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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.
Processing for the test starts promptly at 7 a.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early and bring your completed background packet with you.
Testing is held at:
Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center6610 Public Safety WayChesterfield, VA 23832
We do not offer any study material for the exam.
You must bring a government issued photo ID and the completed background packet (PDF).
On test day you are required to have the following:
All other information/documents will be brought to your interview.
We start promptly at 7 a.m. and work to get everyone through in a timely manner. Testing will be completed by 3 p.m., though most people finish earlier.
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.
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.
Yes, we conduct the physical ability test first. We conduct the written exam after a short break.
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.
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.
Yes, there is a 2-hour time limit for the written test.
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.
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.
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.