Please review this webpage in its entirety for the list of disqualifiers that prevent employment and instructions for completing an application.

The Ashland Police Department is not currently seeking applications.

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.

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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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Job Duties, Qualifications & Disqualifiers


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    • If an applicant’s operator’s license has been revoked or suspended in the past, the following factors will be considered to determine eligibility.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).

Applicant Selection Process

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Police Officer Selection Process

The selection process includes the following:

• Written Test
• Physical Agility Test (LawFit Work Performance Test; 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. Completed Physician's Statements may be turned in during written testing prior to the Physical Agility Test.

The Applicant Physical and Written Testing will be conducted on Saturday, January 13, 2018. The applicant testing
scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2017 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Applicants scheduled for testing on January 6 will be informed of a new date.
• Panel Interview
• Polygraph Examination
• Background Investigation
• Psychological Evaluation
• Medical Examination
• Drug Screening

Police Officer (Lateral Position)

To be eligible for the lateral entry position, you must be a certified law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Applicants that are Virginia certified law enforcement officers must complete the selection process listed above with the exception of the written testing.

Salary & Benefits

Salary: $43,129 (DCJS certified officers selected for hire may have a higher starting salary based on training and experience)                       



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 may qualify for an expedited entry in our Career Development Program within six months of hire.

How to Apply

Please contact Capt. Troy Aronhalt at 804-412-0612 or email taronhalt@ashlandpolice.us with any questions regarding our application process.

The Ashland Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.