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 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.

Recruiting Video

Click here to view our recruiting video for more information about career opportunities at APD.

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, be a US Citizen, be a high school graduate or possess a GED and possess a sound financial background. College level course work and military experience are highly valued.




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
Marijuana use within the past two years
Use of any illegal substances, such as cocaine, heroin, LSD, Anabolic Steroids, etc…Adderall 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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This selection process includes the following:

•  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 by clicking here. Completed Physician's Statements may be turned in at the test site the day of the Physical Agility Test.
•  Panel Interviews.
•  Polygraph Examinations.
•  Background Investigations.
•  Ride Along/Chief’s Interview.
•  Medical Screenings/Psychological (MMPI).

Salary & Benefits

Salary: $44,200  (Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services certified law enforcement 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: 

• Excellent Health & Dental Insurance
• Participation in the Virginia Retirement System
• Participation in a 457 deferred compensation program
• Town sponsored life insurance
• Paid Time Off
• Employee Assistance Program
• Career Development Program – up to 4.5% increase per step
• Night Shift differential
• Higher Education Reimbursement Program
• Wellness/Fitness Program Bonus
• Take Home Vehicle
• Pre-Employment Academy Reimbursement Program

In 2018, the Town of Ashland was chosen as
one of the best employers in the Richmond region.

For more information regarding career opportunities at APD, please email Sergeant Marie Kemp by clicking here or call (804) 412-0600 ext. 610.

The Ashland Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.