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.
July 2019: $44,033.60
Please review the Minimum Police Applicant Requirements before applying online. We will be accepting applications for the July 2020 police academy in the near future. Check back soon!
The physical agility / fitness test and written exams are scheduled on the following dates:
There are no exam dates scheduled at this time. Check back soon!
Police Officer Selection Test
Qualified applicants will receive an email inviting them to the physical agility & fitness test. Those who pass the physical agility & fitness test will take the written test (POST). Applicants will not be admitted to the testing without a photo ID. Applicants must provide the signed consent waiver and medical release before you can take the physical agility and fitness test.
Candidates should wear comfortable workout clothing such as shorts or sweats, running shoes, and T-shirt for the physical agility and fitness test.
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.