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Law Enforcement Careers in Virginia

Police training for law enforcement jobs in Virginia varies according to the agency. Police officer and deputy sheriff jobs in Virginia’s municipalities and counties may require shorter periods of training at local police academies, while State Trooper jobs in Virginia require longer training periods at the Virginia State Police Academy in Richmond.

Police Officer Jobs in Virginia

Police officer jobs in Virginia are found in the Commonwealth’s towns and cities. The largest municipal police departments in Virginia include:

  • Alexandria Police Department
  • Arlington County Police Department
  • Norfolk Police Department
  • Hampton Police Division
  • Portsmouth Police Department

Police officer jobs in Virginia may include:

  • Police officer
  • Chief of Police

Deputy Sheriff Jobs in Virginia

The first sheriff in the United States was in Virginia in 1634, according to Virginia Sheriff. Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs work in Virginia’s counties and cities, enforcing and upholding laws. The largest sheriff departments in Virginia include:

  • Arlington County Sheriff’s Office
  • Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office
  • Alexandria City Sheriff’s Office
  • City of Hampton Sheriff’s Office
  • Norfolk Sheriff’s Office
  • Portsmouth Sheriff’s Office
  • Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
 

Deputy Sheriff jobs in Virginia counties may include:

  • Deputy sheriff
  • Sheriff

Qualifications for Becoming a Police Officer or Deputy Sheriff in Virginia

While each city/county that employs deputy sheriffs and/or police officers has its own qualifications for employment, generally the following rules apply to all applicants:

  • U.S. citizens only need apply
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must pass extensive background investigation
  • Must pass physical and medical examinations
  • Must pass polygraph examination
  • Must pass psychological examination

State Trooper Jobs With the Highway Patrol in Virginia

State trooper jobs in Virginia come with many responsibilities. Duties of state troopers in Virginia include, but are not limited to, enforcing Commonwealth laws, investigating traffic and criminal offenses, interviewing, performing lifesaving operations, searching, communicating in writing and orally, and reading and comprehending legal documents.  State trooper jobs in Virginia may be found in:

  • Administrative headquarters: Richmond
  • Division 1 HQ: Henrico; offices:
    • Area 1: Ashland
    • Area2: Warsaw
    • Area 3: West Point
    • Area 4: Mineral
    • Area 6: Powhatan
    • Area 7: Petersburg
    • Area 8: Richmond
    • Area 44: Bowling Green
  • Division 2 HQ: Culpeper; offices:
    • Area 5: Fredericksburg
    • Area 12: Warrenton
    • Area 13: Winchester
    • Area 14: Luray
    • Area 15: Culpeper
    • Area 16: Harrisonburg
  • Division 3 HQ: Appomattox; offices:
    • Area 17: Staunton
    • Area 18: Charlottesville
    • Area 19: Buckingham
    • Area 20: Amherst
    • Area 21: Appomattox
    • Area 22: South Hill
    • Area 23: South Boston
  • Division 4 HQ: Wythe; offices:
    • Area 24: Dublin
    • Area 25: Galax
    • Area 26: Wythe
    • Area 27: Bristol
    • Area 28: Claypool Hill
    • Area 29: Vansant
    • Area 30: Wise
  • Division 5 HQ: Chesapeake; offices:
    • Area 31: Melfa
    • Area 32: Norfolk
    • Area 33: Gloucester
    • Area 34: Franklin
    • Area 35: Emporia
    • Area 36: Waverly
    • Area 37: Williamsburg
    • Area 46: Hampton
    • Area 47: Chesapeake
  • Division 6 HQ: Salem; offices:
    • Area 38: Clifton Forge
    • Area 39: Lexington
    • Area 40: Salem
    • Area 41: Bedford
    • Area 42: Martinsville:
    • Area 43: Chatham
  • Division 7 HQ: Fairfax; offices:
    • Area 9: Fairfax
    • Area 10: Leesburg
    • Area 11: Independent Hill/Manassas
    • Area 45: Arlington
    • Area 48: Alexandria

State trooper jobs with the highway patrol in Virginia may include:

  • State police trooper
  • State police communications technician

Qualifications for Becoming a State Trooper in Virginia

  • 21 years old
  • High school graduate/GED (college experience preferred)
  • U.S. citizen
  • Pass a background investigation including a polygraph test
  • Driver’s license/good driving record
  • Willing to relocate to anywhere in Virginia
  • Willing to work rotating shifts/weekends
  • Must live in a state east of the Mississippi River
  • Must pass pre-employment drug testing and random screening thereafter
  • Must pass physical exam
  • Must pass psychological exam

Virginia Law Enforcement Salaries

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to its Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition, reported these median Virginia law enforcement salaries in 2010:

  • Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $73,670
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers: $47,620
  • Detectives and Criminal Investigators: $79,000

Salaries for Detectives and Criminal Investigators in Virginia

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford VA
70
60850
Charlottesville VA
60
66950
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
100
55090
Lynchburg VA
100
71520
Richmond VA
400
75730
Roanoke VA
150
71620
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
450
78600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
4480
108110
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
140
52280
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
110
62780
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
50
63090
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
160
68120

Police Officer and Sheriff Salary in Virginia

At the Virginia Beach Police Department, police officers completing academy training are paid $38,299. After graduation, they receive a 5% increase to $40,239 annually. Thereafter, salary increases are awarded by rank:

  • Recruits: $38,299 – $55,534
  • Officers: $40,239 – $58,346
  • Master Police Officers: $46,664 – $67,664
  • Sergeants: $54,116 – $78,469
  • Lieutenants: $59,735 – $89,603
  • Captains: $69,273 – 103,910

At the Arlington County Police Department, entry-level officers receive a salary of $48,000 during field training. After completing training, they are upgraded to Police Officer II and given a 5% salary increase to $50,400.

Police officers employed at the Chesapeake Police Department are paid a starting salary of $37,494 while attending the Chesapeake Law Enforcement Training Academy.

Police Recruits employed by the Norfolk Police Department are paid $37,230 per year. After training, the promotion to Police Officer is made, and the annual salary increases to $40,177. The maximum base salary for police officers at the Norfolk Police Department is currently $59,635.

Salaries for Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers in Virginia

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford VA
370
39150
Charlottesville VA
350
43200
Harrisonburg VA
190
41760
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
460
39060
Lynchburg VA
410
42720
Richmond VA
3050
48760
Roanoke VA
600
42750
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
4140
48610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
13340
64480
Winchester VA-WV
240
48860
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
Estimate Not Released
37880
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
430
39660
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
310
41070
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
590
40890

State Trooper Salary in Virginia

The state trooper salary in Virginia, according to the Virginia State Police, begins at 36,207 for the title of State Police Trooper.

Salaries for Police Supervisors and Detectives in Virginia

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford VA
60
64680
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol TN-VA
50
63800
Lynchburg VA
70
75200
Richmond VA
630
72840
Roanoke VA
60
74430
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA-NC
430
72660
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division
2620
111790
Winchester VA-WV
Estimate Not Released
75480
Southwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
100
58600
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area
70
63900
Northwestern Virginia nonmetropolitan area
110
66340

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