Welcome to the official website for the Charlottesville Police Department. This page serves to provide the citizens of Charlottesville with an easy-to-use information site for the police department.

It is the mission of the Charlottesville Police Department to serve, protect, and improve the quality of life for those who reside, work, and visit our community. We are committed to creating a safer environment for our citizens and forming lasting community partnerships with the citizens of Charlottesville, and the people who visit.

The Charlottesville Police Department is divided into four divisions of administration, investigations, support operations, and field operations. It has seven patrol districts with more than 100 sworn officers who patrol the entire city. The department serves a daytime population of approximately 100,000 people; including 46,000 city residents, 30,000 commuters, and 22,000 University of Virginia students.

Organizational Chart


Charlottesville Police Department is Currently Hiring

Job Description

 Charlottesville Police Officers protect the people and property of Charlottesville by regularly patrolling assigned areas within the city in police vehicles, bicycles, and on foot. Officers respond to calls-for-service made by citizens, initiate investigations into criminal and traffic offenses, enforce local and state laws, uphold the United States Constitution, and regularly testify in courts of law. 


We are now accepting applications for the July 8, 2019 Police Academy.

The written exam will be administered on the following dates:

  • May 6, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at Charlottesville High School

Police Officer Selection Test

Qualified applicants will receive an email inviting them to the written test (POST).   Applicants will not be admitted to the test without a photo ID.  Applicants should be dressed in proper business attire for all appointments except when otherwise instructed. 

Jeans, t-shirts, shorts, and sneakers are not considered proper business attire

Applicants must fully complete the background packet that includes a Personal History Statement and Authorization for Release of Personal Records & Information Consent Form.  Both documents need to be notarized, so do not sign them until reviewed by a notary public.  Bring a state issued ID to your notary appointment.  Return your completed background packet on the day of the written exam.

Police Officer Recruit

Starting Salary:

Current: $42,256.60

July 2019: $43,681.39

Find out if you meet the Minimum Police Applicant Requirements

Click here to apply


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