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Police Officer

Location: Charlottesville, VA


Charlottesville Police Department


Open until filled.

Job Description / Responsibilities

The Charlottesville Police Department invites applications for the position of Police Officer. Certified officers are encouraged to apply.

A Police Officer protects and defends citizens and the Constitution as well as personal and private property, enforces criminal and traffic law, serves warrants and makes arrests, generally under the supervision of a first line supervisor; performs related work as required.

Essential Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Knows the citizens of assigned patrol area and crime and traffic problems;
  • Provides information to citizens relating to Crime Prevention;
  • On an assigned shift, operates a patrol vehicle or walks in an assigned area to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order;
  • Responds to radio dispatches and answers calls and complaints;
  • Issues summonses for parking and traffic violation;
  • Serves warrants and makes arrests, maintains warrant records;
  • Testifies in court;
  • Provides police escorts;
  • Directs traffic;
  • Operates van in the transportation of prisoners or large recovered or confiscated properties;
  • Reports unsafe condition existing in street or other public facilities;
  • Assists with criminal investigations, conducts stakeouts, assists with the installation of surveillance equipment by presenting evidence, interviewing victims and witnesses;
  • Prepares detailed reports;
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Hourly: $19.38 - $28.84 // Annually: $40,310.00 - $59,977.63

Hiring amount is $19.38 hourly ($40,310.00 annually) or higher depending upon qualifications.


High School Diploma or GED equivalency required.

None required.

Disqualifying Factors:

  •    Age less than 21 at time of hire (must be at least 20 years and 6 months of age at time application is submitted)
  •    Drug convictions
  •    DUI convictions in the past 5 years
  •    Felony convictions
  •    Inability to obtain a Virginia driver's license
  •    Lack of U.S. citizenship
  •    Lack of a high school diploma or GED

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Driving record with positive points and no accidents
  • College degree or relevant coursework
  • Department of Criminal Justice Services certification
  • Military experience with honorable discharge
  • Police or corrections experience
  • Proficiency in a language other than English

Special Requirements:

  • Prior to employment, candidates must pass all phases of the screening process, to include a Physical Agility Test, written examination, physical and psychological evaluation; polygraph examination; background check including but not limited to references, criminal history check, and DMV check; pre-employment drug testing. 
  • Employees must also sign a no-smoking contract.

Requires the knowledge of or ability to obtain the knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures; general knowledge of the geography of the City and location of important buildings; general knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Police Department; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instruction and to prepare clear concise reports; ability to deal courteously but firmly with the public; ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of a action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; skill in the use of firearms and the operation of motor vehicles.

Physical Conditions & Work Contacts:
Routinely works driving a government vehicle, often works outdoors in differing weather conditions and at times in highway directing traffic and pedestrians and often coming in close contact with the general public. Work can be physically demanding.

How to Apply


Position is open until filled.

Once applications are reviewed by the department, applicants will be invited to physical and written testing. A practice physical agility test will be available, times and dates to be determined. Qualified candidates will be provided further testing information by email.

All requests for special accommodations due to disability will be considered, but must be made in writing, must arrive no later than two weeks after your application was submitted, and must include verification of disability and state the form of accommodation which is requested. This request must be sent to:

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Galloway Beck
Director of Human Resources
City of Charlottesville
605 East Main Street
P.O. Box 911
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Please visit the department website to learn more.

More Information

Individuals required to register with Selective Service must show proof of registration as a condition of employment (pursuant to Section 2.2-2804, Code of Virginia.) The City requires pre-employment drug testing for all positions. Applicants selected for positions that require driving will be asked to provide a certified copy of their DMV driving record and must meet The City�s driving eligibility requirements.

The City of Charlottesville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minority and disabled individuals are encouraged to apply. The City of Charlottesville will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

You will be asked to provide proof of identity and eligibility for work in the U.S. in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act.