Police Officer I - Accepting Applications

Alexandria, VA
$54,698.28 - $96,899.66 Annually
Mar 22, 2023
Apr 14, 2023
Full Time
Police Officer I - Accepting Applications

(Please use this posting to submit an application for the Police Officer I)

Overview and Job Duties
  • Patrols a designated area of the City on foot, on a radio-equipped motorcycle, or in a radio-equipped car to preserve law and order, to prevent and discover the commission of crime, to direct traffic and to enforce motor vehicle operation and parking regulations;
  • Answers calls and complaints involving fire, automobile accidents, robberies, neighborhood disturbances and other misdemeanors and felonies;
  • Secures the scene of a crime, administers first aid, conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses and makes arrests;
  • Testifies as a witness in court in connection with arrests and citations;
  • Administers first aid at the scene of automobile accidents, interviews witnesses, gathers information and prepares detailed accident reports;
  • Interviews persons with complaints and inquiries, attempts to make proper disposition, or directs them to proper authorities;
  • Gives advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public;
  • Conducts investigations of vice and narcotics activities, investigates reports of stolen automobiles and property stolen from automobiles, and conducts follow-up investigations of homicides and thefts;
  • Covers an assigned beat with primary emphasis on traffic law enforcement and provides specialized traffic control services in connection with parades and similar public events;
  • Investigates charges of fraud, forgery, embezzlement and bad checks;
  • Processes crime scenes;
  • Maintains evidence and other property;
  • Recruits applicants for police positions;
  • Investigates cases of runaways, assaults, larcenies, burglaries, sex involving juveniles, child neglect and abuse, and vandalism;
  • Provides back-up to Emergency Communications Technicians;
  • Conducts foot patrol and building searches, and tracks wanted persons as a K-9 official;
  • Responds to domestic trouble and civil dispute cases;
  • Investigates homicides, suicides, felonious assault and all sex-related cases when assigned as an investigator in the Criminal Investigations Division;
  • Educates the public in crime prevention;
  • Attends regular training classes in police methods, first aid, target practice and related subjects;
  • Keeps informed with respect to persons of known bad character and places of questionable legality within an assigned area;
  • Maintains records and prepares reports;
  • Performs related work as required.

About the Department
The City of Alexandria Police Department is a nationally recognized and accredited law enforcement agency providing services to a diverse community. A group of talented professionals, the Alexandria Police Department is a dedicated team of people who, in partnership with the community, work to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for our residents, merchants, and visitors. We are a diverse organization, reflecting Alexandria's various cultures and offering many different career and promotional opportunities. To learn more about APD please click here . If you are curious for a broader view of our City government click here

Minimum & Additional Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; one year of work experience involving public contact under varying circumstances; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Employees must possess a valid driver's license issued by the state of their residence. Candidates for this class are required to meet the minimum age and medical standards as established by the Human Resources Department. Good character and background are essential requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

Four-Year College Degree or equivalent work-related experience.


Pre-registration is not necessary for the written exam. You must bring your driver's license, social security card, and proof of U.S. Citizenship (and a copy of each) in order to take the exam. Study guides and/or materials are not provided.

An application for this position will be supplied upon successful completion of the written exam. Pending exam dates are listed below. Registration for the written examination is not required.

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment testing to include: Written Examination, Mandatory Orientation, Background Questionnaire, Review Panel, Polygraph Examination, Background Investigation, Police Chief Interview, Psychological Examination, Medical Examination, Drug Screen, and Driver License Check. Successful completion of a body art screening process is required of all applicants.




  • Evidence that the applicant has willfully provided false or misleading information during the application or screening process, either orally or in writing.

  • As an adult, being convicted of a felony crime.
  • As an adult, being convicted of any crime felony or misdemeanor involving perjury, false statements or a crime of moral turpitude.
  • As an adult, commission of an unreported felony crime during the three year period immediately preceding the date of application.
  • Convicted of a crime of domestic violence.
  • Recent or ongoing affiliation with, and/or support of, an organization or group which advocates the violent overthrow of the United States government, or whose professed goals are contrary to the interests of public safety.
  • Illegal use of a controlled substance within one year of applying will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Illegal use of a controlled substance through injection into the body at any time.
  • As an adult, a pattern of illegal drug use within the previous year of applying that indicates ongoing, regular or recreational illegal use of a controlled substance.
  • As an adult, the selling, production or financing the production, sale or distribution of illegal controlled substances, or the obtaining of such substances through illegal use of a prescription(s).


Termination from or disciplinary action in any employment within five years from the time of application for misconduct, ethics violations, criminal conduct, falsification orally or in writing, or a matter of moral turpitude.
You must be at least 20 years old, a U.S. citizen or naturalized citizen and be able to provide proof of each prior to being allowed into the testing site.

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