City of Harrisonburg, Virginia
Police Officer Employment Information
for the position of Police Officer with the City of Harrisonburg must
first submit a completed Application,
Personal History Statement, Authorization for Release of Information
Form, and all required supporting data to the City of Harrisonburg Human
Resources Department, 345 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia
of Harrisonburg may test as needed for the position of
police officer. The testing will be open to applicants who have
submitted the completed application, personal history statement,
authorization for release of information form, and all required
supporting data. This testing process will include steps listed
Applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the time of their
appointment to an officer position.
Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of the
equivalent education obtained from other qualified sources. In other
cases, the decision of the Virginia State Board of Education is
provision of reasonable accommodation, must be able to meet the
physical standards of the job
license: Applicant must possess or be able to obtain a valid
Virginia driver’s license. Applicant must also have a good driving
Must be a citizen of the United States of America.
process consists of the following steps. An applicant may be
removed from further consideration after any step.
- Screening for Eligibility
- Educational Proficiency Test
- Physical Fitness and Weapons Agility
- Polygraph Test
- Background Investigation
- Successful completion of a physical
examination and drug screening.
- Panel Interview
- Ranking of most highly qualified
pass each step in order to move on to the next step.
Failure to pass any step automatically disqualifies the applicant from
Those most Highly Qualified candidates that are not hired at this time
will be placed on a waiting list for a period of one year and hired as
openings become available. If openings do not become available
within one year, the process will start over with new testing.
Schedule: The typical workday consists of a twelve (12) hour shift.
These shifts run from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 7:00
a.m. Within each fourteen (14) day period, the officer will work 84
hour days. The work schedule is on a rotating tour basis and is
subject to change at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
Equipment: All uniforms and equipment ($75.00 shoe allowance) will
be furnished by the City of Harrisonburg.
Training during the probationary period (1 year) is both on the job
and at a training facility. Formal training at the Central
Shenandoah Criminal Justice Training Center must be successfully
completed or else the officer will be terminated. The probationary
period of 12 months does not include time spent at the academy.
Salary: as of
January 1, 2003, the entry-level salary for Police Officer I is
$26,582 per year. Upon completion of the Police Academy and
applicable training period, advancement will be made to the Police
Officer II level ($29,224).
experience officers: Police officers certified in the state of
Virginia may be hired at an advanced rate of pay based on their
years of service. Experienced officers from other states will be
dealt with on a case by case basis.
Leave: Vacation leave is accrued by all City employees at the
of Service / Hours Per Month
through 5 years -----------------------------------------8
years but less than 10 years ----------------------10
years but less than 15 years ---------------------12
years but less than 20 years ----------------------14
years or more --------------------------------------------16
Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 10 hours per month, no matter
how many years of service an employee has.
offered by the City includes: Military leave, civil leave, funeral
leave, shared leave and family and medical leave.
City provides 10 1/2 holidays each year.
Insurance: The City provides a health insurance program. The City
pays 56% of the monthly health insurance premium.
All officers are enrolled in the State Law Enforcement Officers
Retirement System (Part of the Virginia Retirement System) as a
condition of employment. The City pays 100% of the cost of
Retirement Health Benefits: The City supplements the cost of health
insurance for employees who retire with 15 or more years of service.
The City pays up to 60% of the costs of the health insurance
Insurance: Term life insurance is provided by the Virginia
Retirement System. The City pays 100% of the life insurance premium.
Insurance: The City also provides employees with the following
optional insurance plans: Additional life insurance, cancer
insurance and accident insurance.
Benefits: The City provides employees with the opportunity to
participate in the following employee benefits: Flexible spending
accounts, deferred compensation, and Credit Union.
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