Benefits & Pay

VBPD offers competitive pay and benefits.

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  • ​Paid time off
  • Paid parental leave 6 weeks 
  • Court and jury leave
  • Family medical leave​​
  • Funeral Leave
  • 14 paid holidays - 11 holidays, 3 flex holidays
  • Military leave with pay​


  • Health, vision and dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA) or Health savings account
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-term care
  • Short- and long-term disability​
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)


  • Virginia Retirement System
  • Deferred Compensation​

​Additional Benefits:

  • Credit Union
  • Educational Incentives (Associate, Bachelor's, Master's or Higher)
  • Legal resources and identity theft protection
  • Longevity Incentives
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Veterans reemployment rights​
  • Veterans benefit (GI Bill) if qualified
  • Uniforms & equipment supplied


(As of July 1, 2022)

$48,571 Annual Salary During Police Academy

New police officer recruits are paid $48,571 while attending the 26-week police academy.

Annual Increases

City Council determines employee raises each year during the budget process. The amount of the increase varies. ​

Career Progression Increases

After three years, police officers may participate in an examination based on the departmental general orders and field guides. If successful, they will be promoted to Police Officer II and receive a 5% salary increase. A second career progression to Master Police Officer is available after three years as a Police Officer II (additional 10% salary increase), when workforce development requirements are met. 

COMMENSURATE SALARY FOR CERTIFIED Officers: The applicant's qualifications and experience will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine an appropriate commensurate entry point and starting salary.

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