The Citizens Police Academy is an eleven-week (that includes graduation) program designed to givePolice Department Flag the public a working knowledge of the Richmond Police Department. Each session consists of eleven consecutive Monday night classes conducted at various police facilities in the county depending on the type of training being conducted. The instruction is comprehensive and each week separate areas of law enforcement are covered. Each class usually lasts 2 to 3 hours. Certified police officers, supervisors, and civilian instructors with particular expertise will conduct each topic. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a ride-along program.

Minimum Officer Requirements

  • Good driving, police, and employment record
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a valid driver's license
  • No convictions for a felony or domestic violence offense
  • There are no specific height or weight requirements; candidates must pass a physical agility test

Tattoo & Body Art Policy

  1. Because tattoos and other body alterations can be offensive to some community members, these personal expressions may hinder the department's ability to maintain the trust and confidence of the public it serves.   To maintain a positive and professional image in our community,  sworn and non-sworn personnel is permitted to have body art according to the specifications of this directive:  


  1. Body art is prohibited anywhere on the hands, neck (any area above the undershirt), face, or head.  The only exception is a tattooed wedding band on the ring finger that is no larger than one-half inch( ½ ).   
  2. The following types of body art are prohibited:  
    1. Infer or convey sexual, racial, religious, ethnic, or related intolerances.
    2. Portray derogatory or offensive characterizations contrary to the values of the department.
    3. Depict or represent criminally or historically oppressive organizations.
    4. Any language or symbols that are profane, vulgar, offensive, anti-government, discriminatory, racist, or pornographic.  
    5. Depict any advertisement or endorsement; unless specifically exempted by the Chief of Police or the Chief's designee.
  3. Body art on exposed legs is only permitted when authorized by the Chief of Police or their designee.  
  4. At no time shall a member be permitted to violate established uniform guidelines to conceal prohibited body art (e.g., long sleeve shirts shall not be worn under a short sleeve uniform to cover tattoos).
  5. The final decision on whether a piece of body art violates this section shall lie with the Chief of Police or their designee.


  • Police Recruit: $58,713 (upon completion of the basic training academy) 
  • Lateral Transfers: $63,102 - PLUS UP TO  $15,000 TRANSFER INCENTIVE!  (Three years of experience required)
  • Fitness: The police and fire department have a fully equipped fitness facility available 24 hours, 7 days a week.  
  • Insurance Program: The following insurance coverage is provided at little or no cost to employees:
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Unemployment insurance
    • Worker's compensation
  • Paid Time Off: Earn 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, and 1 personal day per year.
  • Retirement: Employees join County Employee Retirement System.
  • Sick Leave: Accumulate one day per month to 120 days max.
  • Uniforms: All uniform items, including body armor, are provided.

Testing Process

  • Applicant background interview
  • Drug Screen
  • In-depth background investigation
  • Medical Physical
  • Oral interview
  • Physical agility test (D.O.C.J.T.)
  • Polygraph
  • Suitability Screener
  • Written exam (general police aptitude and comprehensive writing skills)

Contact Us

For more information or questions, email Recruitment. Fill out the Recruitment Form.