Serve with Chesterfield Police
Whether you're looking for a fulfilling career, an internship experience or a volunteer opportunity, the Chesterfield County Police Department has something for you.
The objective of the student internship program is to provide a positive learning environment, in which interested college students can experience the various aspects and responsibilities of law enforcement while completing a project as part of their studies. Interns generally complete 160 internship hours.
Internship Applicant Requirements
- Be enrolled in one of the following: high school with at least 12 hours of college credit prior to submitting the application; a two-year or four-year accredited institution; or a graduate program at an accredited institution.
- Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
- Be a permanent U.S. resident for at least 10 years.
- Be at least 18 years old.
Internship Application Process
Fall Internship 2023
Application Dates: This application period is now closed.
Internship Experience Date: September - December 2023
Spring Internship 2024
Application Dates: Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023
Internship Experience Date: January - April 2024
Summer Internship 2024
Application Dates: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023 - Friday, March 15, 2024
Internship Experience Date: May - August 2024
Selected candidates will be invited to interview with the internship coordinator. If selected, the background investigation process can take three to four months to complete.
Our volunteers are valued members of our department. Each volunteer helps support the department and builds on our positive, problem-solving partnership with our community.
If you are interested in serving your community in any of the following roles, please email the police department’s volunteer coordinator or call 804-318-8995. All potential volunteers must undergo a background investigation.
Police Officer Hiring Process Volunteers
Help CCPD Select Future Officers
Our Police Officer Hiring Process volunteers join command staff members at the table and participate in panel interviews of police officer applicants. These Level-1 volunteers also review final background investigation summary reports to provide recommendations for hire. They have a voice in the final recommendation of a given applicant's viability for the police officer position. View volunteer program video.
Key steps to becoming an authorized Level-1 Volunteer for the police officer hiring process:
- Email Sr. Human Resource Analyst S. King to get the process started.
- Complete and return (electronically or physically) the Background Investigation Packet, the Rules of Confidentiality, and the Volunteer Assumption of Risk form, which you will receive via email.
- Upon review of the information you provide, you will either be scheduled for a background interview with a police personnel background detective or receive notification that you are not eligible to proceed in the process.
- Complete a polygraph examination.
- Complete a panel interview with department command staff members.
- Complete a psychological evaluation.
- Final file is reviewed by the chain of command up through the Chief of Police.
The following checks will be conducted if you proceed to the background investigation phase:
- Driver’s transcripts
- NCIC/VCIN check
- CCRE/FBI fingerprint check
- Virginia Department of Social Services/Child Protective Services search (VA residents only – past and present)
- Check of databases available to law enforcement
- Financial records check, to include bank account history and credit report
- Employment reference check on the applicant for the past seven years, as well as relevant work history. Applicants will provide a complete work history in their packet
- Personal reference check – six references are initially provided by the applicant
- Neighbor reference check – three references are initially provided by the applicant
- Landlord check, past and present – names are provided by the applicant
- DD214, if applicable
- High school transcripts or GED certificate
Public Safety Cadets
The Chesterfield County Police Public Safety Cadet Program is a volunteer program for young people who want to learn about law enforcement and criminal justice professions. Cadets can:
- Ride along with officers
- Participate in community events
- Participate in competitions
- Other activities
Members must do the following:
- Have completed the eighth grade and be between the ages of 14 and 21.
- Be residents of Chesterfield County. (Note: Exceptions may be made for youth who live in a locality without a cadet program.)
- Be of good moral character and personal habits.
- Be enrolled in high school with a 2.0 GPA, or have already obtained a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Pass a background investigation.
- Purchase some uniform items.
For more information, email the unit mentor.
Motorist Assistance Team
Motorist Assistance Team members often patrol during the busiest times of the work day.
Members may be called on to jump start a vehicle, deliver a gallon of gasoline to a stranded motorist, or direct traffic at the scene of an accident, fire or crime.
Team member duties can include:
- Patrolling an assigned area and responding to calls
- Helping officers control traffic at crash scenes
- Responding to hazardous road conditions such as debris in the road, high water, ice spots, etc.
- Assisting officers at intersections where traffic lights are not working
- Relieving officers who are awaiting tow truck services
- Helping officers arrange traffic detours in the event of a crime scene, crash or fire
- Assisting officers with traffic control at community events
- Providing directions and guidance to motorists
All applicants are required to undergo an extensive background investigation.
For more information, please email the Volunteer Coordinator.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
- Animal Services: Volunteers help with the Animal Shelter’s Dog Exercise Program, or by washing bowls, cleaning cages, doing laundry or aiding at off-site adoption events.
- Mail Couriers: Mail Couriers transport departmental mail between police department buildings.
- Office/Administration Volunteers: Volunteers work alongside employees in administrative roles in areas such as Personnel, Property, Records and Crime Prevention.
- Police Chaplains: Police Chaplains provide 24-hour, on-call assistance to officers during death notifications, suicide interventions and grief counseling situations, and to people in crisis due to traffic- or injury-related deaths. They are also available to provide counseling and pastoral services to officers, their families, other department members and community members, upon request.
- Special Events: These volunteers help with a wide variety of tasks, including collating mailings and supplies, preparing and serving refreshments at department events, dressing as McGruff and more.
- Training Scenario Actors: Training Scenario Actors take part in the DCJS Mandatory Practical Testing with police academy recruits.