Military Transition

​The Virginia Beach Police Department recognizes the benefits of hiring veterans, retirees and reservists.

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With VBPD, You Can ​Transition from Serving Your Country to Serving Your Community

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If you're transitioning out of the military and interested in continuing your career in law enforcement, you're likely considering opportunities provided by the particular agency, the quality and features of the surrounding community and starting pay as important factors. Those who are still serving in the reserves are entitled to 120 hours/year of military leave to utilize for military related duty. 


Approximately 1/3 of our sworn officers have served in the military or are currently serving as reservists. Because of the paramilitary nature of police work, many veterans have found the transition into a career as a police officer to be easier than a transition into other professions.


Per Virginia Beach city code, sworn police officers do face a mandatory retirement age at 65 years of age. But, unlike many other law enforcement agencies our department does not have an age “cut-off” for applicants. This allows those who have served in the military for 20 or even 30 years, to explore a second career within our department.

Veterans' Benefits​​

  • Veterans who have served in the military and have been hired as Police Recruits are eligible for Education and On-the-Job/Apprenticeship training (OJT/APP) benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs for up to 24 months.
  • The Virginia Beach Police Department has an Officer assigned as the VA Coordinator/School Certifying Official and is responsible for assisting with the submission of all necessary paperwork. The VA Coordinator serves as the primary liaison between the Police Department and the Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • This institution is approved to offer GI Bill® educational benefits by the Virginia State Approving Agency.
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