How may I learn more about the Chesapeake Police Department?
  • Join the Chesapeake Police Explorers (Ages 14 – 21) 
  • Attend the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy (Residents, Age 18+) 
  • Participate in our Ride-Along program (Residents, Applicants & College Students Age 18+) 
  • Follow us on Facebook: @ChesapeakeVAPolice 
  • Follow us on Instagram: @ChesapeakePolice
  • Follow us on LinkedIn: @Chesapeake Police Department 
  • Contact our Recruiter:



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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. May I do a ride-along if I am in the application process?
14. What happens if I omit important information, or I am deceptive in the hiring process regarding my background history?
15. Can I apply if I have used Marijuana or other drugs/narcotics in the past?
16. How many academy sessions are held each year?
17. As an out of state applicant how many visits will I need to make to Chesapeake during the hiring process?
18. How long does the hiring process generally take?
19. I am already a certified law enforcement officer, is the hiring process different for me?
20. I have been disqualified or was previously disqualified from the hiring process. How long will it be before I can re-apply?
21. What does the Physical Ability Testing consist of?
22. How many applicants are typically hired for the academy?
23. What happens if I fail the Physical Ability Testing?
24. How do I prepare for the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Academy?
25. Will I have to purchase my own gear, or will the department pay for it?
26. Is there a written entrance exam?
27. Does the department offer take-home cars?
28. Do I need to submit all my documents prior to testing?
29. What are the uniform patrol shift hours?
30. Does the Chesapeake Police Department have overtime pay?
31. What do I wear for my interviews?
32. How many sworn officers are in the Chesapeake Police Department?
33. How long do I have to wait to join a specialty unit?
34. How may I learn about the City of Chesapeake?
35. How may I learn more about the Chesapeake Police Department?