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.
The Prince William County Police Department holds two academy sessions per year that start in January and July.
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.
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.
We have three main police stations, separated by districts:
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.
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.
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.
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:
The starting salary offered will be the base amount associated with your credited years of experience. A link to the FY22 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.