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Police Officer

Location: Vinton, VA


Town of Vinton Police Department


Open until filled.

Job Description / Responsibilities

The Vinton Police Department is accepting applications for the position of police officer.  Certified applicants are desired and women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants wishing to apply for the position of Police Officer should note the following information pertaining to this career field and the qualifications that must exist for employment.

Patrol officers work 12 hour shifts, 7 - 7, rotating every four weeks from daylight to evening shifts. Current overtime opportunities include Manna Ministries, DMV grants, and town events.

Starting salary is $32,958.29 for non-certified applicants and an increase in starting salary will be considered for those who possess DCJS Law Enforcement certification at the time of employment.


  • Uniforms and Equipment Provided
  • Take home patrol vehicles (officer must live within 15 miles of the police department to qualify)
  • Career Enhancement Packages (4 tiers up to $2,800 a year)
  • Tuition Reimbursement ($600 per semester with maximum reimbursement of $1,200 per town fiscal year)
  • Group Health Insurance
  • Deferred Compensation Savings Plan
  • Group Life Insurance
  • Virginia Retirement System
  • Workers Compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Plan
  • Leave and Sick Time Accrual
  • Employee Discount at Lancerlot Sports Complex
  • 10% educational discount through Columbia Southern University


The Town of Vinton Police Department requires these minimal qualifications to be considered for employment:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Virginia upon employment.
  • Must possess a valid Virginia Driver's License upon employment.
  • Must be of good moral character having no felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude (lying, stealing, ect.).

How to Apply

The applicant will be required to perform the following steps in the application process prior to employment:

  • Must submit a Town of Vinton application of employment.
  • Must pass a written examination.
  • Must pass the physical agility test.
  • Must pass the oral interview board.
  • Must pass a psychological screening test.
  • Must pass a polygraph examination.
  • Conduct an interview with the Chief of Police

Applicants who successfully complete the above will be considered for the next step of the application process.  Applicants who are not Law Enforcement certified through the Commonwealth of Virginia must successfully complete law enforcement certification training; the Vinton Police Department utilizes Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy in Salem, VA for basic and advanced police training.  Non-certified applicants who successfully complete the basic law enforcement academy will be required to complete a minimum of 320 hours of field training; prior certified officers will be required to complete a minimum of 200 hours of field training.

Applications can be found through the Vinton Police Department website at, or through the Town of Vinton official government website at  These applications can be submitted electronically or be submitted in person at the Vinton Police Department.

More Information

For further information, please contact Lt. G.A. Austin at 540-983-0617 x157 or by e-mail at {}.

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