms and Tactics Instructor, Defensive Tactics/Judo Instructor.

Former U.S. Army Ranger 3rd Batt, Medic and combat veteran (Iraq) current PSD contractor, Dyncorp CIVPOL PSD,EODT convoy security, PSD Parsons RAID / EAGLE EYE FLIR system team leader, Cochise Security PSD, Convoy, ASP security for Class V cargo, Armor Group North America, PSD, Bachelors of Science, George Mason University ,General Instructor and Firearms and Tactics Instructor. TCCC medical Instructor.

Former Army Military Policeman / Combat Engineer, retired law enforcement Lieutenant. Owner/Editor New American Truth magazine, equipment evaluator Blackwater/US Training Center, Editor Current Maryland Police Instructor Firearms, Officer Survival, Defensive Tactics, Low Light Strategies, Force-on-Force Scenario, general topics. Current NRA Certified Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor. NRA Life Member, member Illinois Tactical Officer Assoc., Ohio Tactical Officers Assoc., National Tactical Officer Assoc., International Tactical Officers Training Assoc.

Former U.S Marine combat veteran, Former Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, developed the USMS Fugitive Task Force, National ERT team, Adjunct Instructor George Washington University for WMD. Director Dept. of Homeland Security ICE/Federal Protective Services NCR. Vice President Covenant Security Services. Federal Law Enforcement Firearms/Tactics Instructor, N.R.A. and FLETC Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor certified. Active member of International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association, ("ILEETA"), International Tactical Officers Training Association ("ITOTA"), and International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors, ("IALEFI").

Former U.S. Coast Guard; Retired Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Security, Multi-Disciplined Security Officer. Current EP/PSD Operator. General Instructor, Driving Instructor, Surveillance Counter Surveillance Instructor.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Instrumentation Biologist, Forensic Biologist, Virginia Division of Forensic Science, Analytical Chemist Assistant, Northern Illinois Police Crime Laboratory (NIPCL), Forensic DNA Intern, American Red Cross Instructor Certified: Instructor in First Aid, CPR, Water Safety, and Lifeguard Training, DNA Auditor Training, MARTIAL ARTS Instructor, Karate: 5th Degree Black Belt, Isshin-ryu Karate Instructor (20 years) Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: 2nd Degree Blue Belt, Assistant Instructor at "The LAB" mixed martial arts school, Jujitsu: Brown Belt, Judo: Green Belt.

Firearms & Tactics Instructor ACADEMI, Firearms & Tactics Instructor OMNIPLEX, Vice President Operations CCJA, Field Operations Manger Allied Barton, Branch Operations Manger US Security Assoc., Former New Hampshire Police Officer, EP/PSD Operator, DCJS General / Firearms Instructor, Larry Smith Pepper Spray Instructor, Safariland MEB Instructor, Safariland MDTS Instructor, ASHI First Aid CPR AED Instructor Trainer, AHA First Aid CPR AED Instructor Trainer, Red Cross First Aid CPR AED Instructor Trainer SWAT Medic Instructor, TCCC Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor

USAF Attack Controls Systems Specialist (DS/DS), Bail Enforcement Agent, Private Investigator, Personal/Executive Protection Specialist, Firearm and General Instructor, TM Spotsylvania County Search and Rescue, EMT, TCCC/Swat Medic, Level 3 Krav Maga

Mr. Greene is registered with Virginia DCJS as a private investigator, executive protection agent, and private security services instructor. Mr. Greene served as a law enforcement officer from 2004 until 2018 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. During his time as a law enforcement officer he worked a patrolman, SWAT member, crash reconstruction specialist, forensic field technician, defensive tactics instructor, field trainer, general instructor, police motorcycle operator, SWAT medic, and various other positions. Mr. Greene was appointed as his SWAT team's Training Coordinator, organizing and conducting training with the team and surrounding State, Local, and Federal tactical units. Mr. Greene is an instructor at Commonwealth Criminal Justice academy where he teaches courses involving firearms, investigations, and executive protection. Mr. Greene is the CCJA Lead SWAT Instructor, lead Defensive tactics instructor as well as the leader instructor for the Active Shooter program. Mr. Greene has supervised and conducted large scale surveillance and counter-surveillance operations domestically as well as internationally. Mr. Greene currently consults for several private companies for active shooter, investigations, and threat management.

