Police Recruit

Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville Police Department

Salary: $53,069.54 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Charlottesville Police Department invites applications for the position of Police Recruit. Police Recruits, under instructional supervision, participate in a formal academy training to successfully complete the Virginia state certified police officer training at the Central Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Academy. Recruits will contribute to basic various law enforcement functions and may participate in ride alongs. The Academy provides recruits with classroom training, physical fitness, and simulation training. This position reports to a Police Corporal or Sergeant.

Essential Functions:

  • Participates in and receives formal training at the Police Academy. Coursework and training includes but is not limited to: scheduled physical fitness, criminal and traffic laws, search and seizure, first aid/CPR, fair and impartial policing, cultural diversity, prevention of bias-based policing, defense tactics utilizing de-escalation techniques, firearms, driver training, officer survival, DUI investigation, active shooter, speed measurement, and crime scene investigation.
  • Participates in ride alongs and experiences basic law enforcement functions necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of a Police Office, which includes but are not limited to skilled performance of traffic control, general investigations, crime prevention, communications, first aid, crime scene investigation procedures, and fingerprinting.
  • Becomes familiar with Virginia Laws and City ordinances.
  • Becomes familiar with Charlottesville Police Department rules and regulations.
  • Becomes familiar with Charlottesville Police Department computer systems to obtain, track, and report information.
  • Participates in emergency vehicle operations training and firearm familiarization courses.
  • Participates in mandatory and elective trainings.
  • May be required to report to work on scheduled days off, or report back to work, should a disaster or emergency arise.
  • Performs all duties with the highest degree of confidentiality and personal and professional integrity.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.
  • Must be at least 20 years of age at time of the application and 21 years of age by police academy graduation.
  • 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 be obtained and approved by the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
  • Must be able to successfully and satisfactorily pass all phases of the screening process, to include a written exam, physical agility test, oral interviews, completion of a comprehensive background investigation, a polygraph exam, psychological and medical exams, and pre-employment drug screening.
  • Successful completion of the police academy and field training.
  • Must obtain and maintain: Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Certification in the Virginia Crime Information Network (VCIN), and Certification in Firearms Proficiency.
  • Must sign a Condition of Employment Agreement acknowledging the prohibition of the use of tobacco products on and off duty.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Associate degree or higher in law enforcement, public administration or related field from an accredited university or college;
  • Prior law enforcement, military, or corrections experience;
  • Current law enforcement certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia;
  • Professional working proficiency, or higher, in a foreign language or American Sign Language;
  • Law enforcement related internships.