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Police Officer

Location: Christiansburg, VA


Christiansburg Police Department


September 8, 2017 by 5:00 pm

Job Description / Responsibilities

The Christiansburg Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.

The Police Officer is to protect life and property, to deter criminal activity, and to enforce all Town statutes, ordinances, and the laws and regulations of the state. Incumbents in this class may be assigned to perform special assignments, such as field training officer, drug investigations, school resource, internet crimes investigations, K-9 unit, crime prevention or other special assignment. 

The expected starting pay for this position will be $37,598/annually, but may be negotiable (DOQ/E). Application/materials must be submitted no later than by 5 p.m.


  1. Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints.  Subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  2. Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols, and mathematical computations.
  3. Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used and to what degree.
  4. Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by such things as fog, smoke, rain, ice, and snow.
  5. Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  6. Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers.
  7. Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches, and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  8. Load, unload, aim, and fire from a variety of body positions, handguns, shotguns, and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  9. Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings, and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  10. Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  11. Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol, and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  12. Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes, and advising of rights and processes.
  13. Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  14. Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  15. Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  16. Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies, and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging, and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  17. Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  18. Put on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.
  19. Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  20. Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits, and warrants.
  21. Process arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions.
  22. Ability to investigate, document, and describe in an articulate manner.

NOTE:  The successful applicant must be able to perform ALL of the above essential job functions of a law enforcement officer, unassisted and at a pace and level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirements.  This requires a high level of physical ability to include vision, hearing, speaking, flexibility, and strength.


Since law enforcement officers are required to enforce the law and they are exposed to certain temptations to show favoritism, corruption, or unlawful monetary gain, it is a “business necessity” that officers exhibit a history and characteristics of honesty, reliability, and ability to manage personal finances, interpersonal skills, and integrity.

Additionally, law enforcement officers are frequently placed in a position of physical and mental stress.  Therefore, a history of mental or physical disability may be grounds for denying employment or these factors might be a consideration in the hiring process.  Applicants posing a substantial risk of injury to themselves, other officers, and the public are at a substantial disadvantage in the hiring process.



A. Must be a citizen of the United States.

B. Must be 21 years of age.

C. Must be physically able to perform essential job functions that are attached.

D. Vision must be corrected to 20/20 and may not exceed the following: vision must be 20/50 or better in one eye uncorrected and 20/100 or better in the other eye uncorrected.  Color blindness shall be disqualifying, to include pronounced shade deficiencies.

E. Must be a high school graduate or able to furnish documentary evidence of equivalency.

F. Must currently have or obtain a valid Virginia Operator’s License within 30 days of employment.

G. No serious criminal convictions – minor traffic violations are allowed.

H. Must have a good credit rating.

I. Must successfully complete all phases of the selection process.

J. Upon appointment, you will serve as a probationary employee for one year (12 months).  Officers serving in a probationary status may have that period extended for “less than satisfactory job performance” or be dismissed from employment at the discretion of the Chief of Police.


A. Criminal History.

  1. Felony conviction.
  2. Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude (a crime involving honesty, moral conduct, etc.).
  3. Conviction of a Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor Code of Virginia, or the equivalent.
  4. Conviction of a Class 3 or Class 4 misdemeanor Code of Virginia, or the equivalent (evaluated on a case by case basis).

B. Traffic Violations.

  1. Routine traffic violations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. However, an applicant shall be automatically disqualified should his/her driver history indicate a total of –4 or more demerit points.
  2. Conviction of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, Refusal to take Blood or Breath Test, Eluding Police, Hit and Run, or Racing shall be automatic disqualifiers.
  3. Suspension/Revocation of driving privileges will be reviewed on an individual basis.

C. Drug Use

  1. Use of any type of illegal drug within 24 months of application to the Department.
  2. Illegal use of anabolic steroids in the past 24 months.
  3. Involvement in the illegal sale of drugs.
  4. Possession of any illicit drugs within the past two years.
  5. Misuse/illegal use of any narcotic drug.

D. Other

  1. Dishonorable discharge from any military service.  Less than honorable or general discharges will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  2.  Untruthfulness, dishonesty, or withholding of any information associated with the application/selection process for Police Officer with the Town of Christiansburg.
  3. 3. Failure to provide complete and accurate information on any application or other documents associated with the position.
  4. 4. Failure to appear for or cancel a scheduled appointment in a timely manner can be grounds for removal of the applicant from the Application/Selection process.  Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment.
  5. 5. Obtaining a score that is below the established minimum standard on any test or evaluation administered during the selection process.

How to Apply

Your application must be completed thru the Town of Christiansburg website no later than 5:00pm on September 8, 2017. Please be sure to complete and attach the release form along with your application.  Upon receipt of your completed application packet, a preliminary screening investigation will be conducted. This pre-screening may include a check of criminal history, driving history, and credit record.



  1. Candidates will be notified of the dates(s), time(s), and location of the written examination.
  2. Written tests are a job-related measure of reading comprehension and writing skills appropriate for testing Police Officer applicants. 


  1. During the physical agility and strength test, applicants will wear equipment similar to what a Police Officer wears while on-duty.  There are a variety of skill defined, job related elements that will comprise the physical agility and strength test.  These elements are subject to update and revision.
  2. Examples of elements to be utilized include a weapon manipulation and clearing drill, window climb, fence obstacle, dummy drag exercise, and running.  Applicants must successfully complete all elements of the physical agility and strength test in order to continue in the selection process.
  3. Applicants must also complete a timed one and one-half mile run in a maximum of 16 minutes.
  4. Testing may also include any combination of push-ups, sit-ups, bench press and flexibility.

A panel, made up of a diverse selection of sworn Department personnel, will conduct an oral interview of each applicant who passes both the physical agility and strength test as well as the written examination.

A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all applicants as a part of the conditional offer of employment. As part of the background evaluation process, candidates chosen for a full background shall also participate in no less than two 4-hour patrol ride-alongs with a certified Field Training Officer.

Applicants must successfully complete a medical examination.  The medical examination will evaluate the applicant’s ability to successfully perform the essential job functions of a Police Officer.

Applicants must complete a psychological examination.  The examination will evaluate the applicant’s ability to perform the essential job functions and his/her ability to interact with co-workers and the citizens in the community.


A. Applicants are normally eligible for reapplication six months after notification of failure of the physical agility and strength test, written examination, or oral interview.  Unsuccessful candidates who fail due to unacceptable background investigations will not be eligible to reapply.

B. The selection process normally lasts between six to eight weeks.  Applicants placed on an eligibility list will remain so for one year.  Applicants will be periodically updated on their status when actively being processed.