Certified Police Officer

Fairfax, VA
Fairfax Police Department

Salary: $71,839.00 – $120,710.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Criminal Investigations Lieutenant and Sergeant, conducts criminal investigations for serious crimes. Work involves processing crime scenes; interviewing witnesses and victims; interrogating suspects; preparing affidavits for search warrants and making criminal arrests. Presents criminal cases to prosecutors and testifies in court. Detectives will be assigned a position within the Criminal Investigations Division and assigned as Major Crimes, Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, Background Investigations, Computer Forensics, Cyber Crimes, or Juvenile cases. Detectives must remain flexible as to cases assigned to them.

Detectives are assigned cases by their supervisory staff and/or designee and are expected to work efficiently with little supervision. Communication with victims of crimes and keeping supervisors apprised of developments with cases is expected. Detectives may also be placed on Task Forces part time basis as an additional duty. Hours of operation are 8-9 hours a day on weekdays, however, call out may be necessary to include nights and weekends. Detectives often have to be flexible with their schedule and remain committed to serving the citizens of the City of Fairfax.


  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Virginia Certified Police Officer who is a graduate of the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, or Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy.
  • 20 or more years of experience, 10 years of investigatory experience, currently certified or retired with good standing.
  • High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
  • Eyesight must meet a minimum of 20/20 binocular vision.
  • Corrective glasses may be worn.
  • Uncorrected vision with glasses must be no worse than 20/100 in either eye, corrective soft contact.
  • Must demonstrate successful long term wear of lenses of 6 months minimum for pre-employment examination lenses may be worn, uncorrected vision with soft contacts must be no worse than 20/200.
  • No felony convictions.
  • Must be of good character and reputation, have a favorable credit record, possess the ability to speak clearly, hear, analyze, understand, and follow complex oral and written instructions.
  • Possession of a valid operator’s license.
  • Current Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) certified police officer.