Candidate Selection Process

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Submit an Online Application to Human Resources

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.