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.
Minimum guidelines for police officers referenced in VA Code § 15.2-1705
Employment Drug Policy
The Prince William County Police Department maintains the following standards from date of application:
Illegal Drugs (drugs never prescribed for any legitimate medical purpose):
Prescription Drugs/Legally Obtained Substances:
The Prince William County Police Department requires all police officer applicants to complete a Physical Fitness Assessment as part of the application process. The assessment is not pass/fail, but is designed to gauge an applicants fitness level compared with established benchmarks to prepare you for the Academy and to aid in injury prevention. 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 assessment. This will be used for determining the benchmarks for the elements, as noted below.
STEP TEST: The first part of the physical fitness assessment will be 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 rates:
The following elements comprise the Physical Fitness Assessment:
Please refrain from drinking coffee, soda, and energy drinks on the morning of the physical training assessment. 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 Assessment instructional video.