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 POLICE OFFICER - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$56035 - 94848
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Service/Skilled - Security
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2943481 / Latpro-3767665 
Date posted: Jan-01-2021
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$56,035.20 - $94,848.00 Annually


Arlington "METRO-accessible", VA

Job Type



Police Department

Job Number



12/31/2021 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

The Arlington County Police Department (ACPD) is seeking qualified Police Officers to join our team of over 460 employees who serve a diverse and engaged community by upholding the core principles of the department. ACPD welcomes motivated, service minded, and physically fit individuals who are committed to lifelong learning and who will uphold the values and core principles of the department. Our recruits perform responsible and challenging duties associated with community based policing and include response to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service, preliminary criminal investigations, special event planning, and school liaison.  Learn more about a career as a Police Officer with Arlington County .

Joining our team as a law enforcement officer has unique benefits and provides challenging opportunities:

  • Working in an engaged and diverse urban community, with a population in excess of 230,000 residents;
  • Joining one of our specialized divisions or units, such as special operations section, K9 unit, emergency response unit, crisis negotiation unit, school resource officers unit, or honor guard;
  • Serving in a wide variety of functional areas such as patrol, special and tactical operations, community resources, investigations, training, and recruitment;
  • Collaborating with other regional, state, and federal law enforcement agencies who are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our community and region;
  • Working 15-16 shifts per month, with scheduled breaks of 4-5 days;
  • Full health benefits, including a generous uniformed public safety retirement plan; and
  • Pay premiums for certifications and other specialty areas.
Candidates should review the following information on the ACPD's website before their scheduled written exam day:
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • Written exam information
  • Background packet information required to be submitted after passing written exam.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Candidates must have completed sixty semester hours or ninety quarter hours of college work at an accredited college or university, and be at least 20 years and 6 months of age at time of application. Additional requirements can be viewed  here.

Education substitution:

  • Prior law enforcement experience: One year post law enforcement academy experience as a full time sworn law enforcement officer with a recognized local, state or federal law enforcement agency.
  • Prior military experience: Two-years of full time, continuous active duty experience with the United States Military and have, or are eligible to receive, an honorable discharge. Candidates who test with the ACPD before discharge will be required to present an honorable discharge before hire.

Candidates qualifying for employment with a substitution will only be eligible for the Police Officer position. Candidates must complete sixty semester hours or ninety quarter hours of college work at an accredited college or university in order to compete for the positions of Corporal and above.

Special Requirements

There is a multi-stage examination process for the Police Officer position. A candidate must qualify on each part of the examination to be eligible for hire. These stages include:

  • Screening for minimum qualifications
  • Written test (if applicable)
  • Character/background investigation including photographing and fingerprinting
  • Physical agility test
  • Panel interview
  • Polygraph examination
  • Stress test / Chest X-ray
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Drug testing
  • Medical examination
On test day, each candidate must bring a driver's license, or other government ID with a picture and proof of age to the written examination session.
Additional Information

After you have submitted your employment application, it will be screened based on the minimum requirements in this announcement. If you successfully meet the selection criteria you will receive specific instructions by e-mail about self-scheduling yourself for an upcoming written examination. Written examinations are scheduled intermittently based on facility availability.

Upon successfully completing the written exam, candidates will be required to submit a completed background packet. This is a 20+ page comprehensive packet that will take significant time to complete and to obtain the required documents. A list of required documents and employment forms for the background packet is available here.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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