What are the automatic disqualifiers?
  • Disqualifiers are based off state law, department and city policies and special certification restrictions. 
  • More than two convictions involving any moving violation within the last 12 months. 
  • Convictions that indicate the valid driver’s license is/was denied, suspended or revoked during the past two years for any reason other than failure to pay fines or other non-drug or alcohol related administrative reason(s). 
  • Drug or alcohol related driving convictions within the past three years.
  • More than one conviction of reckless driving or driving 20 or more miles over the speed limit within the past three years. 
  • Convictions which are so egregious that they could be deemed negligent in the City’s duties to the public may be addressed separately through the City’s Disciplinary Policy or may result in disqualification of an applicant, intern, or volunteer. The date of conviction and anticipated date of hire will be used when determining eligibility under this policy.
  • Convicted of, plead guilty to, or no contest to any felony.
  • Convicted of, plead guilty to, or no contest to a misdemeanor involving acts of moral turpitude (i.e. lying, cheating, and stealing).
  • Convicted of, plead guilty to, or no contest to a misdemeanor sex offense. • Convicted of, plead guilty to, or no contest to domestic assault.
  • Conviction of possession, manufacture, and/or distribution of illegal drugs, excluding possession of marijuana or any cannabis derivative. 
  • Use of Cocaine, LSD, PCP, or any type of hallucinogenic drug in the last five years, unless the candidate (i) has successfully completed a supervised drug rehabilitation program, or (ii) is participating in a supervised drug rehabilitation program and is no longer engaging in the illegal use of drugs. Proof of successful completion of or active participation in a supervised drug rehabilitation program must be furnished to the Police Department.
  •  Dishonorable discharge, Bad conduct/Misconduct discharge, and Other than Honorable discharges from military service. General and Uncharacterized discharges from military service will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Untruthfulness or the withholding of pertinent information during any phase of the application process (e.g. application, interview, paperwork etc.). 
  • Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the process.

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1. What are the minimum requirements to become a Chesapeake Police Officer?
2. What is the age cut off to apply?
3. Does the police department have a tattoo policy?
4. I was discharged from the military with a general discharge under honorable or uncharacterized conditions. Can I still apply for the Chesapeake Police Department?
5. May I get the address to the Police Department?
6. How long is the Chesapeake Police Academy?
7. When I attend the Chesapeake Police Academy, do I live at the academy?
8. What are the automatic disqualifiers?
9. When will my salary and benefits start?
10. Are there residency requirements to serve with the Chesapeake Police Department?
11. I am currently serving active duty in the military, when can I apply?
12. When I graduate from the academy what happens?
13. What happens if I omit important information, or I am deceptive in the hiring process regarding my background history?
14. Can I apply if I have used Marijuana or other drugs/narcotics in the past?
15. How many academy sessions are held each year?
16. As an out of state applicant how many visits will I need to make to Chesapeake during the hiring process?
17. How long does the hiring process generally take?
18. I am already a certified law enforcement officer, is the hiring process different for me?
19. have been disqualified or was previously disqualified from the hiring process. How long will it be before I can re-apply?
20. What does the Physical Ability Testing consist of?
21. How many applicants are typically hired for the academy?
22. What happens if I fail the Physical Ability Testing?
23. How do I prepare for the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Academy?
24. Will I have to purchase my own gear, or will the department pay for it?
25. Is there a written entrance exam?
26. Does the department offer take-home cars?
27. Do I need to submit all my documents prior to testing?
28. What are the uniform patrol shift hours?
29. Does the Chesapeake Police Department have overtime pay?
30. What do I wear for my interviews?
31. How many sworn officers are in the Chesapeake Police Department?
32. How long do I have to wait to join a specialty unit?
33. How may I learn about the City of Chesapeake?