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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For information about the Department’s accountability and use of force policy, please click the below link to be redirected to the Department’s Accountability and Use of Force FAQ page.

https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/police/Pages/PDfaq.aspx

How do I sign up for a Ride-Along?

Click here for more information about the Ride-Along program and how to apply.

How long is the Academy and where is it located?

The Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy is located in Nokesville, VA, and is 24 weeks long.  The Academy is a commuter academy with general operating hours of 0655 hours -1530 hours, although occasional evening training is required.

When does the Academy session start?

The Prince William County Police Department holds two academy sessions per year that start in January and July.

How long is the Field Training Officer Program after you complete the Academy?

The Field Training Officer (FTO) Program is 45 working days.  This equates to about three months with the patrol work schedule. Officers are released to solo duty once successfully completing the FTO program. Prince William County officers do not ride in pairs.

What is the patrol work schedule like?

The patrol work schedule is five days on, five days off, five days on, four days off, five days on, four days off…and repeat.  We have permanent non-rotating shifts.  Our dayshift is 0700-1700 hours, evening shift is 1600-0200 hours and our midnight shift is 2100-0700 hours.  Once you are assigned a shift, it is permanent unless you request a transfer to a different shift.

How many stations do you have and where are they located?

We have three main police stations, separated by districts:

  • Eastern District Station, 15948 Donald Curtis Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191
  • Western District Station, 8900 Freedom Center Boulevard, Manassas VA 20110
  • Central District Station, 5036 Davis Ford Road, Woodbridge, VA 22192

There are also other police office locations throughout the County, that house different police services such as the Records Bureau, Police Personnel, and the Academy.

When can you go into a specialized unit?

You can submit a request for consideration when there is a vacancy announcement advertised within the Department. There is no minimum years of service requirement to be accepted, although experience is a factor in the final selection.

What kind of retirement do you have?

Prince William County participates in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), with full retirement at 25 years of service and 50 years of age for sworn officers.

I am a police officer from another jurisdiction. How will I be compensated for my experience?

Police officers with prior service may be eligible to receive a higher starting salary than entry-level police officers who have no previous experience. Prince William County uses a tenure-based pay scale for the Police Department based on years of service. The starting salary of new police officers with prior experience is determined based on credited years of service.  We use the following to determine your credit for experience:

  • Prior police officers with the Prince William County Police Department will receive 100% credit for all relevant years of County sworn service.
  • Officers with prior police experience outside of Prince William County, but who are certified as a Virginia Law Enforcement Officer in another Virginia locality, may receive up to 60% credit for years of service.
  • Officers with prior police experience as a certified law enforcement officer from another state or federal government may receive up to 50% credit for years of service.

The starting salary offered will be the base amount associated with your credited years of experience. A link to the FY21 Police Department pay scale can be found here.

All prior state or federal certified officers from outside Virginia are required to attend the full Academy.  Virginia certified officers are normally not required to attend the full Academy unless there are extraordinary circumstances.

Please email the police recruiters at [email protected] for further information.

 

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