Last Updated: 2009-11-15


I have submitted an application online. When will I be contacted?

This may vary depending on the number of current vacancies and the date of the next scheduled police academy. Applicants are kept abreast of their hiring status through regular updates to their online application account. Please check your email regularly to check your status. Also be sure to check your spam folder as well.

I have scheduled a date for testing, but I can no longer attend on that date. Do I have options?

Yes, you may reschedule for the next available testing date. Please contact Police Personnel at 804-646-6733 to reschedule. If you fail to attend a scheduled testing without notification to Police Personnel, your application will no longer be considered active.

How long does testing take?

This will vary depending on the number of applicants who are testing on that particular date. However, expect to be at the testing facility for approximately 4-6 hours.

I have completed testing. What happens next?

If you passed all phases of testing, your application will be assigned to a Background Investigator. This is a sworn Detective within the Police Personnel Division. You will be contacted to schedule a background interview within two weeks of your testing date.

How long does the background investigation take?

The background investigation process is very extensive. Information is obtained from multiple sources; including all former/current employers, personal references, credit reporting bureaus, civil / criminal court systems, military agencies and other sources in an effort to determine a candidate’s suitability for the position. The average background will take approximately 3 months dependent upon the timeliness of the information being submitted.

I passed the background investigation and was not hired for the next Academy Class. What is the status of my application?

Your application will remain active, and you will be considered for the next Academy class. However, once a year lapses we require you pass another fitness test and polygraph examination to be eligible for hire.

If I am not hired and am no longer under consideration, does the Richmond Police Department notify me?

Yes. You will receive a written correspondence through the mail informing you of our decision.

If I have any questions during the process, who do I contact?

Please check your application account status online first. Once your application has been assigned to a Background Investigator, that Detective will remain your point of contact. For all other inquiries, please contact the Police Personnel Division at: 804-646-6733.

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