Police Officer – Lateral Transfers

Smithfield, VA
Town of Smithfield

Salary: $47,791.50 – $78,855.98 Annually


The Town of Smithfield is looking for outstanding Certified Police Officers to transfer to our Accredited Police Agency.

As an already certified police officer, you will receive 50% of your current years of service for determination of salary.

The Town of Smithfield Police Department Offers the following benefits:

  • Take-home car program
  • Virginia State Retirement (LEOS) with an 1.85% hazardous duty multiplier
  • Excellent Health and Dental benefits with dependent options
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Life Insurance coverage with dependent options
  • Supplemental Coverage options through AFLAC
  • Paid vacation, sick and holiday time
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • Career Advancement Opportunities through Career Development Program and/or promotions
  • Numerous overtime and extra duty opportunities
  • Specialized Units: Emergency Response Team, Marine Patrol, Motor Unit, Bicycle Patrol, and Color Guard


  • Reduces the commission of crimes and maintains law enforcement by deterrence through high visibility patrol throughout the Town.
  • Apprehends and/or arrests persons who violate statutory law and/or municipal ordinances.
  • Monitors radio calls; communicates with radio dispatcher and responds to complaints, reports of criminal events, requests for law enforcement, and domestic or public disputes.
  • Inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments.
  • Secures crime scenes.
  • Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects; performs searches of people, vehicles and buildings; prepares investigative reports of findings, facts and related information; makes arrests and processes arrested suspects.
  • Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis for probable cause for criminal acts; and testifies in court.
  • Enforces traffic laws and regulations. Detects traffic violators; performs traffic accident investigations and makes reports. Facilitates the movement of traffic and pedestrians around accidents, disabled traffic control devices or heavily congested areas. Assists disabled motorists. Directs traffic for funerals and other public gatherings.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergency scenes, and disaster areas.
  • Serves criminal warrants and search warrants.
  • Completes and/or reviews paperwork documenting shift activities, offenses and incidents, victim and suspect statements, and other related information.
  • Assists other law enforcement personnel and agencies.
  • Transports prisoners.
  • Participates in a variety of law enforcement training and maintains certifications; and may train other personnel on radar, firearms, chemical agents, etc.
  • Engages in public relations and community service activities and events to promote a positive image for the Department and to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community.
  • May perform boat patrolling duties on adjacent waterways.
  • Must work any shift assigned to include evenings, overtime, weekends & holidays and be on call 24 hours a day as assigned.
  • Maintains equipment and work area.
  • Completes miscellaneous paperwork as required; and
  • Performs other assigned duties.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent; Associate’s degree preferred;
  • Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) Certification is required in order to perform essential functions;
  • Must be at least 21 years of age;
  • Must possess the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions, and to prepare clear reports;
  • Must possess the ability to deal professionally, courteously, and fairly with the public;
  • Must possess the ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances;
  • Must possess the ability to become skilled in the use of firearms and the operation of police vehicles;
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to serve on an on-call basis 24 hours per day as assigned;
  • Must have a valid drivers’ license with acceptable driving record;
  • Must have no felony or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude.
  • Or equivalent training, education, and/or experience