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Police Officer Trainee - $50,150* during our 6-month academy and increases to $54,000* (base pay) after graduation. 

Police Officer Trainee (*In-State Basic Jailor to BLE Academy) - $50,150* during an approx. 21-week academy and increases to $54,000* (base pay) after graduation. 

Police Officer (VA Experienced Officer) - The starting salary is up to $70,853*

Police Officer (Out-of-State Lateral) - The starting salary is up to $70,853*

DoD Skillbridge Active Duty Military Only - Attend our academy while still being paid by the military!

*Salaries are effective January 2024.

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Are You Professional Enough & Do You Care Enough?

Serve "The City that Cares." Join the Chesapeake Police Department!

Do You Have What It Takes?

A deep sense of integrity, determination, stamina, intelligence, dedication to protecting the public, and the desire to make a difference in the lives of many are just the beginning.

We are looking for men and women who thrive on challenges and pride themselves in serving others, and are willing to work hard to learn the necessary skills for this challenging but critical role. Becoming a police officer can be a tough, demanding, and unpredictable job, but it is also one of the most rewarding positions you will ever have. Every day that you wear your uniform and badge, you will be making the City of Chesapeake a safer and better place to live for you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors. Nothing is more valuable than that.


  • $50,150* as a Police Officer Trainee attending the Chesapeake Police Academy.
  • $54,000* after graduating from the Police Academy.
  • Additional Pay Incentives:
    • $600*  yearly stipend for possessing an Associate's Degree OR
    • $1,000* yearly stipend for possessing a Bachelor's Degree
    • Sworn Officers are also rewarded overtime (OT) pay at 1 and ½ times your regular pay rate.
    • After serving for seven (7) years, you can reach the rank of Senior Police Officer and earn a minimum base pay of $65,755. You can expect to receive additional salary increases in the future.
  • Please take a look at our new comprehensive public safety step pay plan. Police officers are rewarded for their dedicated service with a yearly salary increase for the first ten years, followed by an increase every other year.

Off-Duty Court Pay:

  • Officers are entitled to overtime pay at their overtime rate for any off-duty court appearances.

Off-Duty Employment Pay:

  • Sworn Police Officers earn a minimum of $50 per hour (4hr minimum pay) when they work various Off-Duty Employment jobs within the City that require law enforcement duties.
  • These jobs include:
    • As a visible presence to deter unlawful acts and/or to maintain order.
    • As security and/or theft prevention.
    • As traffic control and/or direction.

*Note: Effective January 2024. Subject to change.


  • Take-Home Vehicle for Personal and Official Use
  • Uniforms and Equipment Provided
  • Free 24/7 Access to 7 Private Chesapeake PD Gyms
  • Paid Specialized Training Opportunities (in-house and out-of-town)
  • Paid Military Leave (up to 168 hours per year)
  • Paid Annual Leave (up to 288 hours per year)
  • Paid Sick Leave (up to 96 hours per year)
  • Funeral Leave (up to 3 days for the death of certain family members)
  • Family and Medical Leave (time off for the birth or adoption of a child, a serious health condition, or to care for a family member with a serious health condition.)
  • The City observes the same paid holidays and additional time off as the State of Virginia.
  • Health and Wellness Incentives
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Virginia Retirement System Plan 
  • Deferred Compensation
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Medical Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account
  • Legal Service Plan
  • Additional Optional Life Insurance
  • Additional Optional Long-Term Care Insurance
  • All City Employee Benefits:

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