Recruitment

Be a part of one of the nation’s premier campus law enforcement agencies at VCU Police. With 99 sworn officers, 25 civilian employees, 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, traffic, and education & training 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. Even if the department is pending another academy class, you are encouraged to send your resume to the Academy Staff (contact information below); you will be personally notified when the next class recruitment is open. 

The VCU Police Department has started a Law Enforcement Apprenticeship Program (LEAP).  Qualified applicants for Police Officer positions may be offered employment in this program during the selection process.  Applicants selected for this program would be given applicable training before assisting the Patrol Division with relevant assignments based on the current trends.  Full salary and benefits begin on the date of hire. 

Volunteer opportunities are available and will give you the chance to help and show the unity that exists within the VCU community. It will also provide you with first-hand experience and/or interest with becoming a law enforcement officer with the VCU Police Department. SIGN-UP and JOIN TODAY!! For additional information on recruitment, the LEAP program, or volunteer opportunities, please contact our Recruiter, Conrad Simms, at (804) 828-1225 or csimms2@vcu.edu.

The VCU Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center periodically hires dispatchers. Please check www.vcujobs.com for job openings. 

Benefits

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:

  • Academy starting salary: $39,207
    • There is a 2% base pay salary increase for academy recruits upon successful completion of field training
  • Pre-certified officer starting salary range: $41,000 - $43,000
  • Choice of health, dental, disability and life insurance plans offered through the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Generous vacation, holiday and sick leave
  • Flexible scheduling for officers with military commitments
  • Free access to VCU Police Department gym facilities 24/7 
  • Tuition waiver program for studies at VCU and opportunities for professional development and career advancement
  • Participation in the Virginia Supplemental Retirement System, VaLORS Program (Plan 1 and Plan 2), 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 www.vcujobs.com to apply for positions within VCU Police and to check on 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 three letters of reference, copy of birth certificate, copies of school transcripts, copy of military DD-214 forms (where applicable), and citizenship check. Also included will be an oral review board, 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.

Academy Staff Contact Information