Employment and Training Process

Basic Duties and Responsibilities: 

This is an illustrative list of duties performed by a Police Officer and is not an exhaustive list of those duties.

Some of the essential duties of a police officer are the following:  the ability to run for several hundred yards; climbing over obstacles; crawling; pushing motor vehicles; moving or carrying accident, fire or crime victims; using physical force to apprehend and subdue arrestees; withstanding prolonged exposure, twelve (12) hours or more, to extreme weather conditions; withstanding prolonged periods of standing and sitting; withstanding frequent exposure to stress-producing situations such as encountering persons injured or killed by accidents, crimes or suicide; dealing with domestic disputes; ability to be courteous yet firm with the public and to be alert; ability to use discretion and good judgment; ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions; communicate effectively with individuals suffering from trauma; operate a motor vehicle for long periods of time; use a firearm and all other assigned equipment effectively; fill out written reports in a clear, concise, accurate and timely manner; ability to work during daytime and nighttime hours; possess good powers of observation and memory; excellent moral character; and physical condition that permits the activities necessary in and inherent to the police officer profession.

Application Process:

Complete an application
Written Examination
Physical Agility Test
Preliminary Interview
Background Investigation
Polygraph Examination
Staff Interview
Psychological Testing
Clinical Interview
Medical and Drug Testing
Chief Selection
Final Offer of Employment

This process can take up to six months to complete.

To get a better understanding of the training you will receive, you can view this 45 min. documentary on the 49th Basic Training Academy.

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Henrico, VA 23273-0775

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