The selection process takes approximately four to six months after the initial Police Officer application has been received. Applicants must successfully complete the following phases:
The selection process for civilian positions takes approximately two to four months, and includes some, but not all of the phases listed above.
We use an online application — rather than a resume — in our employment process for both sworn and civilian positions. Apply online.
Police officer candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:
The Prince William County Police Department requires all police officer applicants to successfully complete a Physical Fitness Test as part of the application process. Prince William County Police Department personnel will administer this test only after you have provided a completed medical examination form that includes a recent blood pressure measurement.
WEIGHT: You will be weighed before starting the test. This will be used for determining minimum acceptable standards for testing elements, as noted below.
STEP TEST: The first requirement for successful completion of the physical fitness test will be the successful completion of a 3-minute step test. The 3-minute step test is a preliminary cardiovascular screening technique that measures the heart rate in the recovery period following 3 minutes of stepping up and down on a 12-inch bench/step. The rate of stepping is 96 steps per minute, which must be maintained for the full 3 minutes. A 60-second heart rate will be taken beginning 5 seconds after the final step. The following rates are the minimum accepted rates:
The following elements comprise the Physical Fitness Test:
Please refrain from drinking coffee, soda, and energy drinks on the morning of the physical training test. These drinks contain a high content of caffeine and sodium that may elevate blood pressure and increase the risk of dehydration. Properly hydrate with water during the 24 hour time frame prior to the assessment. Avoid consuming too much water immediately before the assessment as this will cause nausea and bloating. It is recommended that you eat a light to moderate meal consisting of foods such as whole grain breads and cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes, and other vegetables an hour or two before your scheduled assessment. Click here to watch the Physical Fitness Test instructional video.