Police Officer

Click here for testing dates in March 2020.

Thank you for taking the first step toward serving your community as a police officer with the Fredericksburg Police Department. We are seeking highly motivated people who are physically fit and ready to make a difference in our community. 

  • Base salary $46,518
    • Associate’s Degree base salary: $47,913
    • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree base salary: $49,309
    • Fluent in Spanish base salary: $49,309
  • Take-Home Vehicle Program
  • Facial hair permitted
  • Tattoos permitted (tattoos on the neck, face or head are not permitted)
  • Free gym membership at Gold’s Gym
  • 24/7 on-site fitness facility
  • Strong community support
  • Modern police facility
  • Career development program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Full pay while attending Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy
  • K-9, Detective, Crisis Negotiators, SETT
  • Competitive City benefits and retirement through VRS 

Ready to get started? The Fredericksburg Police Department administers written and physical agility testing for the position of police officer throughout the year; applicants should plan to attend both the written and physical agility testing on a scheduled testing date. Employment applications are not accepted for the position of police officer until an applicant has passed both the written and physical agility tests.  

Click here for testing dates in March 2020.

A qualified applicant must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from the basic police academy
  • Possess a valid driver’s license
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate

Disqualifiers may include the following:

  • DUI conviction within the last 5 years
  • History of a driver’s license suspension or revocation due to a moving violation within the last 5 years
  • Felony convictions
  • Misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude (lying, cheating or stealing) such as shoplifting, fraud, larceny, perjury, etc.
  • Sex offense convictions
  • To view a complete list of applicant disqualifiers, click here

The police officer selection process includes the following steps:

  • Written testing
  • Physical agility testing
  • Polygraph examination
  • Psychological screening
  • Background investigation
  • Police ride-along
  • Senior panel interview
  • Interview with the Chief of Police
  • Medical screening 
  • Drug screening

What happens if I fail the written test or physical agility test (PAT)? 

You may apply no sooner than 1 month after failing either the written or physical agility test.

If I’m hired by your Department, how much does the academy cost me? 

Nothing! We will pay for you to attend the academy and you will also receive your full salary while you are attending the academy.

If I do not get hired by your agency, can I obtain my own certification?

Yes. The cost of attending RRCJA for an LE certification is about $5,000, which does not include the additional fees for background checks. If you are a military veteran, it is possible that your GI Bill or Veteran’s Benefits can be applied to pay for your academy training. For more information, please reach out to your Veteran’s Benefits Representative.

I’m a military veteran with GI Bill benefits. Can I collect a housing allowance while in the academy?

Yes. RRCJA is an approved training site for this purpose. Please reach out to your Veteran’s Benefits Representative for more information.

Do I need to buy my own uniforms? 

No. The Fredericksburg Police Department outfits each officer with the uniforms, safety equipment and tools needed to do their job.

How does the retirement work? 

The City of Fredericksburg is a participating member of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). Being a full-time salaried sworn local police officer may also qualify you for hazardous duty benefits upon retirement. 

What type of shift will I work? 

Each officer begins their career in the patrol division. Patrol shifts are 11 hours and officers will be assigned a day, evening or night shift, alternating between a 4 and 5 day-off cycle. The schedule looks like this: Work Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; off Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday; work Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday; off Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. 

Do you have take-home cars? 

Yes, if you live within the City of Fredericksburg. If you do not live in the City, some special assignments like K-9 and Community Police Officer (CPO) also have take-home cars. You may also take your car home if you are on-duty and a member of Special Equipment Tactical Team (SETT).

How long does the hiring process take? 

It can take anywhere from 3-5 months to complete the hiring process from the time of initial testing.

What is your tattoo and facial hair policy? 

Officers may display tattoos while in uniform as long as they are not on the face, neck or head, and are not considered offensive. Officers may also have a goatee while in uniform; full beards are not allowed as they interfere with the wearing of a respirator.

Do I have to sign an employment contract?

Yes. Training and equipping officers, at no cost to the officer, is expensive. The Fredericksburg Police Department requires that officers sign a four year service contract.

What if I am already a DCJS-certified law enforcement officer in?

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Law Enforcement certified officers are processed on a continual basis, and the written test is waived for certified officers. Email Sergeant Crystal Hill to begin the process. Those officers who are DCJS-certified in a different state must complete the police academy and are still subject to the full hiring process.

Can you tell me more about RRCJA?

Fredericksburg Police officers attend the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. The academy is about 20 weeks long and a typical schedule will include 10-hour days from Monday- Thursday. RRCJA is a regional academy and has over 30 member agencies. Recruits will travel to-and-from the academy each day; the academy is not live-in. Physical fitness training at the academy will include push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, 1.5 mile – 2 mile runs, and an obstacle course.

What does the initial physical agility test consist of?

To see what the physical fitness test entails, watch this brief video.