Police Officer I

Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Police Department

Salary: $61,503.00 – $110,104.00 Annually.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols a designated area of the City on foot, on a radio-equipped motorcycle, or in a radio-equipped car to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, to direct traffic and to enforce motor vehicle operation and parking regulations;
  • Answers calls and complaints involving fire, automobile accidents, robberies, neighborhood disturbances and other misdemeanors and felonies;
  • Secures the scene of a crime, administers first aid, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses and makes arrests;
  • Testifies as a witness in court in connection with arrests and citations;
  • Administers first aid at the scene of automobile accidents, interviews witnesses, gathers information and prepares detailed accident reports;
  • Interviews persons with complaints and inquiries, attempts to make proper disposition, or directs them to proper authorities;
  • Gives advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public;
  • Conducts investigations of vice and narcotics activities, investigates reports of stolen automobiles and property stolen from automobiles, and conducts follow-up investigations of homicides and thefts;
  • Covers an assigned beat with primary emphasis on traffic law enforcement and provides specialized traffic control services in connection with parades and similar public events;
  • Investigates charges of fraud, forgery, embezzlement and bad checks;
  • Processes crime scenes;
  • Maintains evidence and other property;
  • Recruits applicants for police positions;
  • Investigates cases of runaways, assaults, larcenies, burglaries, sex involving juveniles, child neglect and abuse, and vandalism;
  • Conducts foot patrol and building searches, and tracks wanted persons as a K-9 official;
  • Responds to domestic trouble and civil dispute cases;
  • Investigates homicides, suicides, felonious assault and all sex-related cases when assigned as an investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division;
  • Educates the public in crime prevention;
  • Attends regular training classes in police methods, first aid, firearms qualifications and related subjects;
  • Keeps informed with respect to persons of known bad character and places of questionable legality within an assigned area;
  • Maintains records and prepares reports;
  • Performs related work as required.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • One year of work experience involving public contact under varying circumstances; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.
  • Employees must possess a valid driver’s license issued by the state of their residence.
  • Candidates for this class are required to meet the minimum age and medical standards as established by the Human Resources Department.
  • Good character and background are essential requirements.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Four-Year College Degree or equivalent, directly-related work experience.