Currently a DCJS General Instructor; Unarmed & Armed Security, DCJS Firearms Instructor; Handgun, Shotgun, Advanced Firearms/PPS, Patrol Rifle, Alarm Respondent, Security Officer Handgun. Retired West Virginia State Trooper, 20 years, Sergeant, Detachment Commander, Special Response Team (SRT) Entry Team member-13 years, Team Leader/Assistant Team Leader-7 years, Dept. of Justice FBI Chemical Agents Instructor, Dept. of Justice DEA Clandestine Lab Certified, US Army Counterdrug Special Reaction Team, Chemical munitions handler, Specialized Building Entry-Covert Entry and Subtle, Mechanical Breacher, Hostage Negotiator, Tactical Aircraft Entry certified, HazMat certified-operator level, US Army Veteran-9.5 years, 82nd Airborne Division, Jumpmaster

Currently a DCJS General Instructor; Unarmed & Armed Security, DCJS Firearms Instructor; Handgun, Shotgun, Alarm Respondent, Mine Safety Health & Training Surface Instructor, Certified West Virginia and Virginia surface mine instructor, West Virginia EMT. Mr. Dickens is also a Retired Army Combat Veteran after 25 years of service.

Mr. O’Neill has over fourteen years of law enforcement experience. He is a nine year law enforcement veteran and former Army Military Police Officer. During his career he has been involved in every type of criminal investigation at the local, state and federal levels. Jeff has served as a Detective, a member of the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force and has served as a team member of SWAT. He has graduated both Federal and State Police Academy’s along with holding several certifications such as General Instructor, Field Training Officer, Basic and Advanced SWAT, FBI Field Evidence Technician, Detective Level I and several other advanced evidence collection schools. Since 2009, Jeff has been an NRA Law Enforcement Instructor for Handgun and Shotgun. He is also a Civilian NRA Instructor certified in Pistol and Shotgun, Home Firearm Safety and Personal Protection in the home.

Mr. Thies has twenty-five years of experience in law enforcement, private security services and information security experience. Charles attended the University of Denver where he received a Masters of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems. He has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Bellevue University, Bellevue, Nebraska. He has worked in law enforcement and private security services in Florida and Colorado. His experience includes patrol, maritime enforcement, fraud investigations and digital forensics. Charles is a DCJS general instructor and firearms instructor.


Commonwealth Criminal

Justice Academy

(540) 322-3000 | DUNS #832518505 | Cage #5SCN0 | DCJS #88-1499



Training and Education

​Current Law Enforcement Officer

NRA Law Enforcement Handgun & Shotgun Instructor
Lead SWAT/TCCC Contract Medical Instructor for ACADEMI
U.S. Dept of State Contract Medic
U.S. Dept. of State Contract Firearms Inst
MVM Inc. Asst. Training Director
Former Contact Instructor Blackwater USA
NRA Certified Firearms Instructor
DCJS General/Firearms Instructor
Maryland State Police Handgun Instructor
MEB,MDTS, Senior Instructor
Law Enforcement Pepper Spray Instructor
American Red Cross Instructor Trainer
ASHI Medical Instructor Trainer
Former contract Instructor Trainer for the Virginia Department of Criminal
Justice Services (PSS) for General Instructor & Firearms Instructor development
Member of International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI)
Member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA)
Member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers (ASLET)
Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors & Armorers Association
Simunitions Safety Instructor
Simunitions FX Instructor
Virginia EMT-B, & EMT-E, NREMT
EMT- Tactical/Wilderness
Glock/Remington/Mossberg/Bushmaster Armorer



Training and Education

Dr. Pressley is Board certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He completed a Master of Public Health while stationed in London, England. Dr. Pressley was selected for and executed orders to his current assignment, Marine Helicopter Squadron One, Quantico, Virginia as the Senior Medical Officer (SMO). During this assignment, in addition to his responsibilities as SMO and Senior Flight Surgeon, he has been designated a Detachment Duty Officer and serves as a consultant in Osteopathic Medicine to the White House Medical Unit, providing direct care for Senior Executive staff. Dr. Pressley also served on staff of the Hanford Community Hospital as an Emergency Physician in the Level II trauma center. Dr. Pressley made two deployments providing tactical medical support for Special Operations Forces in Operation Enduring Freedom. Additionally, he provided support and tactical medical training for the 321st Special Tactics Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall, England.

CCJA list of available courses:

  • Handgun
  • Shotgun
  • M4/Carbine Patrol Rifle
  • Armorer Glock
  • Armorer Carbine
  • Relator Concealed Carry
  • Home Defense
  • Utah Concealed Carry
  • Accelerated EMT Program
  • (Adult) First Aid/CPR & AED
  • Entry Level Room Clearing
  • Close Quarters Shooting
  • Custom Driving Course
  • SWAT Medic
  • Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • SWAT
  • Sniper
  • Active Shooter Response
  • High Risk Warrant Service
  • Pursuit Driver Training
  • Close Quarters Shooting
  • Low Light Engagement
  • Room Clearing
  • Safariland Expandable Baton
  • Officer Survival
  • High Threat Contractor
  • Pre-deployment
  • Aircraft Ditch (Land/Water) Survival
  • High Threat Driver Training
  • Counter Ambush Course
  • Static Force Protection Training
  • Mobile Force Protection Training