Arlington County, Virginia
$60,352.50 - $102,121.50 Annually
Jun 14, 2022
Dec 31, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is seeking qualified Police Officers to join our team of over 460 employees who serve a diverse and engaged community by upholding the core principles of the department. ACPD welcomes motivated and service minded individuals who are committed to lifelong learning and who will uphold the values and core principles of the department. Our recruits perform responsible and challenging duties associated with community-based policing and include response to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service, preliminary criminal investigations, and special event planning.

Learn more about a career as a Police Officer with Arlington County .

Joining our team as a law enforcement officer has unique benefits and provides challenging opportunities:

  • Work in an engaged and diverse urban community and tourist destination just five miles from the heart of the nation's capital, in one of the most densely populated counties in the state of Virginia
  • Join one of our specialized divisions or units such as the K9 unit, motorcycle unit, tactical operations units such as SWAT and crisis negotiation, community and business outreach units, honor guard, and bicycle patrol
  • Serve in a wide variety of areas such as patrol, special and tactical operations, community engagement, investigations, training, and recruitment to help move the department forward in it's three key initiatives
  • Participate in additional training opportunities to advance your career and achieve goals as professional law enforcement officer
  • Collaborate with other regional, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community and region
  • Work a 15-day fixed shift as a patrol officer, with two weekends off per month
  • Earn additional pay for certifications and other specialty areas
All Arlington County Police Officers are eligible for County government employee benefits that includes health, dental, vacation and sick leave, commuter transportation subsidies, tuition reimbursement, as well as a generous retirement plan specifically for uniformed public safety officers.

Selection Criteria
Minimum Requirements: To participate in the Police Officer recruitment process, all candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Applicants must have completed at least 60 semester hours, or 90 quarter hours, of course work at an accredited college or university, with some exceptions as detailed below.
  • Age: Applicants must be at least 20 years and 6 months of age at time of application.
  • Other Requirements: Other additional and special minimum requirements may apply. Click here to view other requirements.
Education Requirement Substitutions: Prior law enforcement or military experience may substitute for the education requirement under the following conditions:

  • Law enforcement experience : One year of experience as a full time sworn law enforcement officer with a recognized local, state, or federal law enforcement agency. To be eligible for this substitution, candidates must have graduated from an accredited law enforcement academy, and this experience must be gained post-academy.
  • Military experience: Two years of full time, continuous, active-duty experience with the United States Military. To be eligible for this substitution, candidates must have received, or are eligible to receive, an honorable discharge.

Special Requirements
Selection Process: There is a multi-stage selection process to determine applicant eligibility to become an Arlington County Police Officer. A candidate must pass each stage of the selection process to be considered eligible for hire. These stages include:
  • Screening for minimum qualifications
  • Written examination
  • Character/background investigation including photographing and fingerprinting
  • Panel interview
  • Polygraph examination
  • Stress test / Chest X-ray
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Drug testing
  • Medical examination
Vaccination: Arlington County Government is committed to the health, safety, and wellness for all staff. In support of that commitment, all current and newly hired employees are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. For those qualified employees with a disability or sincerely held religious belief which prohibits them from receiving a vaccine, you will be able to contact the Office of Human Rights to request a reasonable accommodation. Adherence to this policy is a condition of employment.

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