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Career Growth at Chesterfield County Police Department

At CCPD, there’s an
opportunity for everyone.

We are looking for qualified people to join our team and help build a safer Virginia. If you have a desire to protect and a heart to serve the Chesterfield community, you’re in the right place. 

As a Chesterfield police officer you’ll be working in a large, diverse county – recently named to Money Magazine’s “Top 100 Places to Live” – with a growing population, many career opportunities, and an abundance of natural beauty. 

Learn more about where your skill set fits into our force!

Police Officer – New Recruit

Make protecting Chesterfield County your career! The Chesterfield County Police Department is located in central Virginia and adjoins the City of Richmond. With more than 400 square miles of parks, trails, and attractions, you’ll be patrolling neighborhoods that will quickly feel like home. 

To be a CCPD Police Officer is to be part of something bigger than yourself — to be entrusted to serve and protect an incredible community of people. Our department offers an attractive benefits package, including paid training with no overnights or weekends to fully equip you for a future of ensuring the safety and security of Chesterfield residents. 

This position is part of an approved Career Development Plan (CDP) and offers career progression opportunities and salary incentives, as funding permits, based on performance, qualifications, and experience.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have been a lawful resident of the United States for the past ten consecutive years. 
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age prior to completion of the field training program. 
  • Successful applicants must pass a physical agility test
  • Must possess or be eligible for a Virginia driver's license with no more than six demerit points in the past twelve months or a DUI conviction within the past four years.
  • Must have binocular vision of 20/25 corrected and weight in proportion to height. 
  • No conviction of felonies and/or habitual misdemeanors. 
  • No conviction of, or guilty plea or no contest plea to: misdemeanor sex offense, or any domestic assault.
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation, which includes a polygraph and a psychological, medical, and drug screening. 
  • Must participate in pre-employment drug testing, FBI criminal background check and education/degree verification required. 
  • This position is subject to working in high security areas governed by the U.S. Department of Justice’s “Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Security Policy” and therefore requires successfully passing a more stringent criminal background check.
  • Police Recruit Salary is $56,107 until completion of training. Upon completion of field training and progression to officer status, the salary increases to $58,536. New officers hired before January 1, will be eligible for a step increase at the new fiscal year. New employee hires hired after January 1, will receive their step increase the following fiscal year. Upon completion of field training and receipt of the Step 2 increase, officer salary increases to $59,853. 
  • Once your application has been submitted in full and processed, you will be contacted by the Police Personnel Division. 
  • If you have not heard anything within one week, please call the Chesterfield County Police Personnel Division at (804) 748-1547. 
  • Please be aware that some emails may go to your SPAM folder.
Pre-Certified
Lateral Officer Program

The Chesterfield County Police Department is excited to accept lateral transfers for those with certifications in the state of Virginia, as well as out of state. Candidates who are selected will attend an abbreviated 14-week orientation and a full field training experience to maximize assimilation and familiarization. Your training will emphasize Chesterfield County Police Department’s philosophy, policies and procedures. 

Please note: Salary is commensurate with experience.

If you have any questions, call the Police Personnel Unit at 804-748-1547.

Police Officer Pre-Certified (In-State)
  • Possess a current Virginia law enforcement certification or have relinquished certification within two years preceding date of hire
  • Have completed one consecutive year of sworn service upon completion of a field training program
  • Have left former agency in good standing
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Pass a physical agility test
  • Possess or be eligible for a Virginia driver’s license with no more than six demerit points in the past twelve months and no DUI conviction within the past five years
  • Have binocular vision of 20/25 corrected
  • Have weight in proportion to height
  • Have no conviction of felonies and/or habitual misdemeanors
  • Have no conviction of, or guilty plea or no contest pleas to: misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, including petit larceny; any misdemeanor sex offense; or any domestic assault
  • Pass an extensive background investigation which includes a polygraph, psychological, medical and drug screening
  • If you move to a VRS-covered position from a non-covered position with an employer that has a portability agreement with VRS (PDF), you may be eligible to transfer retirement assets from the former employer’s plan in exchange for VRS service credit.
Police Officer Pre-Certified (Out-of-State)
  • Possess a current Virginia law enforcement certification or have relinquished certification within two years preceding date of hire
  • Have completed one consecutive year of sworn service upon completion of a field training program
  • Have left former agency in good standing
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Be a US citizen
  • Pass a physical agility test
  • Possess or be eligible for a Virginia driver’s license with no more than six demerit points in the past twelve months and no DUI conviction within the past five years
  • Have binocular vision of 20/25 corrected
  • Have weight in proportion to height
  • Have no conviction of felonies and/or habitual misdemeanors
  • Have no conviction of, or guilty plea or no contest pleas to: misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, including petit larceny; any misdemeanor sex offense; or any domestic assault
  • Pass an extensive background investigation which includes a polygraph, psychological, medical and drug screening
Police Service Aide

The Police Service Aide position is a great opportunity for aspiring CCPD officers. Duties include responding to calls for service that are not in progress, conducting victim and witness interviews, processing evidence, preparing detailed police reports, interacting with community members, and performing other duties in a field assignment.

  • Must be 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Must be in compliance with the department’s Dress Code and Appearance Policy (PDF)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have binocular vision of 20/25 corrected
  • Must have a high school diploma or a General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Must have no conviction of, or guilty or no contest plea to, any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, including petit larceny, any misdemeanor sex offense or any domestic assault
  • Must have no convictions of felonies and/or serious and habitual misdemeanors
  • Must have weight in proportion to height
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation, including a polygraph, psychological, medical and drug screening
  • Must possess or be eligible for a Virginia driver’s license
  • This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $42,983 annually. Those hired for this position will attend a 10-week paid academy prior to beginning their field assignment.
  • To be considered for this position, you must submit an application and then you will be contacted by the Police Personnel Division. 
  • If you have any questions, call the Police Personnel Unit at 804-748-1547.
Internship Program

The Chesterfield County Police Department’s Student Intern Program provides a positive learning environment for interested college students to experience the various aspects and responsibilities of law enforcement while completing a project as part of their studies. Interns are invited to complete 160 internship hours.

If you need additional information about the Student Intern Program, contact our internship coordinator at (804) 748-1547 or email CCPDinternships@chesterfield.org.

  • Be enrolled in either a two-year or four-year accredited institution, have completed 12 credit hours prior to submitting the application or be enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited institution and possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
Internship Sessions Internship Experience Dates Apply Between Dates
Summer Internship 2023 May to August Dec. 1 to March 15
Fall Internship 2023 September to December April 1 to July 15
Spring Internship 2024 January to April Aug. 1 to Nov. 15
  • Selected candidates will be invited to interview with the internship coordinator. If selected, the background investigation process can take three to four months to complete.
Additional Specialized Units

The Chesterfield County Police Department has several specialized units to manage the variety of calls for service and events that occur within our community. In addition, there are many task forces available to our police officers to develop and advance their law enforcement career, ultimately promoting to higher ranks within our department.

Once a member of our force, you may be eligible to join Specialized Units, including:

  • Crime Analysis & Crime Prevention
  • Violent Crimes Unit
  • K9 Unit
  • School Resource Officers
  • Intelligence Unit
  • Special Enforcement Team
  • And more!

Ready to get started? If you have any questions regarding our department’s application process, call the Police Personnel Unit at (804) 748-1547 or contact us using our online form today.