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Hiring Process

The Department’s recruitment and selection process supports the Prince William County Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action plans.

The selection process takes approximately four to eight months after the Police Officer Application has been received. Applicants must successfully complete the following phases:

  • Online application submission
  • Personal history statement
  • Conditional offer of employment
  • Pre-screen interview
  • Physical fitness test
  • Polygraph examination
  • Background interview and investigation
  • Medical and physical examinations
  • Psychological examination
  • Police ride-a-long
  • Interview with the Chief of Police or designee
  • Final approval by the Chief of Police


Application Process

We use a formal application -- rather than a resume -- in our employment process.

To apply online, please click here.


Minimum Qualifications

Police officer candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be 21 years of age upon completion of the Prince William County Criminal Justice Academy
  • Must be a high school graduate or equivalent
  • Must be able to complete the physical fitness requirements
  • Vision must be 20/200 uncorrected correctable with the aid of glasses or contacts to 20/40 in the worse eye and
  • 20/20 in the better eye
  • Hearing must comply with medical standards
  • Valid driver’s license at the time of appointment; applicants with six demerits or more are ineligible
  • Must not have been convicted of any felony or serious misdemeanor
  • No Tobacco Agreement


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