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Police Officer (Certified)
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James City County Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Certified Police Officer I or II.  
Applicants must already have current Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Basic Law Enforcement (BLE) certification, to include successful completion of DCJS-approved field training.

Starting Salary: 
Police Officer I = $54,810 or higher DOQ
Police Officer II = $57,002 or higher DOQ

Signing Bonus:  $5,000 (half paid upon hire, half paid upon certification after field training)

Education Incentive: $3,000 for a bachelor's degree or higher or $1,500 for an associate's degree or 60 earned credit hours from an accredited college or university (amount is added to your salary)

About James City County
James City County is located near historic Williamsburg, VA and is part of the historic triangle of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, which are well-known significant historical sites in the history of our nation. The County serves a population of more than 78,000 people and has a total area of 179 square miles. Our residents enjoy an excellent location to live and prosper. Our County Government is dedicated to the role of ensuring delivery of needed, quality services in an efficient, informed, intelligent, cost-effective manner, in keeping with the hopes and expectations of our citizens.  We strive to fulfill our mission to work in partnership with all citizens to achieve a quality community.  More information may be found at www.jamescitycountyva.gov.

About James City County Police Department
The Department (JCCPD) has more than 100 sworn law enforcement officers and responds to more than 20,000 calls for service each year. JCCPD provides comprehensive law enforcement services to the citizens of James City County through its three divisions: Operations, Support Services, and Administrative Services.  Every patrol officer is assigned a vehicle and is outfitted with uniforms and equipment, to include:  RADAR, Alco-sensor FST, flashlight, TASER, Glock 9mm handgun and state-of-the-art equipment including a body-worn camera, in-car camera, mobile computer, electronic summonses including in-car printer and bar code scanner, Automatic Vehicle Locator for closest-unit dispatching and directions, etc.  JCCPD offers a number of opportunities for career development, specialized assignments and training including:  investigations, narcotics investigations, community services (crime prevention), school resource officers (5), and uniform patrol.  JCCPD also has a number of specialized teams, to include:  Honor Guard, SWAT, Bike Patrol, Marine Patrol, Underwater Search & Recovery, Crisis Negotiations, Motors, and Tactical Field Force.

Job Description / Responsibilities

Essential Job Functions:
  • Maintains public peace, protects life and property, enforces law, and conducts investigations according to departmental policies and with minimal supervision; performs specialized and involved tasks, and administrative duties, including investigation of complex incidents or criminal acts.
  • Operates police vehicle to observe for violations of traffic laws, suspicious activities or persons, and disturbances of law and order; responds to radio dispatches; answers calls and complaints; responds to major crime calls (robbery, rape, murder, maiming, burglary, etc.); performs foot patrols to serve as a deterrent to criminal activity and to enhance the department’s Community Policing philosophy; investigates complaints and issues summonses or makes arrests; prepares detailed reports and maintains records.
  • Detects and investigates crimes: conducts surveillance of individuals, vehicles, and locations; interviews victims, suspects, and witnesses; collects and identifies evidence and property; seizes contraband and/or evidence; protects crime scenes; investigates traffic crashes.
  • Apprehends and arrests suspects, using weapons when necessary; obtains, verifies, and executes arrest warrants; conducts high-risk felony vehicle stops; detains, searches, arrests and handcuffs persons, as required; subdues and disarms resisting or attacking persons; transports and handles prisoners.
  • Prepares for and gives legal testimony; appears in court as a designated investigating officer.
  • Police Officer III and IV (requires career ladder advancement):  assists and advises Police Officers with more difficult or hazardous situations as instructed; assumes command of the shift/unit in the absence of or at the direction of the Lieutenant / Sergeant; ensures that all calls for service are answered and dealt with in a timely manner; serves as needed in a specialty area such as Field Training Officer, Instructor, SWAT, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Full Job Description:  http://www.jamescitycountyva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1797

Career ladder advancements to Police Officer II, III, and IV involve 4% increases in salary.  Annual performance increases may also be available.

  • Take-home car (if residing within 25 driving miles of County line)
  •  Employer-assisted homeownership program (up to $3,000 match on closing costs for qualified applicants)
  • Participation in the Virginia Retirement System (VaLORS, 25/50) with Hazardous Duty Supplement
  • Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) On-the-Job Training Benefits
  • Excellent health and dental insurance options
  • Tuition assistance ($5,250/year max), training, and educational opportunities
  • Career advancement opportunities through Career Ladder Advancement Program
  • Health Savings (HSA) and Flexible Spending Account (medical and child care)
  • 457 and 401(a) Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Accrued Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Employer-paid Group Life Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Free membership to JCC Recreation Center (cardio, weights, indoor track, pool, etc.)
  • Uniforms and equipment provided
  • These and many other benefits may be found here
Position: Police Officer (Certified)
Organization: James City County Police Department
Location: Williamsburg,  VA 
United States
Salary: $54,810 - $67,000 DOQ + $5,000 Signing Bonus + up to $3,000 Education Incentive
Posting Start Date: 8/4/2023
Date Posted: 9/29/2023
  • Must already have Basic Law Enforcement certification through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must meet all qualifications listed in Code of Virginia 15.2-1705,
  • Must have a high school education or GED (some college preferred)
  • Must possess and maintain a valid Virginia driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record based on James City County’s criteria
  • Must not have been convicted of or plead guilty or no contest to:
    • any felony
    • any offense involving moral turpitude
    • any misdemeanor sex offense
    • domestic assault
  • Must not have any automatic disqualifiers
  • Must not have produced a positive result on a pre-employment drug screening.
  • If conditionally accepted for a position, undergo:
    • a thorough background investigation including fingerprint-based criminal history records inquiries to both the CCRE and FBI
    • a polygraph examination, psychological screening, and fitness assessment
    • a physical examination and drug test
Job Description:  Click here to view the full job description

  • Applying is a two-step process:
    1. Create your profile (application) being sure to complete all tabs and/or fields within each section, then
    2. Find and click on the "Police Officer" listing in the "Jobs" section of the Career Center, follow the prompts, answer the standard & special questions, and apply for the position.
  • CLICK HERE for a step-by-step tutorial for creating a profile and submitting your application for the position. 
  • Click on the following link to go to the JCC Career Center to create your profile and apply.
  • This application process is open until filled

Steps of Application / Hiring Process:
  • Application screening
  • VCIN/NCIC criminal history and DMV driving record checks
  • Panel interview for selected applicants
  • Background investigation, to include:  personal history questionnaire, polygraph examination, local and national criminal history checks, sexual offender check, and checks on credit history, neighborhood, character references, and employment
  • Post-offer checks, to include:  fitness assessment, personality profile assessment, physical/medical examination with drug test
  • Candidates must agree not to use tobacco in any form both on and off the job
Click here to read more information about the process.

Questions about the Department and the recruitment process may be directed to Lt. Jeff Hicklin by email or by calling 757-259-5169. Questions about filling out an application may be directed to HR by email or by calling 757-253-6680.

Open until filled

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)
Military-Friendly Employer

State Accredited Agency (VLEPSC)

Status: This listing expires on: 9/28/2024
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Organization Information
James City County Police Department
P.O. Box 8784

Williamsburg,  VA 23187-8784
United States
(757) 259-5169
(757) 229-8729
Lt. Jeff Hicklin


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