Police Officer


When you join the Fairfax County Police Department, you will have a career unlike any other. Officers use their training and experience to help prevent crime, conduct investigations and maintain order. Do you have what it takes to become a Fairfax County Police Officer?

Do you have what it takes?

To be considered for employment you must meet the following standards:

  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Uncorrected vision not worse than 20/200, provided there has been at least six months success wearing soft contact lenses. Without soft contact lenses, uncorrected vision cannot be worse than 20/100. In any case, vision must be correctable to 20/20.
  • At least 21 years of age at date of academy graduation and at least 20 years old at date of application.
  • High school graduate or possess a valid G.E.D. certificate recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Possess a valid operator’s license at time of appointment.
  • Illegal drug use will be reviewed with respect to recent use, type of drug and frequency of use.
  • Never been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor. Involvement in past criminal activity will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Good character and reputation
  • Ability to perform essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation
  • Prior to graduation from the academy, recruits must be able to perform 25 pushups, 30 sit-ups and run 1.5 miles.

What are the salary and benefits for police officers?

  • For information on employee benefits, see Employee Benefit Summary
  • All uniforms and equipment provided by Department
  • Police officer: $49,083 to $56,822 (Grade O17-2)

For further salary information please refer to the pay scale table for officers.

What is the career development path within the Fairfax County Police Department?

  • Officers are eligible for promotion to Police Officer First Class (O-18) after two years of satisfactory sworn service.
  • Promotion to Master Police Officer (O-19) is a competitive process open to PFC’s with five years of satisfactory service.
  • Promotion to a Police Sergeant (O-20) supervisory position is a competitive testing and assessment process.

What are the elements of the application process and how long does each take to complete?

  • Self-completion of Applicant Initital Screening Guide - 1 Hour
  • Polygraph- 3 hours
  • Psychological exam- 8 hours
  • Physical abilities test- 3 hours
  • Background interview- 4 hours
  • Medical exam- 4 hours
  • Entire background investigation- 8-12 weeks

Are there any special requirements?

Subsequent to a conditional job offer, applicants must:

  • Pass a comprehensive medical exam, including drug testing and vision standard.
  • Incumbents shall not use any tobacco products on and off duty starting at the time of appointment. The incumbent must be willing to sign a Condition of Employment Agreement acknowledging the prohibition of the use of tobacco products both on and off duty.

How do I apply?

For more information:

  • Applicants needing assistance or with additional questions regarding the application process may call the HR Central Application Center at 703-222-5872.
  • Applicants with questions about the selection process may call the Fairfax County Police Department Personnel Resources Division at 703-246-7560.

Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status or disabled veterans. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance; TTY 703-222-7314. Minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EEO/AA/TTY.


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