Master Police Officer (Certified Police Officer)

City Of Norfolk, VA Norfolk , VA 23510

Posted 4 weeks ago


Currently Accepting Applications:

  • Virginia Certified Police Officers

  • Certified Police Officers outside Virginia, within the United States

City of Norfolk:

Norfolk is America's most authentic and urban waterfront city. Home to the world's largest naval station and the business, arts, and cultural center of Coastal Virginia, Norfolk has been rated a top place to live, work, play, and raise a family by numerous publications.

Norfolk Police

Norfolk Police Department (NPD) has a rich history of safeguarding lives, safeguarding property, preventing/investigating crime, and maintaining peace for the City of Norfolk. The department was established in 1797, covers 66 square miles, and protects over 244,000 residents.

Core Values of Norfolk Police:


  • Service, Honor, Integrity, Equality, Leadership, Diversity

Norfolk Police Academy Information:

  • Virginia Certified Police OfficersorCertified Police Officers outside Virginia, within the United States -will participate in an 8-week academy training program at the Norfolk Police Department Training Center. The academy, in addition to Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and NPD requirements,will provide legal, firearms, driving tactics and defensive tactics training.

Opportunities for Advancement:

  • In addition to annual pay increases authorized by the Norfolk City Council, Police Officers may be eligible for competitive career progression:

  • Master Police Officer, starting salary - $57,591

  • Police Sergeant, starting salary - $67,674

  • Police Lieutenant, starting salary - $83,085

  • Police Captain, starting salary - $93,487

  • Assistant Chief of Police, starting salary - $111,487

Essential Functions

Essential functions include, but are not limited to:

  • Performs the regular duties of an officer as well as specialized technical functions.

  • Enforce state and local laws.

  • Performs patrol duties and responds to calls for service.

  • Performs a variety of duties and tasks related to the protection of life, property, and the preservation of the constitutional rights of every citizen.

  • Conducts criminal and traffic investigations, field interviews, serves warrants, subpoenas and other court papers.

  • Issues summons and makes arrests, watches for criminal, suspicious, or hazardous situations and takes appropriate policy action as necessary.

  • Provides assistance and information to the public and assists in the prosecution of offenders. Maintains administrative requirements and provides public information.

  • Assists supervisor with administrative responsibilities. Conduct investigations, serve as lead officer in the absence of the supervisor, and assists with crime scene processing.

  • Provides guidance and directions to co-workers in the performance of duties.Serves on department committees and/or focus groups.

  • Must be able to perform the physical aspects and meet the requirements and tests prescribed by the City's Civil Service Commission.

  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


Work requires knowledge necessary to understand basic operational, technical or office processes. Level of knowledge equivalent to four (4) years of high school or equivalency.

Valid Driver's License.

U.S. Citizen (born or naturalized).

Must successfully pass all entry level testing and assessments.

Certified Police Officers:

  • Six (6) years of continuous service as a certified Police Officer.

  • DCJS certification.

  • Virginia Criminal Information Network (VCIN) certification.

  • National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) certification.

Additional Information & Requirements

Signing Bonus:

This position is eligible for a one-time $5,000 signing bonus. The signing bonus will be paid in two (2) increments: $2,500 upon completion of 60 days of employment, and $2,500 upon completion of your probationary period and/or recruit academy. To receive the signing bonus, you must be an active employee in good standing.

Application Process:

  • Master Police Officer applicants must submit a City of Norfolk online employment application with ALL required documents as outlined below.

  • Failure to include ALL of the required documents and/or certificates will result in your employment application being deemed incomplete and will not be given further consideration in the recruitment process.

  • Documents cannot be added to your employment application submittal after the application has already been submitted.

  • For any questions, please email

Police Recruiting.

  • ALL copies of certifications and licenses must be attached to your application *

  • Valid Driver's License.

  • Complete and recent (generated within 1 year of application date) Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) report from the state in which you are licensed. This report should show driving history. This needs to be a complete report, the end of the document should read, "This ends transmission" or "End of record."

  • CompletedAuthorization for Release of Information Form, via the provided link. This form must be notarized.

