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Entry Level

Police Officer

Starting your police career at the Fairfax County Police Department will set you up for success. As the largest police department in Virginia, no other agency can provide you with the amount of training, career advancement, or specialty unit opportunities as the FCPD. You will earn your full salary and contribute toward retirement throughout the 6-month Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy. Get a 5% starting pay increase (up to 25%) for each of the following: college degree, military service, foreign language proficiency, and prior law enforcement experience.


*Entry-level salary will be determined within pay grade based upon relevant preferred qualifications: college degree, prior law enforcement experience, military service, and foreign language proficiency up to $83,767.

  • Click on Apply Now to learn more about the qualifications and requirements for this position.

The entire hiring process can be completed in 3 to 4 months and consists of the following phases:

  • Initial Application
  • Personal History Questionnaire
  • Polygraph
  • Physical Abilities Test 
(View a video demo of the Physical Abilities Test)
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Exam
In-State

Lateral Officer

Are you looking to expand your law enforcement career options and salary? Virginia DCJS certified law enforcement officers may be eligible to attend our 4-week Direct to the Street Academy and can port eligible retirement plans, including VRS, into the Fairfax County Police Officers Retirement System. Certified officers get a 5% starting pay increase (up to 25%) for every two years of law enforcement experience, any military service, any college degree, and/or a foreign language proficiency. Lateral officers with 5 or more years of service may be eligible to be hired at the rank of Police Officer II.

  • Police Officer I pay range: $56,697 - $96,971*
  • Police Officer II pay range: $59,532 - $101,819**
  • Virginia DCJS certified Law Enforcement Officers with 5 or more years of experience should apply under the Police Officer II job classification.
  • All uniforms and equipment are provided by the department
  • View Fairfax County’s Employee Benefits Summary 

*Entry-level salary will be determined within pay grade based upon relevant preferred qualifications: college degree, prior law enforcement experience, military service, and foreign language proficiency up to $83,767.
**Entry-level salary will be determined within pay grade based upon relevant preferred qualifications: college degree, prior law enforcement experience, military service, and foreign language proficiency up to $87,955.

Click on Apply Now to learn more about the qualifications and requirements for this position.

The entire hiring process can be completed in 3 to 4 months and consists of the following phases:

  • Initial Application
  • Personal History Questionnaire
  • Polygraph
  • Physical Abilities Test 
(View a video demo of the Physical Abilities Test)
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Exam
Out-of-State & Federal

Lateral Officer

Officers from out-of-state and federal law enforcement agencies may be eligible for our Out-of-State Lateral Academy. This in-service style training is only eight weeks long and allows you to bring your previous law enforcement experience to Fairfax County. Lateral officers get a 5% starting pay increase (up to 25%) for every two years of law enforcement experience, any military service, any college degree, and/or foreign language proficiency.


*Entry-level salary will be determined within pay grade based upon relevant preferred qualifications: college degree, prior law enforcement experience, military service, and foreign language proficiency up to $83,767.

  • Click on Apply Now to learn more about the qualifications and requirements for this position.

The entire hiring process can be completed in 3 to 4 months and consists of the following phases:

  • Initial Application
  • Personal History Questionnaire
  • Polygraph
  • Physical Abilities Test 
(View a video demo of the Physical Abilities Test)
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Exam
Pre-Academy Experience

Police Cadet

If you are interested in a police career and are between the ages of 17-½ and 20, consider becoming a Fairfax County Police Cadet. Police Cadets get on-the-job training while supporting mission-critical operations at patrol stations and at police headquarters. Police Cadets can go through an expedited hiring process when they apply to become a Fairfax County Police Officer.

  • Police Cadet pay range: $15.04 - $25.07 Hourly
  • All uniforms and equipment are provided by the department
  • View Fairfax County’s Employee Benefits Summary
  • Non-Merit Benefit Eligible: scheduled to work a minimum 1,040 hours and no more than a maximum of 1,560 hours in a calendar year.

Click on Apply Now to learn more about the qualifications and requirements for this position.

The entire hiring process can be completed in 3 to 4 months and consists of the following phases:

  • Initial Application
  • Personal History Questionnaire
  • Polygraph
  • Physical Abilities Test 
(View a video demo of the Physical Abilities Test)
  • Background Investigation
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Medical Exam