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Police Officer

Virginia Beach, Virginia



Virginia Beach Police Department

2424 Courthouse Drive

Municipal Center, Building 18
Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Phone: 1-866-2POLICE

Website: www.vbgov.com/careers  



Salary: See Below

Population: 435,000

Sworn Officers: 817   

Application Deadline: NA








Does your location criteria include close proximity to an ocean...?


Is health and fitness a lifestyle for you, rather than a New Year's resolution...?


Do you do the right thing, even when no one is looking...?


Do the words "PRIDE", "INTEGRITY" and "COMMITMENT" have special meaning to you...?


Does your life include going above and beyond in serving your community?


If you answered, “yes” to these questions, then the Virginia Beach Police Department wants YOU to join US for a rewarding career in Law Enforcement.



Apply for career opportunities as a Police Officer serving a community of 435,000 residents and 3 million annual tourists.  Our 817 sworn officers staff patrol operations in four precincts, special operations (canine, mounted, marine, aviation, etc.), special investigations (vice and narcotics) and the detective bureau. 


On-line applications for police officer are accepted on an ongoing basis with monthly testing in Virginia Beach, VA. Applicants may test one full year prior to their availability for employment.  Three tests (physical agility, written and B-PAD video tests) are administered in one day for the applicants’ convenience.  Academy classes begin during the months of February and August each year. It takes approximately 4-5 months to complete the steps in the selection process.



To complete an on-line application, go to:




Follow the steps in completing a police application.  Be sure to complete all steps to include attaching your application to the Police Officer position.  You’ll know you’re finished when you receive a confirmation number and a message asking you to call 1-866-2POLICE to register for a testing date.



If you have questions pertaining to the selection process or other aspects of your career as a Virginia Beach police officer, please call:







Starting pay for police officer recruit $35,554 (increasing 5% to $37,354 upon academy graduation).



Certified Officers:


Both Virginia DCJS certified Police Officers, as well as certified Police Officers from outside Virginia are encouraged to apply.  An evaluation of your experience and qualifications will be made during the background investigation and oral interview phases of the process.  To be considered for hire as a certified officer, applicants must have a minimum of 12 months uniform patrol experience following all academy and field training processes.


Upon employment, Certified Police Officers will complete an orientation program for four to seven weeks, then patrol with a field-training officer for a period of time. Certified officers serve a 12-month probationary period. Starting salary is commensurate with experience.




  • Choice of several medical insurance plans (City pays 100% of the cost of the most cost effective “employee-only” plan, a value of $4169/year)

  • Dental and legal insurance at group rates

  • Paid overtime and court pay

  • Paid vacation and sick leave

  • 10 ½ holidays per year, including 2 flexible holidays and a birthday holiday after ten years employment

  • Retirement through the Virginia Retirement System at no cost to employee; sworn police employees are eligible for retirement at age 50 with 25 years service; vesting in 5 years; mandatory retirement at age 65; optional deferred compensation program administered by Great West

  • Life insurance at no cost to employee

  • Optional long-term care and disability insurance programs available

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Tuition reimbursement program

  • Uniforms/equipment provided

  • Some special assignments include supplemental pay

  • For military veterans, the police academy and field training programs meet the requirements for veteran education benefits as an on-the-job training program; For additional information, visit www.gibill.va.gov; Recipients of Perkins college loans (after November 29, 1990) are eligible for up to 100% of their loan to be forgiven upon obtaining employment as a police officer;  Please visit www.ed.gov for additional information


Job Qualifications:

  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • No experience required

  • 21 years of age by academy graduation

  • U.S. citizen

  • Eligible for Virginia or North Carolina driver’s license

  • Successful completion of required testing

  • Successful completion of a polygraph examination and thorough background investigation.


Note: There is no maximum age limitation (other than mandatory retirement age of 65). Applicants must present their Department of Motor Vehicles driving abstract in order to be admitted to testing. Successful completion of medical and psychological exams (provided at City expense) is also required prior to employment.



Job Responsibilities:


Individuals will receive training in areas of patrol, investigation, criminal and traffic codes, and, upon completion of the basic academy training and field training program, will be eligible for state certification. 


Upon employment, recruits will attend a 24-week basic academy and complete a 15-month probationary program. 


Note: Opportunities for Virginia DCJS-certified officers are available at the police officer level (i.e. academy training waived).



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