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Police Officer

Location: Albemarle County, VA


Albemarle County Police Department


Open until filled.

Job Description / Responsibilities

The Police Officer performs general police work in the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work in this position normally consists of routine patrol, preliminary investigations and traffic control duties in a designated area on an assigned shift. Essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • patrols the County to preserve law and order, to identify and solve problems, to prevent and discover the commission of crimes, to serve the public and to direct traffic and enforce the motor vehicle law;
  • answers calls and complaints involving fire, automobile accidents, neighborhood disturbances and other misdemeanor and felony crimes;
  • secures crime scenes, administers first aid, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses and makes arrests;
  • testifies in court;
  • interviews/interrogates suspects, gathers information and prepares detailed reports;
  • gives advice on laws, ordinances and general information to the public;
  • covers an assigned sector/beat in the County;
  • maintains evidence and other property;
  • attends regular in-service training classes to maintain state certification;
  • conducts follow-up investigations;
  • performs crime prevention activities.

$38,727.15 - $40,663.50/Annually, depending on experience and qualifications (Add'l compensation information)

Employee Benefits


Entry-level knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures, or the ability to acquire this knowledge and apply it; general knowledge of the geography of the County and the location of important landmarks and buildings or the ability to acquire this knowledge rapidly; ability to deal courteously but firmly with the general public; demonstrated ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions, and to prepare clear and comprehensive reports; must be able to act without immediate supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergencies; physical ability to perform job tasks; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the general public. Must be high school graduate or possess GED supplemented by at least fifteen semester hours of college course work in criminal justice or a related field.

*Completion of the appropriate training prescribed by the Commonwealth of Virginia for an entry level position is required.

*Be sure to include college transcript(s) with application!

Typically performs duties on foot, from a motor vehicle or motorcycle; regular desk duties include writing reports, accessing computer information from computer terminals; frequent and extensive walking, standing and occasional running is necessary; occasional heavy lifting and pushing is required; extensive periods of sitting may be necessary; ability to physically subdue and restrain an individual is occasionally required; this position requires performance of duties in adverse weather, day and night; regular exposure to life-threatening and emotionally stressful situations is required; regular contact is made with the general public; frequent contact with community and school groups to inform and educate on crime prevention activities is necessary; occasional contact with government officials including Judges, and lawyers is necessary to serve as a witness or in conjunction with arrests and citations. Contacts may require considerable tact, diplomacy and discretion.

Employment Disqualifiers

How to Apply

POLICE OFFICER EXAMINATION - All persons interested in a position as Police Officer with Albemarle County are required to take the Police Officer Examination and Physical Agility Test.



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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: Hiring for Albemarle County shall be accomplished without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status or disability unless otherwise permitted by County policy or applicable law. Applicants hired by the County must be citizens of the United States or legally authorized to work in the United States. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for persons with disabilities if requested.

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