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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

Hiring Process Schedule

Physical Agility (PA) and Written Testing (WT) - There will be multiple opportunities for the physical agility assessment and the written test. Recruit applicants must attend a physical agility assessment and written test session. 

The Physical Agility Assessment the Williamsburg Police Department uses is the Cooper Law Enforcement Standards. This assessment consists of a 1.5 mile run, 300 meter run, and max sit-ups and push-ups in one minute. 

Oral Review Board - TBD
Background Investigations - TBD
Physical and Psychological (MMPI) Screenings - TBD

Upon hire, all recruit officers will attend the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy, located in Newport News, VA. The next academy class beings in July of 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 Phone: : 911

News & Information

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