Certified Police Officers

Join the Chesapeake Police Department!

VA Certified Law Enforcement Officers are 
Encouraged To Apply!

  • Minimum Starting Salary $51,500+
  • Police Officers
    (VA Experienced Officers)

Notice: Applicants must hold a valid Law Enforcement Officer certification with Virginia DCJS or be eligible for re-certification. Basic Jailor and/or any other certifications will not be considered. Applicants should have full-service patrol experience.

Applicants considered for a Certified Police Officer position attend in-service training at the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy. The required time for this in-service training is considered on a case-by case basis but is at least two weeks. Followed by a modified field training period.

Applicants not receiving consideration for our Certified Police Officer program, due to a lack of experience or other factors, may be eligible to participate in our Police Officer Trainee application process.

  1. Starting Salaries & Benefits

Those who are selected to be hired as Certified Police Officers may receive competitive pay comparable to a currently sworn Chesapeake Police Officer with similar years of experience and education.

Minimum Starting Salaries

Certified Police Officers starting salaries increase based on years of experience.

  • $51,500* for possessing a High School Diploma or GED
  • $600*  yearly stipend for possessing an Associate's Degree OR
  • $1,000* yearly stipend for possessing a Bachelor's Degree

*Note: These are subject to change.


  • Take-Home Car Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Uniforms and Equipment Provided
  • Free Access to Private CPD Fitness Centers
  • Paid Specialized Training Opportunities
  • Uniforms and Clothing Allowance
  • Military Leave
  • Merit Increases
  • Automatic City Employee Benefits, including:
    • Virginia Retirement System Plan,
    • Life Insurance,
    • Disability Insurance,
    • Long Term Care Insurance,
    • Paid Time Off
  • Optional City Employee Benefits, including:
    • Deferred Compensation,
    • Health Insurance,
    • Dental Insurance,
    • Vision Insurance,
    • Flexible Spending Accounts,
    • Additional Optional Long Term Care Insurance,
    • Legal Service Plan,
    • Additional Optional Life Insurance

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  1. Internal Specialty Assignments
  1. Basic Qualifications
  1. Automatic Disqualifying Factors
  1. How to Apply
  1. Phases of the Hiring Process