Hiring Process

Once you apply, our Police Personnel Unit will reach out to you via email (be sure to check your spam/junk folders). In that email, you’ll be given instructions to complete a background packet. You must return the background packet to us electronically. Once your background packet has been received, the next step in our hiring process is to take our physical ability test. You must be invited to the test to participate. 

If you have not received an email within two weeks of application, please contact the Chesterfield County Police Personnel Unit at 804-748-1547.

Once you confirm your test date, you must print and bring your completed background packet with you to your assigned test date. Applicants who do not bring their completed background packet with them to testing will not be admitted.

Please note: if you are applying for a Pre-Certified Lateral Officer position, you must bring a copy of your training records along with our completed background packet to the test. 

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

Although individuals with minimum qualifications may apply, only those with the most suitable job-related experience, education, and qualifications will be selected.


The department offers an attractive benefits package, including paid training. Recruit salary is $51,006 until the completion of training. Upon completion of field training and progression to officer status, the salary increases to $53,214. Pre-certified officers are competitively compensated commensurate to similarly tenured and experienced incumbent personnel.


If you have any questions regarding our police officer applicant process, check out our list of frequently asked questions or call the Police Personnel Unit at 804-748-1547.