Recruitment

Why Chesterfield County?

The Chesterfield County Police Department is located in central Virginia and adjoins the City of Richmond. With over 400 square miles of parks, trails, attractions and other opportunities, you can decide your lifestyle. These will also be the areas you will be patrolling.

We understand that many of our applicants are from out of the area or state. We hope that these tools will help if you decide to relocate to our county. View videos about life in Chesterfield County. Additionally, you can learn more about the Police Department through our bi-weekly podcast, which can be found on Spotify. SoundCloud, YouTube and Apple Podcasts. Listen to what officers are up to, what's new in the department and hear from Police Chief Colonel Jeffrey S. Katz. We look forward to sharing some behind-the-scenes conversations with our listeners.

Our recruiters are here for you and your quality of life matters. We want you, your family and your friends to be comfortable, informed and excited about starting a career in law enforcement with our department.

Join Chesterfield County Police

The Chesterfield County Police Department is now hiring new and pre-certified officers.

Chat with a Recruiter

Use our Interview Now interest form to inform a recruiter that you would like to chat prior to formally applying. You can also text "JoinCCPD" to 804-656-5824.

The department offers an attractive benefits package, including paid training (no overnights or weekends). Recruit salary is $56,107 until the completion of training. Upon completion of field training and progression to officer status, the salary increases to $58,536. Pre-certified officers are competitively compensated commensurate to similarly tenured and experienced incumbent personnel.

We are a progressive and innovative department with 500-plus officers and more than 100 civilian employees that are a part of the community, not apart from it. In addition to our officer positions, we also have internship and volunteer opportunities available. Our officers are committed to serving the people of Chesterfield County with integrity and professionalism. Broaden your law enforcement experience through advanced training and/or serving in one of our many specialized units. View our recruitment video.

Contact Police Recruitment

Contact Police Recruitment by email or by calling 804-796-7169. When calling, please leave a message, as that number is not covered 24/7.

Previous Applicant Inquiries
For inquiries on previous applicants, call 804-748-1547 during business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Minimum Qualifications

All applicants must meet the following minimum basic qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Must be at least 21 years of age prior to completion of the field training program
  • Must possess or be eligible for a Virginia driver's license
  • Must pass a physical agility test
  • Must have binocular vision of 20/25 corrected
  • Must have weight in proportion to height
  • Must pass an extensive background investigation, which includes a polygraph, psychological, medical and drug screening
  • Must be in compliance with the department’s Dress Code and Appearance Policy (PDF)

Note: Applicants will be eliminated for significant omissions or falsifications on any documents prepared in conjunction with the application process.

People Over Process

Chesterfield County Police Department was recently highlighted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for successful recruitment and retention efforts and organizational culture - specifically our emphasis on people over process. Additionally, our commitment to preserve life, protect the vulnerable and establish problem-solving partnerships were noted. 

Join our award-winning agency that recruits, develops and trains top-tier talent to serve and protect our beloved community. View the IACP Thought Leadership video