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Career Opportunities

The Roanoke Police Department is an equal opportunity employer. The entire employment selection process for all employees will take approximately three (3) to six (6) months.

*Contract required

Benefits (Police Officer):
  • Starting salary of $37,040.38 a year
  • Pay for authorized overtime
  • Paid leave, extended illness leave, family leave and military leave
  • Group life, medical, dental and long-term disability plans
  • Retirement: Combined age and years of service = 70, Minimum of 45 years old
  • 11 paid holidays

Application Process (Police Officer):
  • Written test given by the Department of Human Resources.
  • Agility test
  • Behavioral test for sworn applicants
  • Interview
  • Polygraph examination for sworn applicants and selected civilian applicants
  • Job related practical exercises as necessary
  • Oral review board
  • Background investigation
  • Conditional offer if you qualify
  • Psychological examination for sworn applicants
  • Medical examination
  • Hired if you qualify


The City of Roanoke requires those hired as a police employee must:
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 21 years of age (for sworn applicants)
  • Pass the written examination given by the City of Roanoke Department of Human Resources, which is valid for one year from date of test (for sworn applicants)
  • There is a two week waiting period for retesting of the written examination.
  • Vision Requirement: Standard 20/30 in the better eye, corrected
  • 20/40 in the worse eye, corrected
  • Be color proficient
  • Worse than 20/60, uncorrected, must correct with contact lenses or corrected goggles to 20/30 or greater in the better eye, or 20/40 or greater in the worse eye.
  • Disqualified if uncorrected vision is 20/200 or greater in both eyes
  • Be physically fit; height and weight must be in proportion for job assignment
  • Be a high school graduate or able to furnish documentary evidence of equivalency
  • Have a valid Virginia Driver’s License at time of hire (for sworn applicants)
  • Pass a background investigation
  • Pass a Polygraph examination for sworn applicants and selected civilian applicants
  • Good credit rating required
  • Successfully complete an Oral Review Board
  • Successfully complete psychological testing (for sworn applicants)
  • Comprehensive physical to include alcohol and drug screening
  • Sign a Special Condition of Employment Agreement requiring employees to maintain good overall physical condition and disallow smoking or using tobacco products at any time (for sworn applicants)
  • Pass agility test (for sworn applicants)
  • The entire application employment process will take approximately 3 to 6 months to complete.
  • Three year contract

Selection Process/Disqualifiers

The following is a listing of many of the primary factors which can disqualify a Police Department applicant.

Criminal Offenses:
  • Felony conviction
  • Conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude
  • Conviction of a class 1 or class 2 misdemeanor

Traffic Violations:
  • Conviction of driving under the influence, refusal of blood or breath analysis, reckless driving, failure to stop for police or any combination of hazardous driving convictions could be cause for rejection
  • A revocation or suspension of driving privileges will be reviewed on an individual basis

Drug Use:
  • Use of marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP or any type of illegal drug, improper use of prescription drugs prior to and during the application process
  • Illegal use of anabolic steroids in the past 12 months
  • Involvement in the illegal sales of drugs

  • Dishonorable discharge from a Military Service
  • Any other discharge less than unconditionally honorable shall be reviewed on an individual basis.
  • Untruthfulness, dishonesty or withholding of any information associated with the Applicant/ Selection process for police officer position with the City of Roanoke.
  • A poor credit history, indicating a possible lack of responsibility, shall be reviewed on a case by case basis. Debts due to medical emergencies shall be given appropriate consideration during the review.
  • Failure to appear for or cancel a scheduled appointment in a timely manner can be grounds for removal of the applicant from the Applicant/ Selection process.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 24 hours prior the scheduled appointment.
  • Unless otherwise posted, applicants can reapply unless previously disqualified.