Recruitment

Ideal Place to Work and Live


If you are interested in a career in Law Enforcement, you will find the Colonial Heights Police Department is a growing department of 49 sworn Police Officers. The Colonial Heights Police Department serves a resident population of about 18,000 people, however the total number of citizens served daily is much greater due to the many businesses that our city. The city is proud of its rapidly growing commercial sectors as well as the steady growth of its residential area. These factors, along with major roadways in our area, such as I-95, combine to make this city an ideal place for the active Police Officer to work and live.

Employment Benefits


  • Virginia Supplemental Retirement System
  • Life Insurance
  • Accrued Vacation and Holidays
  • Sick Leave
  • Hospitalization
  • Credit Union
  • Take home cars (if residing in city)
  • Uniforms and equipment furnished
  • Training and Educational opportunities
  • Career Development Program
  • Tuition Reimbursement
    • Police Officer Recruit - $37,040 - $55,954
    • Police Officer - $40,904 - $73,042
    • Police Detective - $40,904 - $73,042

Minimum Qualifications


  • All potential applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America (VA Code 15.2-1705 section i)
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Proportional in height and weight
  • Have corrected vision of 20/20 or better in each eye
  • Of good character and reputation
  • Graduated from an accredited high school or GED certificate, some college preferred
  • Possess a valid Virginia operators license
  • In good physical condition as determined by a physician
  • Successfully complete a written exam, psychological evaluation, physical agility test, and background investigation.
  • Have not been convicted of or pleaded guilty or no contest to a felony or any offense that would be a felony if committed in Virginia (VA Code 15.2-1705 section vii)
  • Not have produced a positive result on a pre-employment drug screening (VA Code 15.2-1705 section viii)
If you feel you meet these qualifications, please see the Human Resources employment opportunities listing for more information. Applications are only accepted during specified periods. For additional information, contact the Human Resources Department at (804) 524-8749.

Career Specialty Opportunities


  • Crime Scene Technician Responsible for the examination of a crime scene for the purpose of discovery, identifying, recording, and preservation of physical evidence.
  • K9 Patrol dog used for criminal, evidence, drug detection and patrol work.
  • Major Accident Investigation Team Assigned the responsibility of investigating fatal or serious motor vehicle crashes and provides expert technical assistance to patrol in other motor vehicle crashes.
  • DARE Drug Abuse Resistance Education
  • Crime Prevention Officer Provides training and education to local businesses and citizens about crime prevention.
  • Public Information Officer Prepare and release information relating to police activities and crimes.
  • Crime Solvers give information through the news media about current crimes.
  • Honor Guard Represents the finest aspects of the department through custom and precision.