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Chief of Police
Jeffrey S. Katz

Phone Numbers
Non-emergencies
804-748-1251
804-748-6265 Fax

Emergencies dial 911  


Mailing Address
Chesterfield County Police Department
P.O. Box 148
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Street Address
10001 Iron Bridge Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Police Department
Frequently Asked Questions for Police Recruitment

Applying/Testing

Is there an age limit for becoming a police officer?

You must be 21 years old at the time you graduate the academy. Seventy years is the maximum age for policing as set forth in the Code of Virginia 51.1-205.

What time is the test?

Processing for the test starts promptly at 7:00 a.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and bring your completed background packet with you.

What is the address of the test location?

Testing is held at

Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center
6610 Public Safety Way
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Are there any study materials for the test?

We do not offer any study material for the exam.

What documents and types of ID do I have to bring to the test?

You must bring a government issued photo ID and the completed background packet.

What if I can't get all my documents together before the test?

On test day you are required to have

  • completed background packet
  • government issued photo ID
  • two #2 non-mechanical pencils
  • one black pen.

All other information/documents will be brought to your interview.

How long will I be at the test?

We start promptly at 7:00 a.m. and work to get everyone through in a timely manner. Testing will be completed by 3:00 p.m., though most people finish earlier.

Do I get a lunch break?

There is a 30-minute break between the physical ability test and the start of the written exam. You can bring something to eat during that time or leave to eat, but you need to be back before the start of the written exam or you will have to reschedule.

Do I wear gym/exercise clothes to the test?

Yes. While we know you want to look your best, you will be completing the physical ability test first. After the physical ability test, you will take the written exam.

Is the physical ability test given first?

Yes, we conduct the physical ability test first. We conduct the written exam after a short break.

What if I am unable to complete the physical ability test?

If you are unable to complete the physical ability test due to injury, illness, etc., you must email the Police Personnel Unit  and reschedule your test.

What if I fail the physical ability test?

If you complete the physical ability test but receive a failing score, you will be allowed to take the written test. However, you will not proceed in the hiring process until you retake and pass the physical ability test.

Is there a time limit on the written test?

Yes, there is a 2-hour time limit for the written test.

If I need to reschedule the test what do I do?

If you need to change your test date, we will work to accommodate your needs. Please email the Police Personnel Unit to reschedule your test date, or if you decide to withdraw from the hiring process.

I am in the military, but will be getting out soon. When should I apply?

We value our employees and applicants who are veterans and we will work with you as best we can. The entire hiring process can take several months to complete; therefore, starting at least six months before you get out would be a good idea.

Please call one of our recruiters at 804-796-7169 or our office at 804-748-1547 if you need any further assistance.

I'm coming from out of state. Will your department cover the hotel cost?

We do not cover hotel expenses for out-of-state applicants in the initial phases of the hiring process. Should you proceed to the later stages, we will provide assistance with hotel expenses in some cases.

Documentation/Application

What if I can't get the background packet finished before the test?

You must have a completed background packet to test.

If additional time is needed to complete your packet, you may reschedule your test date by calling 804-748-1547 or by emailing the Police Personnel Unit. the Police Personnel Unit.

If you must reschedule, please notify us prior to noon the day before your scheduled test date.

I don't know my neighbors; do I have to list them?

Yes, as part of the background process we need you to speak to your neighbors. Look at it as an opportunity to say "Hi" and get to know them. If there are special circumstances, please let us know and we will be happy to work with you.

What if I can't remember all my addresses for the background packet?

List as many as you can with as much information as possible. It could be that you only know the city and state. If so, please list that.

What if I was charged with a misdemeanor/felony, will that prevent me from getting the job?

State law (Code of Virginia 15.2-1705) prohibits the hiring of a convicted felon as a police officer.

Misdemeanor convictions (except those involving moral turpitude, including petit larceny, misdemeanor sex offenses, or domestic assault) are examined on a case-by-case basis. It will not automatically exclude you from consideration.

What if I was charged with possession of marijuana, will that prevent me from getting the job?

A candidate's history is considered as a part of the background process. A possession conviction would be evaluated based on history and circumstances.

I have a poor driving history, is that a problem?

Driving histories are part of an individual's background. Many things are taken into consideration during the hiring process and a decision will be made based on the entirety of that process.

Next Steps

How long does it take to find out if I passed the written test?

It can take up to two weeks. If you have not received your score within two weeks, please call us at 804-748-1547.

What if I fail the written exam?

You must wait 6 months, reapply, and retake the written exam. You will also be required to retake the physical ability test.

When will I be called to come in for an interview?

Interviews are scheduled after testing and pre-screening of the background packets. It could take a few weeks before you are called. Delays may result from incomplete or inaccurate background packets being submitted. Please make sure your packet is filled out accurately and completely. Willful omissions will result in disqualification.

If I received a letter saying I am not going forward in the process, can I reapply? Will you tell me why I was removed from the process?

We do not disclose the reasons for a candidate's removal from the process. If you wish to reapply, you must wait at least 6 months. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to test.