  • CompletedCredit Authorization Form,via the link provided. This form must be notarized.

  • Free Notarization Option:Please contact

Police Recruiting toset up an appointment to have your form notarized free of charge.

  • High school diploma or GED certification. Proof of a higher education diploma is also acceptable.

  • DD 214 long form that shows discharge information, if applicable (prior military only).

  • CompletedMilitary Waiver Form, via the link provided, if applicable (prior military only).

  • CompletedW2 Exemption Form Revised 5.04, via the provided link, from the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

  • Birth Certificate or valid U.S. Passport (for proof of citizenship.) Please see the below information if you were not born in the U.S.

  • If you are the child of a U.S. citizen parent and you were born outside of the United States, your citizenship depends on the law that was in effect when you were born. In most cases, you will need to show evidence that at least one of your parents was a U.S. citizen and lived in the United States or its possessions for a period of time. To obtain recognition of citizenship, you may attach one of the following documents to your employment application:

  • Form FS-240,Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form N-600), Certificate of Citizenship. For Naturalized or derivative citizens, please attach your Original Certificate of Naturalization, or Certificate of Citizenship.

Automatic Disqualifiers:

The following automatic disqualifiers will result in the immediate discontinuance of your employment application being processed:

Criminal Conduct:

  • Conviction of any felony.

  • Conviction of a misdemeanor hit and run.

  • Conviction of any offense involving moral turpitude, including, but not limited to,larceny, concealment, bad checks, embezzlement, fraud and/or perjury.

  • Conviction of domestic violence.

  • Conviction of any serious misdemeanor offense (class 1 or 2, excluding traffic offenses), or arrest for such an offense and provable voluntary admission of guilt within the past five years.

Driving Record:

  • Current drivers' license suspension.

  • Driver's license suspension for moving violationswithin12 monthsofsubmitting an application to the Department of Human Resources.

  • Conviction of drunk driving or driving under the influence within three years of submitting an application to the Department of Human Resources.

  • More than

  • 5 Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) demerit points at the date of application to the Department of Human Resources or anytime thereafter during the hiring process.
  • Conviction of driving on a suspended license or revoked license within five years of submitting an application to the Department of Human Resources.

Drug Usage:

  • Any illegal use of opiates (heroin, morphine, methadone, etc.) or any use of hallucinogens at any time (e.g., LSD, MDZ, etc.)

  • Excessive use of marijuana.

  • Any use of marijuana or hashish or illegal steroids within six (6) months before thedate of application to the Department of Human Resources or anytime thereafter during the hiring process.

  • Any illegal use of a drug or substance within six (6) months before thedate of application to the Department of Human Resources or anytime thereafter during the hiring process.

  • Any substantiated illegal act arising from the possession, sale, manufacture or distribution of any narcotic, controlled substance, or dangerous drug, as defined by state, or federal law, except the use of marijuana, which is evaluated on the frequency of use.


  • Dishonorable discharge from the military.

  • Bad conduct / Misconduct discharge from the military.


  • Any deceit or dishonesty in the application or examination process.

Overview of Screening Process:

Applicants must successfully complete the following steps.

  • Personal History Booklet - used to gather information of your personal history.

  • Physical Agility Test - events designed to simulate typical work-related situations, that require the ability to perform specific physical activities.

  • 1.5-mile run

  • 16 minutes maximum time
  • Obstacle Course

  • Recommended Training Program for Applicants

  • Psychological Examination - using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Test (MMPI), used to assess personality traits and psychopathology, provided at City expense.

  • Background Investigation - involves obtaining and verifying information related to prior employment, drug usage, personal and professional references and criminal records, DMV records and credit records.

  • Polygraph Examination - used to verify the background data disclosed in the Personal History Booklet and employment application, provided at City expense. Deception noted in the areas of the automatic disqualifiers may prevent further processing of your application.

  • Medical Examination - includes medical physical and drug screen, provided at City expense.

Tobacco Use:

Selected candidates will be required to sign an acknowledgement indicating that they will refrain from using tobacco products, both on and off-duty.

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