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Join the Chesapeake Police Department!
Are you Tough Enough? Do You Care Enough?
Find out more about:
- Salaries & Benefits
- How to Apply
- Physical Ability Testing Information
- Career Paths
- Contact the Recruiter
Do you have what it takes?
What does it take to join the Chesapeake Police Department? A deep sense of integrity and determination, stamina and intelligence, dedication to protecting the public, and the desire to make a difference in the lives of many are just the beginning.
We are looking for men and women who thrive on challenges and pride themselves in helping others, and are willing to work hard to learn the necessary skills for this challenging but critical role. Becoming a police officer can be a tough, demanding and unpredictable job, but it is also one of the most rewarding positions you will ever have. Every day that you wear your uniform and badge, you will be making the City of Chesapeake a safer and better place to live for you, your family, your friends and your neighbors. Nothing is more valuable than that.
Now that we've told you about the challenge ahead, you might be wondering: "Is it worth it? What's in it for me?" Our answer: a great deal. Here's what we have to offer you:
$37,494* (while attending the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy)
(*subject to change)
Benefits are equal to an additional amount of approximately 44% of the employee's salary.
- Virginia Retirement System (VRS) participant
- Annual Leave & Sick Leave
- Military Leave
- Worker's Compensation
- Life Insurance
- Uniforms & Clothing Allowance
- Merit Increase
- FMLA Benefits
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Funeral Leave
- Flexible Spending Account
- Sick Leave Bank
- Uniforms and Equipment Provided
- Virginia Retirement System
Here are some of the basic eligibility requirements for Police Officer candidates:
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Must be 21 years of age upon graduation from the academy.
- Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Must possess a valid driver's License.
- Must have no felony convictions or any convictions involving acts of domestic violence, dishonesty, deceit, or immorality.
The background investigation shall contain an inquiry into the following factors, among others. The discovery of any one of these factors at any time during the application process shall automatically disqualify a candidate from continuing in the application process.
READ THESE CAREFULLY – DO NOT APPLY TO THIS POSITION IF YOU MEET ANY OF THESE
These are from the date of application:
- Suspensions or revocations with your driver's license within the past 24 months (2 years).
- Conviction of DUI (alcohol or drugs) within the past 36 months (3 years).
- Conviction of reckless driving within the past 36 months (3 years).
- Conviction of speeding 20 miles per hour or more within the past 12 months.
- Three or more convictions involving any moving violation within the last 12 months.
- Conviction of possession, manufacturing, and/or distribution of illegal drugs.
- Use of Cocaine, LSD, PCP, or any type of hallucinogenic drug within the last five (5) years and/or use of Marijuana within the last three (3) years
- Other Than Honorable (OTH); General; Dishonorable discharges from any military service. Uncharacterized discharges will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Candidates discharged for "conduct" reasons will not be considered.
- Untruthfulness or the withholding of pertinent information on any application, interview or paperwork associated with the application process (omission of requested information in your Personal History Statement may disqualify you from further consideration)
- Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position.
Physical and Dexterity Requirements:
Requires work that involves walking, running, standing, stooping, jumping, or lifting much of the time, involves exerting between 20 and 50 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, and exceptional skill, adeptness, and speed in the use of fingers, hands, or limbs in tasks involving suspect restraint, firearms, and other law enforcement duties.
The job may risk exposure to extreme heat and/or cold, bright/dim light, dusts and pollen, wet or humid conditions, extreme noise levels, animals/wildlife, fumes and/or noxious odors, traffic, moving machinery, heights, disease/pathogens, toxic/caustic chemicals and violence.
The job requires normal visual acuity and field of vision, hearing, speaking, color perception, sense of taste, sense of smell, depth perception, and texture perception.
The Chesapeake Police Department is NOT Currently Taking Applications
for Police Officer Trainee
If you are interested in future employment opportunities with the department please feel free to contact our Recruiter Senior Police Officer Mike Rushak at firstname.lastname@example.org 757-382-1536.
A vacancy announcement will be posted on the City of Chesapeake's employment page when applications are being accepted. Only when applications are being accepted should you follow the steps below.
When applications are being accepted here are the steps for the application process.
Go the City of Chesapeake's Department of Human Resources web site known as "Click" and search for the job posting for "Police Officer Trainee". (Note if it is not listed then we are currently not taking applications)
Complete the initial application form in Click.
Note: If you do not see that position listed then we are not taking applications at the moment. Check back periodically to see when the job announcement is posted.
SCHEDULING OF PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST
Upon receipt of your initial application, the department's Recruiter, Senior Police Officer Mike Rushak will contact you via email to schedule you for the Physical Ability Test.
Important: You will be given only 48 hours to reply to that email to confirm your attendance at the Physical Ability Test! Failure to respond in that time frame will result in your being removed from the application process.
COMPLETE PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT
BEFORE taking the Physical Ability Test you will need to download the PDF document called the Personal History Statement.
It is strongly encouraged that you download this form now and begin filling it out in preparation as it is lengthy and requires a significant amount of detailed information.
You will need to complete this form, have it signed and notarized and bring it to the Physical Ability Test.
IMPORTANT: You must have the form with you to take the Physical Ability Test.
Report to the Physical Ability Test on your assigned date. You will be contacted by the Recruiter via email with your date (see Step 2 above).
Ensure that you have your signed and notarized Personal History Statement with you. This is your "ticket" in the door.
Description of the Physical Ability Test
This test is an un-timed obstacle course consisting of the following tasks:
While in a sitting position you will be given a suspect's description. At the word "go" you will:
- Run 25 yards
- Jump over a 3 ft. simulated ditch
- Run 25 yards
- Climb over a 5 ft. high obstacle (wall)
- Run 10 yards
- Crawl under an obstacle 24 inches high and 10 feet long
- Run 25 yards
- Climb up and down a standard step for 12 repetitions
- Run 15 yards
- Crawl through a window
- Run 10 yards
- Identify the suspect (figure) from previous description
- Run 15 yards
- Drag a 150 lb. dummy 5 yards
- Run 20 yards
- Place the barrel of an unloaded firearm through a 6-inch diameter hole and fire the weapon one time strong handed and one-time weak handed.
Here is a video demonstration of the course. There is no audio.
Following successful completion of the Physical Ability Test, applicants will undergo a detailed background investigation. This will take several months and will likely require you to meet with a department background investigator at least once to go over the information in your Personal History Statement. Applicants who successfully pass the background investigation will move forward in the process which includes a statistical risk analysis, panel interview and Chief's interview. Applicants who successfully complete all portions will be placed on an eligibility list.
Post-conditional offer processes include a polygraph examination, fitness for duty medical examination and drug and alcohol testing.
One of the notable aspects of the Chesapeake Police Department is the diversity of our career paths. From crime scene investigation to community policing, from K-9 to marine law enforcement, from narcotics to forensics, the Chesapeake Police Department has a career path that is sure to fit your skills and interests. Here are some of the career paths we offer:
- Uniform Patrol
- Career Development Program (Police Officer Specialist, Senior Police Officer, Master Police Officer)
- Field Training Officer
- Traffic Enforcement Officer
- Criminal Investigation's Detective
- Crime Prevention Officer
- K-9 Unit Officer
- Vice and Narcotics Unit Detective
- School Resource Officer
- Warrant Unit Officer
- Property and Evidence Officer
- Intelligence Unit / Gang Unit
- Training Unit
- Marine Patrol Unit
- SWAT Officer
For more information on joining the Chesapeake Police Department, please feel free to contact our recruiter, Senior Officer Mike Rushak, at email@example.com 757-382-1536.