Police Officer

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville Police Department

The Charlottesville Police Department invites applications for the position of Police Officer. Certified officers are encouraged to apply. Once applications are reviewed by the department, applicants will be invited to a written exam and physical agility test. A practice physical agility test will be available, times and dates to be determined.

Starting amount is $21.00 hourly ($43,681.39 annually) or higher depending upon qualifications.

Charlottesville Police Officers protect the people and property of Charlottesville by regularly patrolling assigned areas within the city in police vehicles, bicycles, and on foot. Officers respond to calls-for-service made by citizens, initiate investigations into criminal and traffic offenses, enforce local and state laws, uphold the United States Constitution, serve warrants and makes arrests, and regularly testify in courts of law; generally under the supervision of a first line supervisor.



• Knows the citizens of assigned patrol area and crime and traffic problems;
• Provides information to citizens relating to Crime Prevention;
• On an assigned shift, operates a patrol vehicle or walks in an assigned area to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order;
• Responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints;
• Issues summonses for parking and traffic violation;
• Serves warrants and makes arrests, maintains warrant records;
• Testifies in court;
• Provides police escorts;
• Directs traffic;
• Operates van in the transportation of prisoners or large recovered or confiscated properties;
• Reports unsafe condition existing in street or other public facilities;
• Assists with criminal investigations, conducts stakeouts, assists with the installation of surveillance equipment by presenting evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses;
• Prepares detailed reports;
• Performs related tasks as required.


Minimum Requirements:
• Must be at least 20 years and 6 months of age at time application is submitted (Must be 21 years of age by hire date);
• Must have at least a High School Diploma or GED equivalency;
• Must be a U.S. citizen;
• Must possess, or obtain, a valid, appropriate, driver's permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia by hire date. (To view our driving eligibility requirements, go to the 'About City Jobs' section of our FAQs on the HR webpage);
• Prior to employment, candidates must pass all phases of the screening process, to include a Physical Agility Test; written examination; interviews; physical and psychological evaluation; polygraph examination; background check including but not limited to references, criminal history check, and DMV check; pre-employment drug testing;
• If selected for hire, must also sign a no-smoking contract.

Automatic Disqualifying Factors: The following automatic disqualifiers will cause the processing of the applicant to be immediately discontinued:
• Convicted of a felony;
• Convicted of domestic violence;
• Misdemeanor conviction of any crime involving sex offenses;
• Convicted of DUI in the past 3 years;
• Convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, such as lying under oath or falsifying any official documents;
• Drug convictions;
• Any illegal use of marijuana within the past year;
• Illegal use of any schedule I, II, III, or IV drug within the last five (5) years;
• Failure to provide, at written examination date, a fully completed, honestly reported and notarized Personal History Statement.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Driving record with positive points and no accidents;
• College degree or relevant coursework;
• Department of Criminal Justice Services certification;
• Military experience with honorable discharge;
• Police or corrections experience;
• Proficiency in a language other than English.