Domestic Violence Detective

**Must be DCJS L.E. certified**

Starting Salary: $60,000 (negotiable) with a $5,200 sign-on incentive

Plus: 24 hours of annual leave and 24 hours of sick leave will be granted upon hire


The Fredericksburg Police Department’s Domestic Violence Detective will focus primarily on domestic violence investigations.  The domestic violence detective will follow up on all domestic violence complaints to ensure criminal charges are placed where applicable and evidence is secured.  They will work closely with the victim witness advocate to follow up with domestic violence victims and provide additional resources.  The Domestic Violence Detective may be assigned to investigate crimes of all nature depending on call volume and assignment as needed.

All Fredericksburg Police Department detectives are responsible for the prevention, detection, investigation, and prosecution of criminal violations related to crimes against persons and property in the City of Fredericksburg. Detectives work in plain clothes and coordinate investigations with other similar units of local, state, and federal agencies. Detectives may be assigned to investigate any type of crime, but assignments are typically made based upon the detective's training and experience.

Detectives works a fixed schedule.  This position also requires work outside the normal schedule to complete the mission.  This includes but is not limited to overtime details, major events, and undercover investigations.

Salary will be commiserate with training and experience.

Minimum requirements include:

  • Current Virginia DCJS Certified officer with 3 years’ experience in law enforcement.
  • No more than two moving violations within previous 24 months
  • No current or previous revocations of suspension of license within previous 60 months due to a moving violation
  • Undergo a background investigation including fingerprint-based criminal history records inquiries to both the CCRE and FBI
  • Undergo a physical examination, subsequent to a conditional offer of employment
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Must complete lawfit course
  • Have previously documented experience as a detective, investigator, agent, or other field of specialized criminal investigatory activities
  • Full Resume with Curriculum Vitae


All detectives assigned to the Detective Division are responsible for the following:

  • Upon being hired, the employee must complete a modified Field Training & Evaluation Program (FTEP)
  • Well-documented reports, supplements, and investigations
  • Testifying in Court and Grand Jury proceedings
  • Assisting patrol officers with certain cases
  • Maintaining liaison with other agencies and detectives
  • Sharing information with other detectives and agencies regarding certain investigations
  • Working irregular hours upon short notice and participating in an on-call rotation
  • Carrying a department issued cell phone and subject to be called back to work when needed
  • Willing to work in an undercover capacity as required
  • Working closely with victim advocates, Commonwealth Attorneys, Social Services, and other service providers
  • Any other duties requested by a supervisor or the Detective Division Commander

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

Candidates must possess an avid interest in being a General Assignment Detective and should possess the following in order to be successful:

  • Knowledge of domestic violence investigations
  • Knowledge of laws and procedures related to criminal investigations
  • Knowledge of search and seizure laws and procedures
  • Knowledge of crime scene and evidence management
  • Knowledge of interview techniques to include but not limited to:
    • Reid Interview and Interrogation
    • ChildFirst Forensic Interviewing
    • Polygraph Examinations
    • Crisis Stabilization/Crisis Negotiation
  • Knowledge of Virginia Department of Forensic Science Evidence Handling Techniques
  • Virginia Department of Forensic Science academy alumni
  • Fingerprint Examination/AFIS experience
  • Knowledge of Computer/Mobile Device forensics
  • Experience from any specialty task force assignment
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision or direct supervision where applicable
  • Ability to use computers to research information
  • Willingness to follow directions to achieve the goals and objectives of the division
  • Ability to react quickly both mentally and physically to potentially dangerous situations

 NOTE: No significance should be placed on the order of these skills and abilities.