The VCU Police Department continually accepts cover letters and resumes for the position of police officer recruit and pre-employment training. The department has 82 sworn and certified police officers serving two urban campuses and a diverse population of 50,000. The VCU Police Academy also selects and trains pre-employment candidates.
The selection process includes a preliminary interview, a full VCIN/NCIC/DMV records check, six letters of reference (three business and three personal), fingerprint-based CCRE/FBI check, psychological review, a written 500-word essay, copy of birth certificate, copies of school transcripts, copy of military DD-214 forms (where applicable), citizenship check, a full physical exam by a licensed physician, polygraph, pre-hire physical fitness test and a drug screen test upon job offer. The final selections are made by an oral review board and the Chief of Police.
- Lateral (in-state): Must be currently working and certified as a police officer in Virginia by the Department of Criminal Justice Services.
- Lateral (out-of-state): Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services will evaluate your current state certification for compliance with the commonwealth of Virginia's high standards for law enforcement training. You must be currently certified in your state.
Benefits (in addition to salary)
Benefits include choice of health, dental and disability/life insurance plans; annual, holiday and sick leave accrual; participation in the Virginia Supplemental Retirement System and VaLORS Program; deferred compensation plans and tuition waiver program. Equipment, uniforms and cleaning of Class A uniforms are provided.