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Police Officer Employment Overview 

There are two different paths to becoming a police officer with the City of Williamsburg Police Department:


  • Police Officer (Recruit): $48,000
  • Police Officer (Certified): $51,500


We are currently accepting applications for Recruit and Certified Police Officers. The online job application for both position can be found here

Recruit applications will be accepted through October 16, 2022. Certified applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Hiring Process Schedule

A tentative schedule for the hiring process is below. Once all applications have been received, applicants will receive a final schedule detailing date, time, and location for all testing. 

Applications close for Recruit Positions - October 16, 2022 
Physical Agility Testing - October 17 - 22, 2022
Written Test - October 24 - 29, 2022 
Oral Review Board - November 7 - 11, 2022  
Background Investigations - November 14 - December 7, 2022 
Physical and Psychological (MMPI) Screenings - December 8 - December 16, 2022

Academy Training

Upon hire, all recruit officers will attend the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy, located in Newport News, VA. The next academy class beings mid-January 2023. For more information about our regional academy, visit

For any questions related to our hiring process, please contact Major Nichols at or 757-259-7217.

  1. Benefits
  2. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  3. Minimum Qualifications
  4. Physical Demands
  • Career Development Program.
  • Paid in-service and specialized training.
  • Take home car program. 
  • 26 Pay periods per year - every other Friday. Comp/Overtime paid according to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
  • Uniforms/Equipment furnished by the City, with the exception of belt and socks.
  • Retirement paid by the City (Virginia Retirement System).
  • Tuition Refund Program available with a "C" or better for undergraduate and a "B" or better for graduate work.
  • Participation in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS).
  • Life insurance provided (annual salary rounded to the nearest thousand doubled).
  • Health Insurance supplemented by the City, with Dental and Prescription plan.
  • Sick leave earned at 1 day per month: 120 days maximum leave accumulation.
  • Discretionary Leave: 88 hours per year. Unused time paid in January.
  • Annual Leave - depending on years of service:
    • 0 to 5 years (12 days per year)
    • 5 to 10 years (15 days per year)
    • 10 to 15 years (18 days per year)
    • 15 to 20 years (19.5 days per year)
    • 20+ years (21 days per year)
  1. Professional Services Bureau

    Physical Address
    425 Armistead Avenue
    Williamsburg, VA 23185

    Phone: (757) 220-2331
    Fax: (757) 259-7204
    Emergency: 911

News & Information

The Williamsburg Police Department is currently hiring certified officers and police recruits.  Please apply online and complete the forms listed below.