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

The Ashland Police Department continually accepts applications from VA DCJS certified law enforcement officers.

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.  The Ashland Police Department 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.

For a confidential review of qualifications and realistic job preview, please email Capt. Marie Kemp by clicking here or calling (804) 412-0600, ext. 610.

The Town of Ashland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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.

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
• Recent Marijuana use (evaluated on case by case basis)
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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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 Physicians Statement of Physical Conditions form on the day of the test, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
•  Panel Interview.
•  Polygraph Examination.
•  Background Investigation.
•  Ride Along/Command Staff Interview.
•  Medical Screening/Psychological (MMPI).

Salary & Benefits

Salary: $51,000

(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: 

  • Excellent Health & Dental Insurance - (rates as low as: single coverage - $0, dual coverage - $306, family coverage $612/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)
  • Night Shift differential
  • Higher Education Reimbursement Program - ($4,000 per year)
  • Wellness/Fitness Program Bonus - ($1,000 per year)
  • Take Home Vehicle - (within 30 minutes)

In 2018, 2019 and 2020, the Town of Ashland was chosen as
one of the best workplaces in the Richmond region.

For a confidential review of qualifications and realistic job preview, please email Capt. Marie Kemp by clicking here or calling (804) 412-0600, ext. 610. 

VA Certified law enforcement officers can apply by clicking here.

The Ashland Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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