Be a part of one of the nation’s premier campus law enforcement agencies at VCU Police. With more than 99 sworn officers, 200 security personnel, and an on-campus dispatch center advancing an “all-out community policing” mission in the heart of Richmond, VCU Police offers exciting opportunities for law enforcement careers in a dynamic urban setting. VCU Police serves two campuses and a diverse population of more than 50,000 students, faculty and staff. The department has a large patrol division trained to patrol on bike, on foot or in vehicles, as well as community policing, investigations, security and special operations divisions.

If you are interested in applying for the next academy class, please monitor this page and VCU Police Facebook for information on the next academy class.


VCU Police offers our officers competitive starting salaries and a generous package of state benefits, including a tuition waiver for officers wishing to pursue higher education. Benefits include:

  • Starting salary range: $38,826 - $43,000
  • Choice of health, dental, disability and life insurance plans offered through the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Generous vacation, holiday and sick leave accrual
  • Flexible scheduling for officers with military commitments
  • Free access to VCU Police Department gym facilities
  • Tuition waiver program for studies at VCU and opportunities for professional development and career advancement
  • Participation in the Virginia Supplemental Retirement SystemVaLORS Program, and deferred compensation plans
  • Equipment, uniforms and cleaning of Class A uniforms are provided
  • Additional university benefits are described on VCU's Human Resources website

VCU Police offers pre-certified law enforcement officers additional incentives

 Qualifications, Selection Process & Timeline

Although individuals with minimum qualifications may apply, only those with the most suitable job related experience, education and qualifications will continue in the selection process. Applicants should visit for the latest status of their application.

Minimum qualifications for VCU Police officers include:

  • Ability to work in a high-stress environment with a diverse population
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness to work shifts with varying days off, including possible work on nights, weekends, and/or holidays
  • At least 21 years of age with a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid state driver's license and a good driving record
  • Must have a good credit history and clean criminal record with no convictions for felonies, domestic violence, or crimes of moral turpitude
  • Must pass a physical and mental health evaluation
  • Must pass a drug test, polygraph test, and written test


The selection process includes a full VCIN/NCIC/DMV records check, pre-hire physical fitness assessment (including push-ups, sit ups and 1.5 mile run), a written examination, a preliminary interview.  A complete background packet including six letters of reference (three business and three personal), copy of birth certificate, copies of school transcripts, copy of military DD-214 forms (where applicable), and citizenship check. Also included will be a written 500-word essay, an oral review board, and fingerprint-based CCRE/FBI check, psychological and polygraph review.  Upon job offer, a full physical exam by a licensed physician and a drug screening will be completed. Final selections are made by the Chief of Police.