Airport Police Officer Trainee

Dulles, VA
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority

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Opening Date:
May 20, 2022

Closing Date:
Please Note: All job announcements close at 11:59 p.m. of the day before the posted closing date.

As an Airport Police Officer Trainee, you will be trained to protect the travelling public, prevent crime and enforce applicable state and local laws. Airport Police Officers have the additional responsibility to enforce Airports Authority regulations.

Airport Police Officer Trainee

Works under the direct supervision of a sworn supervisor.

Serves in the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department at either Washington Dulles International Airport or Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Will be required to perform the following tasks: patrol an assigned area, mediate disputes, respond to calls for service, conduct searches, document suspicious behavior, detain suspicious persons, investigate criminal activity, collect evidence, interview victims and witness, arresting suspects, process prisoners, and testifying in court in accordance with Police General Orders. Performs related functions.



Under the direction of a sworn supervisor or instructor, participates in training sessions and drills to learn how to:

Patrol assigned sector/beat and respond to calls for service.

Identify motor vehicle violations.

Conduct on-scene and follow-up investigations.

Identify and investigate unusual or suspicious incidents.

Conduct constitutional searches and seizures.

Facilitate the safe flow of vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Serve legal documents including outstanding traffic, arrest and search warrants.

Preserve and control crime scenes; ensure proper collections and chain of custody for evidence.

Performs other duties as assigned.


A citizen of the United States of America. At least 20 years, 6 months in age.

Be able to:

Pass comprehensive medical examination including drug screening and vision; and pass cognitive and physical ability tests, psychological and polygraph examinations.

Successfully complete Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy.

Complete Field Training Program; obtain certification as Law Enforcement Officer by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.

Obtain certification as Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) Operator within 60 days of completion of Criminal Justice Academy training.

Obtain certification in firearms proficiency.

Ability to analyze data and information and respond appropriately.

Skill in using a computer and modern office suite software.

Ability to work under pressure and maintain emotional self-control.

Ability to speak and write effectively.


Associate’s Degree in Police Science, Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice or related field.

Knowledge of police procedures (as outlined in Title 19.2 of the Virginia Code) and knowledge of fundamental legal rights of law enforcement officers.

Knowledge of investigative procedures to enforce the law.

Skill in maintenance and use of firearms.

Skill in operation of motor vehicles especially in emergency situations.


A high school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).


A state or District of Columbia driver’s license in good standing.


This is a sworn job.  The incumbent is subject to one-time and recurring training, certification and other requirements and standards mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia and other proper authority.

Work requires moderate physical exertion and short bursts of intense physical effort.  May be required to lift, carry, or move persons and heavy objects.

May be exposed to communicable diseases. Wears personal protective equipment as needed.

Is subject to holdover and recall for emergencies and other reasons. May be required to work night hours or weekends or special shifts.

Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quality, quantity, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.

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A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.


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