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Do you have what it takes?
What does it take to join the Chesapeake Police Department's Auxiliary Police Unit? 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 an auxiliary 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.
Here are some of the basic eligibility requirements for Auxiliary 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.
Physical and Dexterity Requirements:
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.
Chesapeake Auxiliary Police are currently taking applications
for the next Auxiliary Police Academy through May 2016.
The Chesapeake Police Department periodically runs an Auxiliary academy. Here are the steps for the application process.
CONTACT THE AUXILIARY RECRUITER
Contact the Chesapeake Police Department's Auxiliary Recruiter via email at email@example.com.
Please include a good contact phone number (and preferred time you can be reached). Please do not use navy.mil or gov.mil email addresses. These are often blocked, or firewalled, making city email communication impossible or unreliable at best.
The Chesapeake Auxiliary Police perform the same duties as paid officers. We follow the same hiring process, except we do not use CLICK (Career Link In the City of ChesapeaKe).
The City of Chesapeake requires Auxiliary Police to meet the same Virginia State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) requirements for training and certification as paid officers.
This process includes the Physical Ability Test, a thorough background investigation, additional testing, a selection board, and attending an Auxiliary Police Academy which includes over 500 hours of instruction, as well as follow on field training.
SCHEDULE YOUR PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST
The Auxiliary Recruiter will do two things, provide you a blank copy of the Personal History Statement and schedule your Physical Ability Test. You must make your request to be scheduled for your Physical Ability Test after getting a personal History Statement.
PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT
The Personal History Statement is a form that is lengthy and requires detailed information. It would be best to have ALL THE INFORMATION NEEDED TO COMPLETE IT, before you request to have your Physical Ability Test scheduled. It can take time to complete. It must be filled out completely, accurately, and truthfully. It must also be signed and notarized. It becomes your “ticket” to the Physical Abilities Test.
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. Ensure you have your signed and notarized Personal History Statement with you. This is your “ticket” in the door.
Following successful completion of the Physical Ability Test, applicants will undergo a detailed background investigation which can take months. If successful, you will move forward through the selection process including more testing, interviews and board review. If you successful complete all portions you get put into the eligibility list.
There are post conditional processes including polygraph, a medical exam, drug and alcohol testing.
If selected, you are required to attend a DCJS certified Auxiliary Academy (usually lasting about 9 months, 4 hours a night, three nights a week, and many Saturdays).
Please keep in mind if you make it through the selection process and enter in to our training, the physical demands of Defensive Tactics and Patrol Techniques require you to be in very good physical condition, and there should be a full commitment on your part to a long, slow, deliberate and very challenging process.
Make no mistake, at any time, anything could happen, and you must be vigilant and prepared. A Chesapeake Auxiliary Police Officer must be able to perform as an asset to the City and the department, not a liability. Police work is not without danger. That is why the selection and training is what it is.
The Auxiliary Police Academy should never be considered a “short-cut” to a paid position. The process is much longer and drawn out. If you are looking for a paid position and qualify, we encourage you to pursue that path directly.