Certified Police Officer

Roanoke, VA
County of Roanoke

Salary: $51,300.08 – $61,294.99.

Closing Date: 12/31/2024.

Position Summary:

Performs protective service work involving general police duty that frequently involves an element of personal danger and is performed sometimes under emergency conditions. Enforces federal, state and local laws and ordinances. Promotes public knowledge of laws and ordinances and provides assistance to the public. Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned area during scheduled shift, observing for violations of traffic or other laws, issuing citations for violations. Observes for suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order. Checks doors and windows of buildings or residences to ensure security.
  • Works any shift, including holidays, weekends and overtime as assigned.
  • Responds to radio dispatches.
  • Communicates effectively over the police radio channels.
  • Ensures safe operation of assigned vehicle in emergency situations, congested traffic, inclement weather, and while operating a police radio.
  • Pursues fleeing suspects and effects an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using approved maneuvers and/or weapons as applicable.
  • Uses independent judgment in determining reasonable suspicion to detain and search, and probable cause to arrest a suspect.
  • Performs rescue operations at accidents, disasters, and other emergency situations.
  • Performs protective services in situations that may involve lifting, carrying, dragging, climbing, crawling, jumping, gaining entrance through barriers, directing traffic for long periods of time, and extinguishing small fires through the use of a fire extinguisher or other appropriate means.
  • Performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings and outdoor areas that may involve walking for long periods of time and detecting objects by using body senses.
  • Operates issued firearms under conditions of stress and at levels of proficiency and certification as prescribed by the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
  • Gathers and records information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informants.
  • Detects, preserves, and collects evidence and substances that form the basis of criminal offenses and infractions.
  • Ensures investigative and descriptive reports and sketches are prepared using appropriate spelling, sentence structure, grammar, mathematical computations, and symbols.
  • Transports prisoners and mentally ill persons using appropriate physical restraints.
  • Demonstrates the effective preparation, comprehension, and processing of legal and non- legal documents including criminal and traffic citations, affidavits and search warrants.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills with people by listening, providing information, mediating disputes, advising of applicable rights and processes, and maintaining composure when confronted with hostile views and opinions of suspects and others encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Provides testimony and evidence by conveying pertinent facts and details in court and other formal settings.


  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Some experience dealing with the public and enforcing rules.
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license with good driving record.
  • Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Twenty-one (21) years of age by date of hire, and not have any felony convictions.
  • Must successfully complete the minimum training standards as required by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.
  • Must not use tobacco products on or off duty to ensure compliance with the Virginia Heart and Lung Laws.
  • Must work fixed or rotating shifts including holiday and weekend work as assigned.
  • Must maintain your baseline physical condition.
  • Must be willing to update knowledge of law enforcement practices, legal issues, and equipment.
  • Must meet all existing policies and procedures of the Roanoke County Police Department and abide by the Roanoke County Police Department’s residency requirement.
  • Subject to a complete criminal history background search with acceptable results.
  • Must also be able to perform the job as described in the Physical and Environmental Demands section of this job description.