Police Officer (Certified)

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville Police Department

$53,069.54 – $62,836.80 Annually

Applicants MUST be Virginia DCJS Certified to be eligible.

  • May be eligible for hiring bonus. Contact the Police Department for more information.

Typical hiring amount will be between $25.51 and $30.21 an hour ($53,069.54 to $62,836.80 annually). Starting offer is based on applicable education, experience, and internal equity. This is a full-time, non-exempt, position and provides excellent benefits including but not limited to: health insurance options with employer contribution, paid vacation and sick leave, employer-paid life insurance, City’s retirement options, gym reimbursement program, and continuing education/training opportunities.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

  • Patrols in designated geographic patrol districts to preserve law and order, identifies and solves problems, prevents crimes, and improves traffic safety through the enforcement of motor vehicle laws.
  • Partners with community residents, business owners and other City employees to solve problems of crime, safety, and disorder.
  • Responds to calls for service from the community and from radio dispatchers.
  • Secures crime scenes, administers first aid, locates witnesses, conducts preliminary investigations, searches & gathers evidence, makes arrests, and serves warrants.
  • Responds to burglar and robbery alarms.
  • Conducts follow-up investigations.
  • Issues summonses for parking and traffic violations.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and writes detailed accidents reports.
  • Interviews victims, witnesses, and suspects involved in incidents.
  • Documents incidents in detail and maintains concise police reports and records.
  • Reports unsafe conditions existing in streets or other public facilities.
  • Maintains evidence and other property.
  • Drives and safely operates police vehicles.

Education, Experience and Skills

Education Requirement:

  • High School Diploma or GED equivalency required.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Successful completion of field training and one (1) year of probationary period after field training.
  • Must hold and maintain: Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services; Certification in the Virginia Crime Information Network (VCIN); Certification in firearms proficiency.
  • By employment start date, possession of a valid appropriate driver’s permit issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Must be a US citizen or be a permanent resident alien who, in accordance with the requirements of the USCIS, is eligible and has applied for citizenship (proof is required). Note: an application for waiver of minimum qualifications (citizenship) must obtained and approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
  • Must be able to successfully and satisfactorily pass phases of the screening process, which may include a physical agility test, oral interviews, completion of a comprehensive background investigation, a polygraph exam, psychological and medical exams, and pre-employment drug screening.
  • Must have also signed a Condition of Employment Agreement acknowledging the prohibition of the use of tobacco products on and off duty.