Qualifications & Requirements

​Do yo​u qualify to be a Virginia Beach police officer?

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Requirements:

Age

  • ​​​Must be 20 years old to applypencil.jpg
  • Must also reach 21st birthday before completing the academy​ 
  • Sworn police officers do face mandatory retirement at age 65

​Education

  • Must be a high school graduate (or hold a GED) at minimum

Other Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must be eligible to obtain a Virginia or North Carolina driver's license
  • Must sign agreement to avoid using tobacco products on or off duty
  • Must maintain an acceptable fitness level​

Automatic Disqualifiers:

Applicants will NOT be considered if they meet any of the factors listed below:

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HISTORY

DRIVING
HISTORY

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​OTHER

Conviction, guilty plea or no contest plea of any felony. Any conviction, guilty plea or no contest plea of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, or leaving the scene of an accident within the last 5 years.Sale of any drug listed in the drug standards and schedules set forth in Virginia Code §54.1-3443 et seq. without a valid license authorizing sale of specified drugs. Any other distribution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. ​​Dishonorable discharge from any military service
Conviction, guilty plea, or no contest plea of any misdemeanor sex offense, including but not limited to sexual battery under Virginia Code §18.2-67.4 or consensual sexual intercourse with a minor 15 or older under clause (ii) of Virginia Code §18.2-371 or any crime requiring registration in the Virginia Sex Offender Registry. Unlawful use or possession of any illegal drug, including but not limited to heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, methamphetamine, etc. or any derivative thereof (except marijuana) within the last 5 years. Dishonesty or intentional witholding of information on any application, interview or paperwork associated with the position
Conviction, guilty plea, or no contest plea of domestic assault under Virginia Code §18.2-57.2 or any offense that would be domestic assault under the laws of another state or the United States. Illegal use or possession of anabolic steroids within the last three (3) years. Intentional failure to follow the directions outlined in the testing process or relying on others to complete any portion of the testing process.
Conviction, guilty plea, or no contest plea of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, including but not limited to petit larceny under Virginia Code §18.2-96 or any offense involving moral turpitude that would be a misdemeanor if committed in the Commonwealth. Illegal use or possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the previous twelve (12) months.
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