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Join the Chesapeake Police Department!
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
Certified Lateral Police Officers and those interested in becoming a Police Officer should apply using the "Police Officer Trainee Application"
- Salaries & Benefits
- How to Apply
- Physical Ability Testing Information
- Career Paths
- 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.
$40,179* (while attending the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy)
Upon successful completion of the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy:
$42,396* for possessing a High School Diploma or GED, or
$42,696* for possessing an Associate's Degree, or
$42,996* for possessing a Bachelor's Degree
(*subject to change)
- Take-Home Car Program
- State of The Art Training
- 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!
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.
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.
- 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.
How to Apply
The City of Chesapeake will be seeking career-oriented people with experience and/or interest in serving as a Police Officer. Carefully follow the steps below to ensure you are included in the hiring process.
If you have questions about future employment opportunities with the department, please feel free to contact our Recruiter, Police Officer Duprée Foster, via email: CPDrecruiting@cityofchesapeake.net or phone: 757-382-1536.
Go to the City of Chesapeake's Department of Human Resources website known as "Click" and search for the job posting for "Police Officer Trainee".
Note: If you do not see that position listed then we are not taking applications at the moment.
COMPLETE AND DELIVER YOUR PERSONAL HISTORY STATEMENT (PHS)
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.
Select only ONE of two options for delivery of your Personal History Statement.
- CERTIFIED MAIL: Your PHS must be completed, notarized & mailed within 14 days of submitting your application via CLICK on-line. (No extensions will be granted)
- Mailing Address:
- CHESAPEAKE LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING ACADEMY
- ATTN: BGI UNIT/DET. MALONEY
- 1080 SENTRY DRIVE
- CHESAPEAKE, VA 23323
- EMAIL: Your PHS must be completed, notarized & emailed within 14 days of submitting your application via CLICK on-line. (No extensions will be granted)
- Email Address:
- Write the following in the subject line: Last Name, First Name PHS
- Example: Doe, John PHS
NOTICE: If you initially submit your PHS via email, you MUST bring your original (completed & notarized) PHS with you, on your Physical Ability Testing date.
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, regardless if mailed or e-mailed. This notary service will NOT be available at the Academy.)
Once we receive and review your PHS, you will be contacted by e-mail on how to proceed with our process.
PHYSICAL ABILITY TEST
If you pass the initial Personal History Statement review, Police Recruiter, Officer Duprée Foster will schedule you for the Physical Ability Test (PAT).
Police Recruiter, Officer Duprée Foster will send you an invitation to the PAT via the e-mail address you listed on your on-line application.
*You will need to reply with confirmation that you will attend on your scheduled date.
Report to the Physical Ability Test on your assigned date. You will be contacted by the Police Recruiter via email with your date (see Step 3 above).
Description of the Physical Ability Test
This test is an un-timed 150 yard obstacle course that will measure stamina and cardiovascular fitness in the completion of various job related physical skills:
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 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.
Here is a video demonstration of the course. There is no audio. Applicants are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the Physical Ability Test prior to completing it.
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
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.
- 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
- Career Development Program
- Senior Police Officer
- Master Police Officer
- Field Training Officer
- And More!
Serve, "The City that Cares", Join the Chesapeake Police Department!