It is necessary to successfully complete each task within the established time frame to continue in the hiring process.
Step 1: Apply Online
Complete an Online Application.
Click Search/Apply for Job, then run keyword search for Police.
If you’ve never applied for a job with Henrico County, it’s best to register before filling out your application. Please see the video on your right with instructions on how to fill out an application on our online portal.
Step 2: Physical Agility Test
The Physical Agility Test is held on several dates during the open process. A recruiter will schedule a test date directly with you.
The test consists of various job-related physical activities. These activities are set out in an obstacle course design and will be conducted continuously until the human simulator drag. Time allowed for completion of the first part of the physical agility test is 3 minutes, 30 seconds. Time allowed for human simulator drag is 1 minute.
During the test you will be required to wear certain equipment worn by patrol officers (total added weight of 9-13 lbs). This equipment is provided on site and consists of:
- Uniform leather belt and police weapon
- Portable radio
- Ballistics vest
The Physical Agility Test consists of:
- Jump/climb 6 ft. barrier. Task demonstrates if candidate can pull themselves up on any type of object.
- Complete a 1/4 mile run, making various turns within the time limit. Task simulates an on-foot pursuit.
- Culvert jump. Task simulates a 4 ft. culvert/ditch jump.
- Draw and dry-fire police pistol. Police Officers must have the finger and hand strength to hold the police pistol in one hand while pulling the trigger. Both the right and left hand will be used.
- Drag/Carry a human simulator (155 lbs.) a distance of 30 ft. After locating either an injured person or apprehending a criminal suspect, an officer is required to pull or carry the subject from the location of the incident in order to save the person’s life, or to keep the person from receiving further injury, or to effect an arrest.
Step 3: Preliminary Interview
You will have a preliminary interview with members from the Division’s Personnel Unit. This interview will not only give Henrico Police the opportunity to learn more about you and your interest in a law enforcement career, it will also provide you an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the hiring process.
Step 4: Background Investigation
Completion of a Personal History Statement (PHS) is the first step of the Background Investigation.
A thorough background check is conducted to ensure there are no personal or professional issues precluding you from police service. Background investigators review your employment history, character references, academic records, residency history, criminal history, and credit history.
All applicants are required to provide:
- Valid driver’s license
- One of the following:
- Social Security Card
- Certified copy of birth certificate
- Certified copy of High School transcript(s)
- 4 character references
- Out-of-state driving transcript(s), if applicable
- Military Form DD-214, if applicable
You must return your Personal History Statement (PHS) Packet to the Process Coordinator at the time of your physical agility test. Being honest and thorough in your PHS is essential to continuing in the hiring process.
Step 5: Polygraph Examination
The next step in the hiring process is a polygraph exam. The exam determines the validity of the information you provided in the background packet.
A Henrico Police Polygraph Examiner will administer your exam.
Step 6: Staff Interview
The next step of the hiring process is staff interviews. You will meet with a panel of Division members to discuss your qualifications and gauge your fit for Henrico Police. You will be evaluated on a variety of competencies and skills, including communication and critical-thinking skills, understanding of and interest in policing, as well as your response to questions and scenarios.
Step 7: Psychological Testing and Clinical Interview
To ensure you are psychologically stable and mentally fit to handle the stresses of police work you will undergo a psychological evaluation. Testing includes a written questionnaire as well as interview with psychologist.
Step 8: Medical Evaluation and Drug Testing
The medical evaluation determines if you are medically fit to meet the physical requirements of police work. A drug test will also be administered to check for the presence of illegal substances. The physical exam includes height and weight measurements, vision, hearing and blood pressure screenings, electrocardiogram, and blood and urine tests.
Step 9: Chief Selection and Final Offer of Employment
In the final step of the hiring process, the Chief of Police is presented with each candidate’s file. The Chief and members from Police Personnel discuss each applicant’s candidacy, qualifications, test results and evaluations. The Chief makes the final decision on all offers of employment.
- Maintain a good employment history
- Maintain or improve your credit and financial history
- Work on your physical fitness
- Review the Personal History Statement and start gathering information
- Discontinue marijuana use 12 months prior to applying
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