City of Richmond
Personnel and Recruitment Unit
200 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Starting Salary: $32,695
Sworn Officers: 650
Application Deadline: Ongoing
The Richmond Police Department currently is recruiting for the position of Police Officer and Police Officer Lateral Transfer. You’ll join an exciting dynamic police department in an urban environment. You'll work in a metropolitan city where you not only patrol the streets, but you can ride horses and motorcycles or fly planes. You'll have state-of-the-art equipment. Your police career begins now!
Minimum Requirements for a Police Recruit:
Candidates must pass a written examination and physical agility-screening test, and be willing to undergo an extensive background investigation that includes personal, educational, military, driving, employment, and financial histories. Once a conditional offer of employment is made, candidates must submit to a psychological assessment, polygraph, and medical exam.
If you are currently a Police Officer or were recently laid-off, you may be eligible for a LATERAL TRANSFER and will not need to take the written examination or physical agility screening test. Please submit a copy of your certificate stating that you are certified as a police officer along with your application. Starting salary for lateral transfers will be determined based upon the number of years of service you already have.
Apply on-line at or you can download an application that can be faxed to (804) 646-0405, or mailed to the City of Richmond Police Department, Personnel and Recruiting Unit, 200 W. Grace St., Richmond, VA 23220.
An electronic application will be sent to you. (We cannot send applications electronically to some e-mail addresses i.e. Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) Please provide a contact phone number.
City of Richmond Police Department
The written exam is an entry-level law enforcement multiple-choice exam.
You will be tested on report writing, reasoning ability, observation, and memory
The fitness test consists of four parts—flexibility, sit-ups, push-ups, and 1.5 mile run.