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Certified Police Officers (Lateral Transfer)
Police Officer Trainees
Certified Police Officer applicants may be eligible to be hired early 2019!
Selections have already been made for our upcoming Police Officer Trainee Academy. Police Officer Trainee applicants, who apply now, may be eligible for an academy that will likely start after July 2019.
- Salaries & Benefits
- Career Paths
- How to Apply
- Physical Ability Testing Information
- Contact the Recruiter
Do you have what it takes?
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 serving 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.
$41,184* (while attending the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy)
Upon successful completion of the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy:
$43,456* for possessing a High School Diploma or GED, or
$44,056* for possessing an Associate's Degree, or
$44,356* for possessing a Bachelor's Degree
(*subject to change)
- Take-Home Car Program
- Tuition Reimbursement Program
- Uniforms and Equipment Provided
- Free Access to Private CPD Gyms
- Paid Specialized Training Opportunities
- Uniforms & Clothing Allowance
- Military Leave
- Merit Increase
- Automatic City Employee Benefits
- Optional City Employee Benefits
- And More!
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.
- Uniform Patrol
- Honor Guard Unit
- Traffic Enforcement Officer
- Criminal Investigation's Detective
- Crime Prevention Specialist
- K-9 Unit Officer
- Vice and Narcotics Unit Detective
- Warrant Unit
- Property and Evidence Officer
- Intelligence Unit / Gang Unit
- Training Academy Staff
- Marine Patrol Unit
- SWAT Officer
- School Resource Officer
- Under Water Search & Recovery Team
- Police Explorers Advisor
- Polygraph Examiner
- Career Development Program
- Senior Police Officer
- Master Police Officer
- Field Training Officer
- And More!
Here are some of the basic eligibility requirements for Police Officer and Police Officer Trainee 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.
An extensive background investigation will be conducted. The discovery of any one of the factors below, 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
Disqualifying factors include, but are not limited to, the following, 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.
- More than two (2) 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
- Use of Marijuana within the last three (3) years
- Felony convictions or any convictions involving acts of domestic violence, dishonesty, deceit, or immorality.
- 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.
How to Apply
NOTE: BOTH the online application & Personal History Statement are required to apply for this position. Failure to submit both will result in disqualification from the hiring process. They should be submitted within a 14 days of each other.
Go to the City of Chesapeake's Department of Human Resources website known as "Click" and search for the job posting for "Police Officer" or "Police Officer Trainee".
COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT (PHS) within 14 days!
It is strongly encouraged that you begin filling out this form as soon as possible in preparation as it is lengthy and requires a significant amount of detailed information. Do not leave any information out. Omissions and untruthful responses will result in your disqualification.
You must have pages 18 & 22 of the PHS packet signed and notarized. A notary must witness you sign the form. Do not sign it yourself until you are with the notary (This must be done prior to the delivery of your PHS. This notary service will NOT be available at the Academy.)
Select only ONE of two options to submit your Personal History Statement.
- CERTIFIED MAIL: Your PHS must be completed, notarized & mailed within 14 days of submitting your application via CLICK on-line.
- Mailing Address:
- CHESAPEAKE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY
- ATTN: BGI UNIT/DET. MALONEY
- 1080 SENTRY DRIVE
- CHESAPEAKE, VA 23323
- and deliver your PHS directly to our academy, M-F between 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. (Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy: 1080 Sentry Drive; Chesapeake, VA 23323)
Once the Background Investigations Unit receives AND reviews your PHS, you will be contacted on how to proceed with the hiring process.
PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST
If you pass the initial Personal History Statement review, you will be scheduled for the Physical Ability Test (PAT) via email.
Report to the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy on your scheduled date to complete your Physical Ability Test.
Description of the Physical Ability Test
This is a timed 150 yard obstacle course that will measure stamina and cardiovascular fitness in the completion of various job related physical skills. All applicants must successfully complete all obstacles.
You will be given a physical description of a suspect then start from a seated position when told "GO":
- Run 25 yards
- Jump over a 3 ft. simulated ditch
- Run 25 yards
- Climb over a 5 ft. high 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 opening 36"w X 30"h & 3ft above ground
- Run 10 yards
- Identify the suspect (picture) from
- 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 dominant handed and one-time support handed.
*There is no specific pass/fail time however, your time will be documented. Many applicants successfully complete the course around 1min 30secs or faster.
What's next in the hiring process?
- Background Investigation phase: Following successful completion of the Physical Ability Test, applicants will undergo a detailed background investigation. This may take several months and will likely require you to meet with a department background investigator for a background interview.
- Applicants who successfully pass the background investigation phase may move forward in the process which includes a statistical risk analysis, panel
interviewand Chief's interview.
- Applicants who successfully complete all portions will be placed on an eligibility list.
- Post-conditional offer process includes: a polygraph examination, fit for duty medical & psychological examination and drug & alcohol testing.
Note: The hiring process may take anywhere from 3 - 12 months or more depending on factors such as when you apply, your eligibility, the number of applicants, the date of the next available academy etc.
Contact the Recruiter
Background Investigations Unit Email: CPDbackgroundinvest@cityofchesapeake.net