Police Officer – Lateral

Richmond, VA
Richmond Police Department

Salary: $53,476.80 – $97,822.40 Annually.

Position Summary:
The purpose of the class is to execute general duty police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. This class is responsible for patrolling the city, responding to citizen calls, conducting preliminary investigation activities, and maintaining police records. This class works according to set procedures under general supervision.
Essential Functions:

  • Patrolling assigned city jurisdiction for traffic and other violations utilizing a variety of means of transportation including patrol car, motorcycle, bicycle, and horse.
  • Making traffic stops and intervening in other criminal activity.
  • Conducting general field services, including monitoring police radio and responding to citizen calls and complaints.
  • Obtaining and issuing warrants.
  • Marking and packaging evidence.
  • Processing crime scenes.
  • Investigating potential arson cases.
  • Providing surveillance.
  • Interviewing suspects and witnesses, and following-up with victims.
  • Fingerprinting and photographing suspects.
  • Conducting computer-generated searches to gather information on suspects.
  • Preparing for and participating in prosecution of cases in court.
  • Interacting with City and community agencies and groups.
  • Responding to citizen calls, complaints and requests for information.
  • Maintaining case files, data and preparing regular reports.
  • Other duties as assigned when needed.


  • Must have met criteria for previous Career Development level for Police Recruit. Requires one year of experience as a sworn Law Enforcement Officer.
  • High school or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience (as approved by the department) may be used to meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.
  • US citizenship.
  • Must possess a valid Commonwealth of Virginia Driver’s License.
  • The selected candidate must be in possession of a valid Law Enforcement Certification from the Department of Criminal Justice Service.