Please review this page in its entirety for the list of disqualifiers, minimum requirements, salary and benefits and job duties. 
VA Certified law enforcement officers can apply by clicking here

We are looking for motivated individuals who wish to work for the Ashland Police Department. APD is an internationally accredited (CALEA) agency that adheres to the highest standards of professionalism. The Town of Ashland offers an award-winning benefits package and a competitive salary.

 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.

 VA Certified law enforcement officers can apply by clicking here.

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

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a valid operator's license
  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Be a high school graduate or possess a GED
  • Possess a sound financial background
    ollege level course work and military experience are highly valued. 

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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.
 Distribution of narcotics
• Any use of marijuana or THC products after the date of application (regardless or whether such products are considered legal at the time and place of use)
 Use of any illegal substances, such as cocaine, heroin, LSD, Anabolic Steroids, etc…Adderall and other non-prescribed scheduled substances will be examined on a case by case basis, but there can be no use in the last two years.
 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.
 A currently revoked or suspended operator’s license will disqualify an applicant from further consideration.
 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.
 Prior military applicants may have no less than a full honorable discharge.
 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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Written Test (entry-level only) and physical agility test (LawFit Work Performance Test - click here for more information. Applicants will be required to submit a Physicians Statement of Physical Conditions form of the date of testing, this form can be downloaded here. 
•  Panel Interview
•  Polygraph Examination
•  Background Investigation
•  Command Staff Interview
•  Ride Along/Medical Examination/Psychological Screening

Salary & Benefits

Salary: $57,131

(DCJS certified officers selected for hire may have a higher starting salary based on training and experience)

  • Excellent Health & Dental Insurance - (rates as low as: single coverage - $0, dual coverage - $345, family coverage $690/month)

  • Participation in the Virginia Retirement System

  • Participation in a 457 deferred compensation program - (up to 2% match)

  • Town sponsored life insurance

  • Paid Time Off Program - (160 hours first year, 1 paid day off per month for holidays)

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • 4-step Career Development Program – (4.5% increase per step every 2 years)

  • Higher Education Reimbursement Program - ($4,000 per year)

  • Wellness/Fitness Program Bonus - ($1,000 per year)

  • Take Home Vehicle - (within 30 minutes)

From 2019 to 2023, the Town of Ashland was chosen as
one of the best workplaces in the Richmond region.

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VA Certified law enforcement officers can apply by clicking here.

The Ashland Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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