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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 to $54,075


We are currently accepting applications for Recruit and Certified Police Officers through April 28th, 2023. The online job application for both position can be found here

Hiring Process Schedule

Written Testing (WT) - There will be multiple opportunities to take the written test. Recruit applicants must attend a written test session. Once your application has been received, someone will reach out to you to schedule your written test. 

Oral Review Board - Will be scheduled at applicants convenience after completing the written test. 
Background Investigations - Background investigations will be assigned to top candidates after the completion of the oral review board. 
Physical and Psychological (MMPI) Screenings - Can begin as early as May 1st, 2023 and will be scheduled at the applicants convenience. 

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.
  • 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

    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.