Police Officer

The Ashland Police Department is comprised of men and women highly motivated to provide quality law enforcement services to its citizens, businesses and visitors. We pride ourselves in partnering with the community in a unified effort to combat crime and keep our streets safe.

If you believe in public service...
If you believe in community policing..
If you want a challenging, yet rewarding career...
If you want to make a difference...
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Then look no further. Join the APD family and become a member of a professional and CALEA - Internationally Accredited agency. Applications are accepted on a continual basis for the position of Police Officer. We also offer a lateral entry program. Applicants will be notified in writing of any job openings and any related selection processes. Applicants are also encouraged to routinely check the website for any job postings. 


A Police Officer's duties include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Responding to calls for service

  • Investigating crimes

  • Conducting proactive patrols

  • Enforcing criminal and traffic codes

  • Testifying in court

  • Completing various forms of paperwork 

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid Virginia operator's license, US Citizen, and be a high school graduate or possess a GED (VA DCJS law enforcement certified, college degree or military experience preferred).


Anyone who meets the following criteria is ineligible: 

  • Any felony or serious misdemeanor convictions, or any other criminal activity that indicates a tendency to disregard the law or reflects moral turpitude or any other behavior that would bring discredit to the Ashland Police Department.
  • Marijuana use within the past two years.
  • Use of any illegal substances, such as cocaine, heroin, LSD, Anabolic Steroids, etc…
  • Any alcohol or drug related driving convictions, such as DUI.
  • Conviction of Domestic Assault.
  • Conviction of a Crime of Moral Turpitude.
  • Conviction of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor related to a Sexual Offense.
  • Color blindness.
  • The possession of a valid Virginia operator’s license will be required of all applicants at time of employment.
    • Those persons possessing a valid operator’s license from another state are required to obtain a valid Virginia operator’s license prior to employment.
    • A currently revoked or suspended operator’s license will disqualify an applicant from further consideration.
    • If an applicant’s operator’s license has been revoked or suspended in the past, the following factors will be considered to determine eligibility.
      • Circumstances surrounding the revocation or suspension.
      • Length of time since the revocation or suspension.
    • A history of flagrant driving offenses (i.e. reckless driving, hit & run, failure to stop for police officer, or numerous speeding offenses) will be cause for applicant disqualification.
  • The applicant should have a sound financial background.
  • Commission of undetected crimes that are recent, serious, or repetitive in nature.
  • Failure to accurately report information or lack of completeness in filling out the Personal History Statement (this may be considered an attempt to deceive or an act of dishonesty).

Hiring Process

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Lateral Position (Police Officer)

To be eligible for the lateral entry position, you must be a certified police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The process includes the following:

• Physical Agility (LawFit course; for a preview and detailed description of the
test click here.) Applicants must submit a completed Physician's Statement
prior to attempting the Physical Agility Test, which can be downloaded here.
• Panel Interview
• Psychological Evaluation
• Background Investigation
• Polygraph Examination
• Medical Exam
• Drug Screening
A list will be compiled at the completion of the process from which candidates will be contacted for future employment opportunities.

Salary: $43,408



Here are just some of the outstanding benefits associated with the Police Officer position:

  • Healthcare

    • Employee only premiums completely covered by the Town of Ashland

  • Retirement - Virginia Retirement System 

  • Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Flexible Spending Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Wellness/Fitness Incentives
  • Educational Benefits
  • 12 hour shifts (Off Every Other Weekend)
  • Shift Differential
  • Take home vehicle within 15 miles of the police department
  • 12 Holidays per Year
  • Career Development 

Certified Officers will quality for an expedited entry in the Career Development Program within six months of hire.

For more information about employment at the Ashland Police Department, please call 804-798-1227, ext. 612 or complete an application by clicking here and e-mailing it to Capt. Troy Aronhalt at taronhalt@ashlandpolice.us.

The Ashland Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.