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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. 


Police Officer Recruit

Starting Salary:

July 2019: $44,033.60

Please review the Minimum Police Applicant Requirements before applying online.  We are now accepting applications for the January 2020 Police Academy.


The physical agility / fitness test and written exams are scheduled on the following dates:

There are no scheduled testing dates at this time.

Ride-Along Forms

Candidate Selection Process:


Physical Agility and Fitness Test

Police Officer Selection Test

  • Physical Agility & Fitness Test
  • 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 physical test and written exam.

STEP 2: Interview

Applicants who are selected to proceed in the process will participate in an oral panel interview with members of the Charlottesville Police Department to assess their qualifications for employment with our agency.

Applicants will be fingerprinted and photographed during this phase.


  1. An official copy of your birth certificate with raised seal.  If no record of your birth is on file at the Department of Health or the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the State in which you were born, obtain a statement from the agency attesting to the fact.
  2. Records of change of name, if applicable. Bring all available documents on this matter.
  3. Naturalization papers, if foreign born.  Police Officers must be U.S. Citizens at time of appointment.
  4. High School Diploma and Diplomas or degrees from colleges attended.  If qualification is by High School Equivalency Diploma or Armed Forces G.E.D. Certificate, the record of the scores you obtained in the individual tests must be presented.  Transcripts from all colleges you attended, either part time or full time, must be included.
  5. Copies of any military or technical training certificates.
  6. Marriage certificate, if applicable.  Certificate must be issued by a government agency.
  7. Birth Certificates of children, if any.
  8. Records of divorce, annulment or legal separation, if applicable.
  9. Social Security Card
  10. Selective Service Registration and Classification Cards.  To verify via the internet go to WWW.SSS.GOV and click on “Check Registration”, If not registered, you may register online.
  11. Original Discharge or separation papers for all military service (DD 214 member 4 copy).

Applicants must pass the interview to move forward in the process

STEP 3: Background Investigation

The background investigation evaluates your personal history to determine if you meet the high standards and qualifications needed to serve the Charlottesville Community.  You must pass this phase to proceed to the next step of the selection process.  

STEP 4: Conditional Offer of Probationary Employment

The purpose of this agreement is to extend to the applicant a conditional offer of employment.  The applicant must complete additional steps and conditions before being approved for hire.  A final offer of employment will be extended to the applicant only after you have satisfied all the requirements established by the department.

The remaining qualification steps are required to become a probationary police officer.  These steps may not necessarily be completed in the order listed below. 

STEP 5: Polygraph Examination

Applicants will be given a polygraph examination (lie detector test) administered by a trained, licensed examiner.  The test will confirm information noted on the applicant’s Personal History Statement.

STEP 6: Psychological Examination

Applicants must pass a written exam and interview with a licensed psychologist

STEP 7: Medical Examination

Applicants will undergo a complete medical exam to determine if they have optimal health and fitness for the job demands.  This examination will include a drug screen test.

STEP 8: Final Job Offer

Minimum Police Applicant Qualifications:

  • Applicant must be at least 20 years 6 months of age to apply
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent (higher education is desirable).
  • A United States citizen
  • Possess or be able to obtain a Virginia Operator’s License by date of hire
  • Must not have been convicted of a DUI within the past three (3) years
  • Have a good credit history
  • Must reside in Virginia (prior to the completion of the training academy)
  • Successfully completion of pre-employment examinations and tests:
    • POST Test
    • Interview
    • Background Investigation
    • Polygraph Examination
    • Psychological Examination
    • Medical Examination
    • Pre-employment Drug Screening
    • Physical Agility and Fitness Test

Permanent Applicant Disqualifiers:

  • Failure to submit a fully completed, honestly reported, and notarized Personal History Statement
  • Having been convicted of a felony or domestic violence
  • Plead guilty or no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony in Virginia
  • Been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude, such as petit larceny, lying under oath, or falsifying any official documents
  • Misdemeanor conviction of any crime involving sex offenses
  • Use of any illegal use of marijuana within the past year
  • Illegal use of any schedule I, II, III, or IV drug within the last five (5) years
  • Every been a member of, or in the past been associated with, or supported in any fashion, any criminal gang, extremist-racist or anti-Semitic group, or any group that has stated a desire to overthrow the United States Government


    Partial Applicant Disqualifiers:

  • Substance abuse either legal or illegal
  • Repeated or habitual illegal drug use
  • Have a driving history with significant moving violations
  • Any other ethical or moral situation calling to question the candidates ability to hold the public’s trust and respect to carry out the duties of an officer, such as but not limited to anger issues, alcoholism, violating oaths, lying, dishonesty, neglect or abuse of animals etc.
  • Commission of undetected crimes

Equal Employment Opportunity Plan Policy Statement

The City of Charlottesville Police Department is committed to equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals irrespective of race, age, national origin, creed, or other factors not related to job performance, and complies with all applicable state and federal laws governing fair and equitable treatment of employees.

As outlined in departmental and City policies, employees of the Police Department have recourse through the City’s grievance procedure, as well as state code to resolve matters related to allegations of discriminatory practices.  These policies are communicated to employees in writing.

A copy of the Police Department’s Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP) Short Form is available to the public and may be obtained from the City of Charlottesville’s Department of Human Resources.

Personal History Statement 

Authorization for Release of Personal Records & Information Consent Form

Physical Agility & Fitness Test

Certified Officer Incentive Program

City Internal Police Recruitment Program

Other Employment Opportunities


 If you have interest in employment opportunities with the Charlottesville Police Department, please contact the Office of Professional Development at (434) 970-3372 or JoinCPD@charlottesville.org