Candidate Selection Process

STEP 1: 

 Once Human Resources receives your application it will be forward to the police department for review to make sure you meet basic qualifications. Qualified applicants will receive an email inviting them to complete a personal history statement, sign release waivers, and upload required documents.

  • Personal History Statement / Release Waivers / Personal Documents

Candidates will receive instructions to setup an on-line account to complete a Personal History Statement (PHS), sign authorizations & release waivers, and upload documents for review. Candidates must complete and submit the requested information to proceed in the selection process.

  • Police Officer Selection Test

Applicants will take the National Police Officer Selection Test (POST).  This is an entry-level test designed to measure basic skills – reading, writing, and arithmetic – that are important for successfully learning and performing an entry-level, law enforcement position.  The Post is a timed test (one hour and 15 minutes) divided into four sections – Arithmetic, Reading Comprehension, Grammar, and Incident Report Writing.  Study Guides for Applicants are available for $4 through Standards & Associates

  • Physical Agility & Fitness Test

The test is based on the Virginia LAWFIT Work Performance Test and consists of various job related physical activities. These activities are set out in an obstacle course design and conducted continuously from start to finish.  This is a PASS/FAIL test and is used as an additional determining factor in evaluating you as an applicant.  The test must be completed within one minute and thirty-six seconds.  

STEP 2: Interview


Applicants who are selected to proceed in the process will participate in an oral panel interview with members of the Charlottesville Police Department to assess their qualifications for employment with our agency.  Interviews are scored and those ranked higher will move forward in the process.  Applicants will be fingerprinted and photographed during this phase.  

STEP 3: Background Investigation


The background investigation evaluates your personal history to determine if you meet the high standards and qualifications needed to serve the Charlottesville Community.  You must pass this phase to proceed to the next step of the selection process.  

STEP 4: Conditional Offer of Probationary Employment


The purpose of this agreement is to extend to the applicant a conditional offer of employment.  The applicant must complete additional steps and conditions before being approved for hire.  A final offer of employment will be extended to the applicant only after you have satisfied all the requirements established by the department.


The remaining qualification steps are required to become a probationary police officer.  These steps may not necessarily be completed in the order listed below.  

STEP 5: Polygraph Examination


Applicants will be given a polygraph examination (lie detector test) administered by a trained, licensed examiner.  The test will confirm information noted on the applicant’s Personal History Statement.

STEP 6: Psychological Examination


Applicants must pass a written exam and interview with a licensed psychologist

STEP 7: Medical Examination


Applicants will undergo a complete medical exam to determine if they have optimal health and fitness for the job demands.  This examination will include a drug screen test.

STEP 8: Final Job Offer


Additional Information: If you have an interest in employment opportunities with the Charlottesville Police Department, please email the Hiring & Recruiting Office or call 434-970-3372.