Police Department Employment Opportunities

The Hopewell Police Department’s hiring philosophy is simple – we recruit the best and the brightest. If you are among those people who strive for excellence and want an exciting career where you make a difference, we invite you to join our team. The Hopewell Police Department offers many different fulfilling career paths and opportunities for police officers. Among these are Patrol and Narcotics K-9 Officer, Critical Response Team (SWAT), Community Police Officer, and School Resource Officer. Applicants for employment as police officers with the Hopewell Police Department are encouraged to submit a completed online application to the City of Hopewell Office of Human Resources. Applications are maintained on file for one year and used to fill officer vacancies as they occur.

Application Package

Citizenship

Section 15.2-1705 of the Code of Virginia requires that applicants be citizens of the United States prior to appointment as a police officer.

Age

Applicants must be at least 20 years of age at time of application (but must turn 21 by academy graduation date).

Education

Applicants must have a high school diploma or a GED Certificate. Applicants with an Associate Degree, or higher, are preferred.

Vision

No worse than 20/100 vision rating in either eye, correctable to 20/20.

Military

Applicants who have separated from any military service (including Reserves or National Guard) must present a DD-214 “Member 4” in addition to copies of performance evaluations for at least 3 years. Applicants cannot have a dishonorable discharge. Background investigations are not conducted on applicants until they are within 3 months of separation. Applicants currently on active duty must present satisfactory documentary evidence substantiating less than 3 months of active duty remaining or the ability to retire within 3 months.

Criminal Convictions

Applicants must never have been convicted of any felony or any serious misdemeanor. Fingerprint checks are completed. Applicants must report any contact with police authority, pending traffic violations, arrests, or receipt of any summons to appear in court, criminal or civil, in any political jurisdiction anywhere received during the application process. Furthermore, applicants must report any contact with police authority which resulted, or may have result in the completion of a police report where the applicant was a suspect, victim, or complainant.

The 1996 Congress passed the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, which contains the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban. This Ban amended the Gun Control Act of 1968 to render it unlawful:

…for any person convicted of misdemeanor crime of domestic violence to ship, transport, possess, or receive firearms or ammunition…

This law prohibits any person convicted of an act of domestic violence to possess a firearm. As it is a duty of a Hopewell police officer to carry a firearm in the performance of his duties, the provisions of this Act, in current form, constitute a permanent bar to employment for this position.

We consider a conviction to be any final conviction from any court in any U.S. political subdivision, or any conviction under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The classification of a conviction as felony or misdemeanor is irrelevant; under the Act, a conviction is considered any action which is a final conviction in a court of jurisdiction. A conviction is not a noll prosequi, dismissal of charges, or other non-conviction.

If you have been prosecuted for a crime of domestic violence and are unsure whether this conviction falls under the purview of the Federal Act, you may discuss the issue with the Training/Recruiting Division.

Drug Possession

Applicants who are current illegal drug users or who have illegally possessed in the past 4 years, any drug or controlled substance which would constitute a felony, i.e., cocaine or heroin, are not considered.

Character and Reputation

Applicants must pass a thorough and extensive background check. Only applicants of excellent character are considered for employment. Applicants, whose past conduct could cause embarrassment to the City of Hopewell or the Hopewell Police Department, if such conduct were made public, are not considered.

Tattoo Policy

Visible tattoos, brands, or other body art on the head, face, neck, or scalp are prohibited. All visible tattoos must be approved by the Chief of Police.

Financial History of Responsibility

A check of the applicant’s consumer report through the Credit Bureau for high credit or judgments is made prior to commencing the full background investigation. The applicant’s credit must indicate a financial history of responsibility. Consumer reports that may result in adverse employment action against the applicant will be brought to the attention of the applicant in written form.
The below listed credit factors will be taken into consideration when reviewing the applicant’s financial history of responsibility.

    • Bankruptcy (within last 5 years)
    • Charge off accounts
    • Civil judgments
    • Collection accounts
    • Delinquent accounts
    • Foreclosures
    • Garnishments
    • Repossessions
    • Tax liens

Driver’s License

Applicants are considered only if they do not have a driver history which demonstrates irresponsibility and/or unsafe driving habits, regardless of their current point assessment (or equivalent for a non-Virginia operator’s license) on their driving record. In addition, applicants must meet the following requirements:

    • No suspension or revocation of driving privileges resulting from a conviction of a moving violation within the past 2 years.
    • Applicant must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license prior to employment
    • No DUI/DWI/DUID convictions within the past 3 years.

Substance Abuse & Tobacco User Policy

As a condition of employment, sworn police officers are required to refrain from any and all use of illegal drugs on and off the job.

    • All persons offered employment with the city shall be required to submit to a drug test as a condition of the offer of employment. Those who test positive for illegal drugs will be denied employment.
    • All employees are subject to controlled substances and alcohol testing when reasonable suspicion exists that the employee is under the influence of a controlled substance or alcohol.

Physical Fitness Test – Visit the links below

Disqualification

Applicants are disqualified from further consideration for employment if they:

    • Fail to meet any of the criteria previously stated.
    • Falsify or misrepresent any responses either orally or in writing to any questions posed to them in the applications process.
    • Fail to keep scheduled appointments required as part of the application process.

Miscellaneous Information

    • Must be able to qualify with assigned firearm with dominate and non-dominate hand.
    • Must be able to be exposed to OC Spray and also be tased with a taser.

Take Home Vehicle Program

The department currently has a program known as the Take Home Vehicle Program. The program includes the assignment of a marked police vehicle for use by an officer on and off duty. The intent of the program is to increase the visibility and availability of marked police vehicles throughout the city and to decrease vehicle costs. Officers residing in the City of Hopewell who are assigned to uniformed patrol activities may be eligible for participation in the program. This program is an initiative by the department and may be rescinded at any time at the discretion of the Chief of Police and, therefore, is not a right of employment.

Secondary Employment

Hopewell Police Department employees acknowledge that their position with the police department shall be considered their primary employment. Officers are essential personnel, and in this regard, acknowledge that executing their duties as an employee of the Hopewell Police Department takes precedence over non-Hopewell Police Department employment activities, scheduled or otherwise. Employees are responsible for ensuring that non-Hopewell Police Department employers are aware of this requirement.

Benefits

    • Worker’s Compensation Insurance
    • Deferred Compensation Plans
    • Employees’ Federal Credit Union
    • Career Development Program
    • Tuition Assistance Reimbursement
    • Permanent shift assignments
    • Uniform and equipment furnished
    • 12 holidays included in annual leave accrual; 136 hours of annual vacation leave for the first year, 160 hours of annual vacation leave for employees with service of 1-5 years of service
    • Medical and dental coverage for employee
    • 15 days military leave per year for the purpose of attending annual reserve military training
    • Participation in Take Home Vehicle Program upon successful completion of basic academy training (for city resident)
    • Regular (semi-annual) in-service and training at the Crater Criminal Justice Training Academy
    • Full retirement benefits through the Virginia Retirement System.
    • Law Enforcement Officers Supplement income through Virginia State Retirement Services with 20 years VRS service.
    • Starting Police Officer salary is $41,017.00. Certified Police Officers may be eligible for career development advancement within 6 months of employment.
    • Communication Officer starting salary is $31,961.