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Consider Joining the FCPD


            He was a 50-year-old financially successful international salesman for a major telecommunications firm when he decided he wanted something more out of life.

            Another ran his own gas station and was a Boston restaurateur when he joined the force at age 39 despite his family’s deep concern for his safety.

            She was a 31-year-old psychology major, working in the field of medicine, but she’d always felt a tug in her heart towards public service. Today, she’s set to begin the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy on March 25.

            Like thousands before them, these Fairfax County Police (FCPD) officers and candidates hail from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages. The FCPD looks for candidates like these; honest, hard-working, diligent individuals who’ve heard the call to public service and decided to answer it.

            The Fairfax County Police is now hiring and is accepting resume submissions for upcoming academy sessions later in 2013 and 2014.

            While some officer candidates have backgrounds in criminal justice or security areas, many do not. According to Robert Fitzpatrick, Director of Personnel, “The FCPD is comprised of 1,400 sworn men and women and the agency is making strides towards diversity so we’ll more accurately reflect the residents we serve; ethnically diverse, educated, and technology-savvy. In fact, our most recent qualification under the category of “preferred job requirements” is for candidates to be fluent in Spanish, Korean or Vietnamese. These languages are pivotal in conducting law enforcement duties in Fairfax County,” he said.

            Upon successful completion of a thorough background investigation, Fairfax County officer candidates undergo a rigorous six month training period at the Criminal Justice Academy. Complete with its own driver training track, classrooms, and firing range, the facility offers trainees all they’ll need to perform the job out on the streets. Afterwards, new officers are paired with a field training officer for an additional three months; learning on the job from those with years of experience, wisdom, and advice.

            Many officers enjoy working in the field of patrol for their entire careers; answering 9-1-1 calls for police service and assisting residents in need. Others, however, are attracted to the many specialty units within the FCPD and compete for spots on squads such as: computer forensics, crisis negotiations, fugitive apprehensions, language support, motorcycles, K-9, financial crimes, criminal investigations, or electronic surveillance.

            Learn more about the Fairfax County Police Department. To apply, visit the FCPD’s Employment Opportunities web page. Currently, the agency is accepting applications for both Police Officer I and Police Cadet positions.




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