The Mission of the Fairfax County Police Department is to prevent and fight crime.
Ethical Leadership through engagement with the community to:
Prevent and fight crime
Provide a culture of safety at work and in the community which preserves the sanctity of all human life
Keep pace with urbanization
Additional Information for Applicants
Now Hiring for 2021!
We are currently hiring for our 2021 academy!
If you are hired, you will attend a non-resident police academy for six months (Monday – Friday) from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Generally, an applicant is hired approximately 2 - 4 weeks prior to the start of the academy; but earlier hire dates have been granted on a case by case basis and left to the Commander’s discretion.
As a Police Officer I, you may work a varied shift schedule:
Day shift: 5:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Evening shift: 1:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Midnight shift: 7:30 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.;
Work days alternate weekly. (1st week, Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 2nd week Wednesday and Thursday).
For specific information about positions, please view the pages below.
The background process for the position of police officer is comprised of an application and personal history statement completion and review, polygraph exam, physical ability test, medical, psychological, interview and comprehensive background investigation. There is no written entrance exam. The entire background process generally takes 4 months from date of application to case completion and we do our best to consolidate phases of the process to accommodate out of state applicants.
For specific information, please view the position pages via the links below.
Our current salary (FY2021) for the position of police officer is $53,969.
This figure is the base salary only and does not take into consideration any "preferred qualifications" you may have, including prior military or law enforcement training and experience, foreign language proficiency, and college degree (Associates and higher).
We give an additional 5% salary step increase for every preferred qualification you have, subject to review to determine you meet the conditions of a salary increase.