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Police Officer

City of Richmond

Police Department
Personnel and Recruitment Unit
200 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23220



Starting Salary: $32,695

Population: 203,000

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:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Abstinence from the use of tobacco products while on duty
  • At least 21 years old (Prior to being commissioned as a Police Officer)
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license
  • No felony convictions

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.

Lateral Transfers:

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.


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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.


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City of Richmond Police Department
Personnel and Recruitment Unit
200 W. Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23220

After submitting an application and meeting the minimum requirements, you will be notified of the time, date, and location of the police entrance examination and fitness test.

The written exam is an entry-level law enforcement multiple-choice exam. You will be tested on report writing, reasoning ability, observation, and memory skills.

The fitness test consists of four parts—flexibility, sit-ups, push-ups, and 1.5 mile run.







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