Thank you for taking the first step toward serving your community as a police officer with the Fredericksburg Police Department. We are seeking highly motivated people who are physically fit and ready to make a difference in our community. The Fredericksburg Police Department offers a modern police facility, a career development program, a 24/7 on-site fitness facility, an additional off-site free gym membership at Gold's Gym and tuition reimbursement. Officers are also permitted to display tattoos and facial hair while in uniform.
Along with a base salary of $44,303, officers also enjoy excellent health and dental benefits, paid life insurance, VRS retirement, paid vacation and holidays and pay incentives for college graduates and Spanish-speaking abilities. City of Fredericksburg police officers receive their full salary while in the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy.
Ready to get started? The Fredericksburg Police Department administers written and physical agility testing for the position of police officer throughout the year. To get started, an applicant should plan to attend both the written and physical agility testing on a scheduled testing date. Employment applications are not accepted for the position of police officer until an applicant has passed both the written and physical agility tests. A qualified applicant must be a citizen of the United States, be at least 21 years of age at the time of graduation from the basic police academy, possess a valid driver's license and be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate. To view a complete list of applicant disqualifiers, click here.
The police officer selection process also includes a polygraph examination, a psychological screening, a background investigation, a police ride-along, a senior panel interview, an interview with the Chief of Police, a medical screening and a drug screening.
Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) Law Enforcement certified officers are processed on a continual basis, and the written test is waived for certified officers. Email Sergeant Crystal Hill to schedule the physical agility test.
Fredericksburg Police Officers must successfully complete the 19-week law enforcement course at the Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Academy. Physical fitness training at the academy will include push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, 1.5 mile – 2 mile runs, and an obstacle course. Police officers begin the Field Training Evaluation Program after graduation. Newly hired officers serve in a probationary status for one year following graduation from the academy. For more information, click here.
To see what the physical fitness test entails, watch this brief video.