Police Officer Employment Criteria

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To seek open positions, please visit the City Jobs Board.



*$5,000 Signing Bonus

40 Hours/Week; Hours will vary


  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Be a high school graduate or equivalent (higher education is desirable).
  • A U.S. citizen.
  • No criminal background.
  • Possess or be able to obtain a Virginia Operator's License by date of hire.
  • Have a driving history with no significant traffic violations.
  • Successful completion of pre-employment examinations and tests.
    • POST (Police Officer Selection Test)
    • Physical Agility and Fitness
    • Polygraph
    • Psychological
    • Medical
    • Drug Screening
    • Interviews
    • Comprehensive Background Investigation

The Fitness and Agility Test consists of the following:

  1. Test begins from a seated position at which time a street address will be given. This address must be repeated correctly at the end of the test.
  2. Run 200 yards (up and back a 50 feet distance six times).
  3. Step up on aerobic step bench 20 times.
  4. Perform 15 push-ups.
  5. Perform 15 sit-ups.
  6. Step up on aerobic step bench 20 times.
  7. Perform 15 push-ups.
  8. Perform 15 sit-ups.
  9. Run 200 yards (up and back a 50 feet distance six times).
  10. Street recall (if incorrect, penalty is to repeat 200 yard run).
  11. The time limit for the fitness test is 6 minutes 18 seconds.

The City of Charlottesville provides an attractive benefits package including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Package
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Fitness club membership

The City of Charlottesville is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; Minority applicants are encouraged to apply. 

The City of Charlottesville Police Department also supports our military and encourages veterans with honorable discharges that are able to successfully complete pre-employment exams to apply.

Call (434) 970-3372 for more information. 

* Signing bonus for DCJS certified officers only