The Portsmouth Police Department is currently hiring for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Recruits are required to attend the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy (HRCJTA) prior to commencing Field Training. Recruits are paid a full salary during the academy. Housing accommodations are the responsibility of the recruit. Waiver from the HRCJTA academy may be made for experienced Virginia Peace Officers which have graduated from a DCJS approved Basic Law Enforcement academy.

Out-of-state waivers from the HRCJTA academy cannot be considered at this time. If you are an experienced officer from out-of-state, you must still attend the HRCJTA in order to meet Portsmouth’s minimum requirements and to be certified as a Peace Officer within the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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