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    Recruiting FAQs

    Are we hiring?

    As of March 17, 2010 the Lynchburg Police Department is once again accepting employment applications for the positions of Police Recruit. The filling of vacancies will be on a case-by-case basis and must be approved by the City Manager. 

    How long does the hiring process take?

    For successful applicants, the hiring process can take three months to over a year, depending upon when the application is received, police academy start dates, and the number of anticipated vacancies. The Lynchburg Police Department has a multi-staged process that has proven to be effective for our agency. We administer the written test, have initial interviews, and conduct oral review boards on a monthly basis. After the application process and if you are offered employment, you will attend the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy located in Lynchburg. The academy lasts approximately 23 weeks and you are paid a full salary with benefits while attending. Virginia certified officers might be exempt from attending the academy. Officers will be placed with a Police Training Officer (PTO) for 11 weeks once you complete the academy. 

    When and where do you give the written test?

    The written test is administered monthly at the Lynchburg Police Department's West Building, located at 805 Court Street Lynchburg.

    Do I still have to take your test if I have taken one for another department?

    Yes, we do not share or obtain written test results from other police departments.

    What are the stages of the hiring process?

    There are several stages of the application process. The stages are listed below.

    • Stage 1
      Submit on-line application to the Lynchburg Police Department
      Submit personal history statement
      Written Test
    • Stage 2
      Preliminary Background Check (DMV, Criminal History and Credit History)
      Oral Review Board
      Background Investigation
    • Stage 3
      Applicant Review by Command Staff
      Conditional Offer of Employment
    • Stage 4
      Post Conditional Offer Processing
      Physical Agility Test
      Psychological Evaluation
      Medical Examination
      Sign Employment Paperwork

    What is the policy on re-application?

    If you have reviewed our hiring requirements and feel you met our standards, you may apply for employment with our agency.  If you have been disqualified from our process, it is possible you may reapply at a later time. Each case is reviewed on the individual factor(s) as to why the applicant was removed from the process. Depending on the reason for removal, reapplication may be an option. Applicants that have been removed from the employment process may wish to consult with Personnel & Recruitment staff to determine if reapplication will suit their best interests.

    Will prior drug use disqualify me?

    An arrest for a drug related offense will make you an ineligible candidate.  Experimental drug use may be a disqualifer depending on the circumstances.  We evaluate all experimental drug use on a case-by-case basis.

    How old do I have to be to qualify as a police officer?

    The minimum age to become a Lynchburg Police Officer is 20 ½ years old. There is no maximum age.

    Do I have to have college credits or a college degree?

    Even though college education can be an asset, it is not required to apply.

    Where is the Personnel & Recruitment Office located?

    Our Personnel & Recruitment Office is located in the West Building at 805 Court Street in Lynchburg. You may contact us at (434) 455-6048.

    Where can I get an application?

    You may apply online by visiting the Lynchburg Employment Opportunities web page.

    Is there a fee to apply?

    The Lynchburg Police Department does not charge a fee for the application process.

    Is there lateral movement from one law enforcement agency to another?

    The Lynchburg Police Department does not have a lateral entry program; however, we do recognize the value of prior law enforcement experience and may adjust your starting salary to a higher rate.

    How do I get promoted within the Police Department?

    For officers to be promoted, or transferred into a specialized unit, they must go through a competitive process that involves written tests, interviews, assessment centers, and performance evaluations.  Promotions and transfers to specialized assignments are made based on the results obtained through that competitive process.  Specialized assignments include:  Crime Prevention; School Resource Officer, Criminal Investigator, Street Crimes Unit, Gang Unit, Bike Patrol, K-9 Unit, Tactical Unit, Crisis Negotiator, Traffic Unit, Personnel Specialist, Crime Analyst, and Evidence Technician.

    What may disqualify me from being hired?

    There are many things that may terminate your application process. These include (but are not limited to):

    • Failing any of the required tests for employment
    • Failing to attend any scheduled test or appointment in the process
    • Misdemeanor arrests or activities
    • Poor driving record - poor driving history
    • Any false or misleading information in your application paperwork
    • Any criminal conviction involving lying, cheating, or stealing
    • Drug use and/or distribution
    • Erratic work history
    • Inability to be a team player
    • History of lack of motivation

    What will disqualify me from the hiring process?

    • Felony drug usage (Methamphetamine, Heroin, Ecstasy, etc)
    • Conviction or commission of a felony
    • Conviction of Misdemeanor Domestic Violence
    • Minus 5 points on driving record

    What kind of shifts do officers work?

    New Police Officers will start their training in the Field Operations Bureau. Most Field Operations Officers work 12 hour shifts which rotate every six weeks between daylight and midnight hours with every other weekend off. There are some positions that work a Monday - Friday 8-10 hour cycle as well.

    For more information, contact LPD Personnel and Recruitment:

    (434) 455-6048

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