Norfolk Police Department
100 Brooke Avenue
Phone: 757-664-4486 or 757-664-6688
Salary: $30,391 - $54,411 (See
Sworn Officers: 767
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Employment opportunities abound with the
Norfolk Police Department (NPD).
A career with the NPD will challenge you to get involved and make a difference
in the community; offer a diversity of work experiences and assignments; and
provide the opportunity to be part of a world-renowned law enforcement
Starting Salary is $30,391 and increases 23.6% to $37,013 over the next 18
months as the officer progresses through training and gains experience.
HOW TO APPLY
Police Recruit application packets are available from:
Norfolk Department of Human Resources in person or by calling:
Personnel Liaison Division by calling:
SCREENING AND SELECTION PROCESS
Each applicant must meet the entry-level minimum
requirements to be considered for employment. There has never been a better time
to join the Norfolk Police Department. Police applicants must submit a Public
Safety Employment Application form, birth certificate photocopy, high school
diploma or GED certificate, driver’s license and DD214 (long form), if the
applicant ever served in the military, and a copy of a Department of Motor
Vehicles Report from the state of licensure that must not be over 1 year old.
The application process takes approximately 3 to 4 months from the time of
application until a conditional offer of employment is received, if the
applicant is selected and approved for hire.
APPLICANTS MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS:
EDUCATION – High School Diploma or GED.
AGE – Be a minimum of 20 years and six months of age when the academy
CITIZENSHIP – United States citizenship is required.
MILITARY SERVICE (Applies to Veterans Only) – Military veterans of the
Armed Forces must present proof of an Honorable Discharge.
MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATORS LICENSE – Possess a valid motor vehicle
operator’s license and the ability to qualify for a Virginia Division of Motor
Vehicle Operators License. The applicant’s right to operate a vehicle cannot be
APPLICANTS MUST PASS THE FOLLOWING ASSESSMENTS:
WRITTEN EXAMINATION – Pass a written
examination designed to measure the reading comprehension necessary to
successfully complete required employment training and certification.
PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST – Designed to determine the applicant’s abilities
in performing specific physical activities.
B-PAD – An interpersonal assessment device that is administered with a
television, VCR and a camcorder. Applicants are shown scenarios that simulate
situations that they might encounter while working as a police officer. After
watching each scenario, applicants have 45 seconds to respond to the characters
on screen as though they were there. The applicant’s response is videotaped and
evaluated by trained assessors.
POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION – Verifies the background data in the Personal
History section of the application form. Deception noted in the areas of the
automatic disqualifiers may prevent further processing.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION – Entails obtaining and verifying information in
regards to prior employment, drug use, personal references, criminal records,
Division of Motor Vehicle records, and credit records:
ORAL REVIEW BOARD – Candidates are
interviewed by a panel of department personnel to determine their qualifications
based on questions about their desire to become police officers and
clarification of responses given on their applications.
POST-JOB OFFER SCREENING PROCESS – Police applicants who preceding
processes, must successfully complete the following steps after receiving a
conditional offer of employment:
Candidates will be required to sign an
acknowledgement that as a condition of their initial and continued employment
they will refrain from any on-duty or off-duty use of tobacco products.
NATURE OF WORK AND THE STARTING SALARY
Police Recruit – Police Recruit is
pre-entry level law enforcement work. Work involves participating in and
successfully completing the State of Virginia certified Police Officer Training
Academy that lasts approximately 22 weeks. Currently, new Police Recruits are
paid $30,391 per year plus benefits (retirement, medical, and leave) while
attending the police academy.
Police Officer I – Upon successful completion of the police academy,
recruits are sworn in as police officers and continue training, which begins
with the completion of a 4 to 5 months Field Training period with an experienced
Field Training Officer. As a Police Officer I you will receive a 6.3% raise to
an annual salary of $32,311 per year. This amount represents a base salary and
does not include earnings from applicable special pays or overtime. Work
involves preventing, detecting, and investigating criminal acts; apprehending
and arresting law violators; safeguarding lives and property; and related
Police Officer II – After successfully completing one year as a Police
Officer I, officers receive a 16.3% raise to $37,568 and become a Police Officer
II. Every twelve months officers are eligible for a step increase and other
increases if approved by City Council. At present, the maximum base salary that
may be earned as a Police Officer II is $54,411 or $57,867 for officers holding
Master Police Officer designation.
Career Opportunities (Promotional Process and Senior and Master Police
Officer Designations) – Police officers who meet service (longevity) and
education requirements are eligible to take promotional exams to establish
eligibility lists for promotions for the ranks of Police Corporal, Sergeant,
Lieutenant, and Captain.
Officers must meet service, training-assignments, and education requirements to
take examinations to be considered for Senior or Master Police Officer
designations. At the present time officers designated as Senior Police Officer
receive an additional $210.50 per month ($2,526 annually); officers with the
designation of Master Police Officer receive an additional $421 per month
($5,052 annually) in addition to their regular pay rates throughout the duration
of such designations.
BENEFITS PACKAGE – SECOND TO NONE
As a Norfolk Police Officer, you may receive
these great benefits:
Competitive Annual Salary
Holiday, Court and Overtime Pay
Continuing Education Tuition Assistance
Paid Birthday Leave
Excellent Retirement Plan
Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
Career Development Program
Officers Receive Supplemental Pay for College
All Uniforms Furnished
Veterans Benefits (GI Bill) for Academy and Field
Outstanding Medical Plan (Optional)
Point–of–Service (POS) plan that features managed care (HMO-type) and indemnity
coverage (traditional) benefit options
Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (Optional)
Before tax-dollars are set aside and used for eligible out-of-pocket
expenditures for a child, spouse, or for another
Health Care Reimbursement Account (Optional)
Before- tax dollars are set aside and used to pay eligible medical and dental
expenses not paid under any health plan
Outstanding Dental Plans (Optional): Dental Health
Maintenance Organization 207 Plan Care at pre-determined fees through a network
of participating dentists
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING POLICE RECRUIT TRAINING
Police recruits participate in training to
successfully complete the state certified Police Officer Training Academy.
Police Recruit academy training lasts approximately 6 months and consists of
classroom, physical fitness, and police situation simulation training.
CLASSROOM – Students receive quality classroom instruction in such areas
as Basic Law, Criminal Investigation, Report Writing, and other law enforcement
related topics. Students receive periodic testing to assess their success in
learning classroom materials. Students must meet or exceed minimum standards
established by the police academy and the Virginia Department of Criminal
Justice Services (DCJS).
PHYSICAL FITNESS – Students receive intense and rigorous physical
training relating related to fitness and health standards on a daily basis as
needed to perform the sometimes physically demanding aspects of law enforcement.
Students participate in a Physical Fitness Test
during the 1st, 8th, 17th, and final week of the academy. This test involves a
1.5 mile timed run, maximum number of sit-ups in one minute, and maximum number
of push-ups to exhaustion.
POLICE SITUATION SIMULATION TRAINING