Police Officer Recruit

Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Police Department
Salary: $42,723.20-$63,398.40

Upon completion of training, a police officer enforces state laws and local ordinances and arrests suspected violators of the law; responds to citizen-initiated calls for service and conducts self-initiated investigations while patrolling a specific geographical area to deter criminal activity; explains laws and police procedures to citizens; operates keyboard data terminals; checks for want/warrants on persons; identifies, collects and preserves evidence; mediates domestic disputes; prepares various reports and documents to complete investigations; and presents evidence and testimony in a judicial setting. Police personnel are required to work rotating shifts and holidays.

Pay Range:Y.21, $42,723.20 – $63,398.40

Application Deadline: 3/29/19



Upon employment, police officer recruits attend a 26-28 week academy training program. Recruits are provided daily classroom instruction in such areas as Basic Law, Criminal Investigation, Report Writing and Cultural Diversity as well as practical experience in Defensive Driving, Firearms and Water Safety. Attainment of mandated objectives, including firearms qualification, shall be accomplished through a series of tests and practical exercises throughout the Recruit Academy session. Students are responsible for maintaining all notes taken during class, and the successful student must maintain a minimum academic average of 85% on all tests during the academy. After completing the academy, successful candidates will be assigned to a Police Training Officer for a minimum of fifteen weeks of "on the job" or field training.


*20 years of age to apply, 21 years of age at the time of academy graduation
*U.S. citizen at time of employment (or application in process and citizenship expected by academy graduation)
*Virginia or North Carolina driver's license (or eligible to obtain)
*High school graduate (or equivalent)
*Successful completion of testing and acceptable background investigation, including polygraph exam
*Eligible for issuance of a handgun permit by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
*Upon receiving a conditional offer of employment, successful completion of medical and psychological exams (provided at City expense)
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work rotating shifts (days/evenings/midnights) including weekends and holidays and be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs. This is a safety sensitive position and is subject to random drug testing. Positive drug test results may result in counseling and/or discipline, up to and including, termination.