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Police Officer I (Virginia Certified)

The City of Falls Church, Virginia is recruiting for Virginia Certified Police Officers.  

Falls Church is an independent city six miles from the nation's capital. It is small in area (2.2 square miles) and population (~16,000). The City is known for its urban village community, quality customer service, and nationally ranked school system. 

The City of Falls Church Police Department is a progressive Public Safety agency providing services to a diverse population. A group of talented professionals, the City of Falls Church Police Department is a dedicated team of sworn and civilian public servants who, in partnership with the community, work to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for all who live in, work in, or visit The Little City. We are a multifaceted organization, reflecting Falls Church’s various cultures and offering many different career and promotional opportunities.

We guide our mission through these core values: Protection of Life, Community Engagement, Respect, Accountability & Integrity, Fairness, Professionalism, and Innovation.

For more information, visit the Police Department's website at https://www.fallschurchva.gov/162/Police


Salary & Benefits:  The starting salary for Police Officers is $59,077.33.  Police Officers who work between the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM will receive additional shift differential pay. A comprehensive benefits package is included as part of the total compensation package - health insurance, dental insurance, police pension plan, deferred compensation plan, flexible spending account, college savings plan, life, and long-term disability insurance, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, discounted gym membership, credit union membership, free parking and more.  See www.fallschurchva.gov  for additional information.

To request a Personal History Statement packet, please email fcpdhiring@fallschurchva.gov

Reasonable Accommodation:  During the selection process, applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation with the agreement of the Human Resources Department. The City of Falls Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, political affiliation, or disability.

 All City Facilities Are Smoke-Free

Position: Police Officer I (Virginia Certified)
Organization: City of Falls Church Police Department
Location: Falls Church,  VA 
United States
Salary: $59,077.33
Posting Start Date: 11/10/2022
Date Posted: 11/10/2022

Minimum Qualifications - No Exceptions

All participants will undergo a rigorous background investigation including fingerprint-based criminal history records inquiries to both the Central Criminal Records Exchange and the Federal Bureau of Investigations to verify all information provided. 

  • Must be at least 21 years of age by the date of hire; 
  • Must be a United States Citizen;
  • Must have a high school diploma or passed the GED; 
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license by date of employment; 
  • Must pass written and physical agility tests; 
  • Must pass near vision, color blindness, darkness perception, night vision, and peripheral vision tests; 
  • Must pass all pre-employment tests, including a polygraph, psychological assessment,
  • medical exam and drug screen; 
  • Must be a non-user of any tobacco products by the date of hire; 
  • Must be able to work 12.5-hour rotating shifts; and, 
  • Must sign an employment agreement contract if selected. 

Automatic Employment Disqualifiers

The Police Department retains the right to reject any applicant for any arrest and/or conviction that occurred at any age. 

  • Convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to a felony, domestic violence, or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Virginia; 
  • Convicted of or pled guilty to a crime of moral turpitude, such as lying under oath or falsifying any official documents; 
  • Conviction of any crime which carries a penalty of prohibiting the ownership, possession, or control of a firearm; 
  • Convicted of any Class 1 or 2 Criminal Misdemeanors as an adult, including DUI convictions; 
  • Misdemeanor conviction of any crime involving sex offenses and/or required to be registered on the Sex Offender Registry at any age; 
  • Under criminal investigation or have criminal charges pending; 
  • Associated with or supporting in any fashion any criminal gang, extremist-racist, Anti-Semitic group, or any group that has stated a desire to overthrow the United States Government; 
  • Convicted of more than one moving violation within the past 12 months, or more than two convictions within the last 24 months; 
  • Illicit use of any illegal, dangerous, or non-prescribed drugs or medication. However, occasional marijuana usage if more than one year prior to the date of application will be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis; 
  • Produced a positive result on a pre-employment drug screening; 
  • Failed to submit a fully complete, honestly reported background questionnaire or Personal History Statement (PHS); and, 
  • Any previous revocation or denial or certification as a Police Officer, receipt of either a dishonorable, undesirable, or bad conduct discharge, or a suspension of current certified status that will render them disqualified. 

Potential Employment Disqualifiers

The Police Department will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis if one or more of the following conditions apply:

  • Poor driving record; 
  • Poor credit history or debt linked to gambling; 
  • Commission of undetected crimes; 
  • Any behavior that calls into question the applicant’s ability to hold the public’s trust and respect to carry out the duties of a Police Officer. 
Status: This listing expires on: 1/9/2023
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Organization Information
City of Falls Church Police Department
300 Park Ave

Falls Church,  VA 22046
United States
(703) 248-5282
Major Jiwan Chhetri