Recruitment & Testing Information
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. Learn more about Chesterfield County. Learn more about our department.
You can now learn more about the Chesterfield County Police Department through our bi-weekly podcast, which can be found on Spotify. SoundCloud, YouTube and Apple Podcasts. Check out what officers are up to, what's new in the department and even hear from Chesterfield County 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.
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Local testing can only be scheduled by the Chesterfield County Police Personnel Unit after an application has been submitted. Once you apply online, the Police Personnel Unit will reach out to you via email. We currently test twice a month. No electronic devices will be allowed during any testing.
Out-of-Area Testing (Written Test Only)
Applicants who are taking an out-of-area written test must bring a valid, government-issued photo ID to testing. No electronic devices will be allowed during any testing.
Your test results will not be processed until an application is received. Should you have any questions, please call 804-748-1547 during regular business hours.
Items needed for test include a valid, government-issued photo ID, two number 2 pencils and one black pen.
The written exam consists of 169 questions in the following categories:
- Bio data (information about you and your background)
- Reading comprehension
- Recall and visual details
- Written communication skills
For the physical ability local testing, come dressed in appropriate clothing, such as t-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, and sweatshirts. It is imperative that your body is well hydrated and prepared for physical activity prior to participating in the physical ability test.
This process should begin prior to your scheduled test date. If you have any questions concerning your capability to perform the test, you should contact your physician. View the physical ability test standards (PDF).
The physical ability test consists of the following events: