Recruitment – Police Officer

$45,000 annually (non-certified)*

  • 3% increase at completion of 1-year probationary period
  • 3% increase on 3-year anniversary
  • 2% increase on 6-year anniversary
  • All of the above service year salary increases are in addition to an officer’s eligibility for annual merit increases

* Certified police officer salary is determined after an assessment of prior experience and qualifications

 The University of Virginia Police Department is seeking diverse, professional candidates to join our team. Successful candidates who are not currently certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will attend the Basic Law Enforcement Academy.  Upon completion of training, candidates will join their peers in providing law enforcement,  safety, and security services to the UVA, Charlottesville and Albemarle communities.  

As a police officer at one of the nation’s top public universities, you will be serving in a vibrant community with a variety of culture, recreation and entertainment opportunities – suitable for families and young professionals. Police officers provide daily law enforcement and security services as well as coverage for major events including national championship Division I athletic teams and world-renowned VIP guest visits to grounds.

UPD has a variety of options for those interested in an exciting career in public safety.  The department is comprised of 77 sworn officers, 63 non-sworn security officers and 30 civilian employees advancing our fair, impartial, and community policing mission at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.  Officers hold assignments in bike patrol, K-9, investigations, community relations, special event planning, crime and intelligence analysis and more. UPD officers serve the UVA medical center which was voted the top hospital in Virginia in 2019 and hosts the only level 1 trauma center in the region and our academic grounds. Our service area community encompasses a diverse population of nearly 60,000 students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors on any given day. 

UPD takes pride in being a leader in community-focused, contemporary law enforcement standards and practices. The department promotes professional development of our team members and encourages them to introduce creative and innovative ways to promote public safety, engage the community and be a leader on grounds. UPD is committed to public safety based on the constitutional idea of justice where every person will be treated with dignity, respect and fairness.


University Police Officers

  • Engage in policing through fair and impartial practices.  Decisions and enforcement will not be predicated on race, gender, religion or sexual orientation.
  • Respond to routine and unique calls for service, including those involving acts of violence
  • Maintain order by patrolling a designated area of the university, enforcing federal and state laws, local ordinances and University regulations and policy.
  • Provide dignitary protection and coordination with federal law enforcement agencies for special events with VIP’s in attendance
  • Conduct law enforcement and security services at major sporting events for national championship Division I athletic teams
  • Respond to criminal complaints and non-enforcement requests from the University community.
  • Generate reports, arrest or administratively handle incidents.
  • Patrol a designated area of the university community to conduct security inspections, assist community members and to prevent crimes.
  • Identify, investigate, and report hazards that might endanger public safety and/or University facilities or equipment.
  • Conduct traffic control functions by controlling vehicle and pedestrian traffic at events or incidents as needed.
  • Act as a campus security authority as defined by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act.
  • Act as a responsible employee under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which includes timely reporting of incidents of sexual harassment/misconduct to the University of Virginia Title IX coordinator.


Minimum Police Applicant Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Applicants must possess one of the following:
    Bachelor’s degree
    4 years of prior military or law enforcement service
    2 years of work experience in the UVA Security Department with an Associates Degree
  • Excellent written and verbal and communication skills
  • Must have the skill to handle firearms and operate a motor vehicle safely
  • A valid Virginia drivers' license with a positive points balance is required if applicants are from out of state the ability to get a Virginia license by the start date of the position is required
  • Applicants must demonstrate responsive, approachable, and courteous engagement with the community.
  • The ability to maintain a calm, balanced perspective and successfully complete duties in a stressful situation is essential, as in the ability to analyze situations and use good judgment.  Strong oral and written communication including writing accurate reports, testifying in courts, and interacting with a diverse community is required.

Hiring Process and Timeline

Now Accepting Applications for Certified Police Officers (Currently cerfitied by DCJS)

Click here to apply.

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The University of Virginia offers a generous benefits package making UVA an ideal place to , build a career, continue your education, and focus on your overall well-being.  You can find more information on UVA Benefits by going to HR's website, located here:

Retirement System:  UVA offers enrollment in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) and VALORS to help ensure you can live comfortably after you retire.  More information about retirement benefits can be found here

Health Care Plans:  UVA offers three health care plan options administered through Aetna.  You can decide on the plan and coverage that is best for you and your family’s needs.  To learn more about the options, click here.  Vision and dental coverage options are available as well.

Educational Benefits:  UVA encourages employees to continue their education.  A maximum of $4,360, per year, is available for use for educational benefits between tuition and professional development benefits.  More information can be found here

Paid Leave:  UVA offers many options for paid leave to help employees maintain a healthy work/life balance.  More information about the types of leave can be found here

Wellness:  UPD provides membership to the University’s IM-Rec facilities.  We care about your health and provide a variety of wellness programs to assist employees in meeting their financial, emotional, and physical wellness goals.  To learn more, click here. 

Unique Training Opportunities:  Beyond the 40 hours required by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the department to maintain accreditation, UPD officers can submit proposals to complete additional training as continuous professional development.

Overtime Opportunities:  While there is mandatory overtime, there are also voluntary overtime opportunities that include sporting events, speaker events, VIP visits, concerts, performances and other mission-critical details.

Uniforms and Equipment:  All sworn officers are provided uniforms and equipment upon hire.  Uniform dry-cleaning is provided and equipment items are replaced as needed.

Laptop and Mifi:  All sworn officers are issued a Getac Mobile Data Terminal laptop and a Mifi device upon completion of basic law enforcement training.

Educated, Experienced, and Trained Leadership and Command Staff:  Several command staff members have been trained through various academies and schools including:

  • Leadership Excellence – University of Virginia
  • The Institute for Leadership in Changing Times (ILCT) -- Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • National Criminal Justice Command College – Virginia State Police and the University of Virginia
  • FBI National Academy
  • School of Police Staff and Command -- Northwestern University
  • Police Executive Leadership – Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the University of Richmond


Service Delivery and Community Engagement not only benefit the community but also have been proven to enhance officer safety.  Our community is comprised of people from 111 different countries which makes us the most diverse community in the region.  Our team members respect and celebrate the diversity of our community and are committed to making this a safe and secure place to live, work, learn, and receive patient care, for everyone.   

Teamwork is essential to the successful operation of the department.  Teamwork includes all employees of the department working in partnership with each other and the community to achieve our goals.

Patrol responsibilities could include patrolling on foot, bike, motorcycle or other means regardless of weather, while assigned to one of four twelve hour patrol squads.  Dayshift squads work from 0600 to 1800.  Midnight squads work from 1800 to 0600.

Report writing responsibilities include extensive follow-up and documentation of various incidents and crimes that occur on University property and within our legal jurisdiction.

Medical Center responsibilities include patrolling the emergency department and other medical center facilities, providing security of persons on involuntary evaluation at the University of Virginia emergency department, the only level 1 trauma center in the region.

Mandatory Overtime is required during high-volume seasons to include student move in, athletic events like football and basketball, concerts, large public events, and final exercises.

Training opportunities could require travel and time commitments away from home; however, lodging, registration, travel, and meals are provided.


Recruiter Contact Information

For questions about positions or the application process, please contact Rhiannon O’Coin, Recruiter, at 434-243-4075 or


Current Postings

Police Officer - Posting R0013245