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The Norfolk Police Department wants you to be at your best.

Striving to exceed the statewide standard for policing. Norfolk Police Department’s full time training staff, wants their officers to be the best trained officers around. Join the Norfolk Police Department to grow your career and become a better officer. 

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Salary & Benefits

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  • While serving as a Police Recruit in the Norfolk Police Department, recruits make $44,342.
  • Police Officer starting salary upon successful completion of the academy – $53,408.
    • At present, the maximum base salary that may be earned as a police officer is $80,978. Police officers receive a yearly step increase in pay.
  • $5,000 sign on bonus upon successful completion of the police academy.
  • $12,000 retention bonus is awarded upon successful completion of one year as a police officer.
  • Competitive salary.
  • Supplemental pay for college degrees, Master Police Officer, Police Training Officer, Specialty Unit & Investigator pay.
  • Tuition assistance/reimbursement.
  • Military veterans can utilize their GI Bill to attend the police academy through the on-the-job training/apprenticeship category.
Retirement Plan

The City of Norfolk utilizes the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) for city employees. Click here for additional information on the Virginia Retirement System.

Work Schedule

Norfolk Police officers assigned to patrol will work an average of 16 days a month consisting of 12-hour rotating shifts between day and night shift with every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off.

Health & Dental Plans

The City of Norfolk provides excellent health, dental, and vision plans that are available for police officers and their eligible family members. The City of Norfolk contributes to all plans.


Norfolk Police Officers receive 96 hours of Annual Leave, 96 hours of Sick Leave, 1 day of Birthday Leave, 1 day of Diversity Leave, holiday pay and leave: 13 holidays per year. 2 Wellness Days of leave.

Active duty / Reserve duty personnel receive 15 days of Military Leave per year.

Career Growth

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Specialized Assignments
Career Ladder
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Grow your career by learning new skills.

For many officers, one of the best rewards of working in a department as big as the Norfolk Police Department (NPD) is the fact that they can do many jobs during the course of their career. It is possible to move from division to division, and to learn new skills of the job.

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Utilize the training you received in the military to be a better officer.

Whether you have served or are currently serving. The Norfolk Police Department sees the value in officers with military experience and what they can bring to the department and the community. Continue serving by helping your community stay safe. 

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Lateral Officers

Looking to jumpstart your career with a department that wants you to grow? Join the Norfolk Police Department and take control of your career while serving a great community.


Virginia holds out of state lateral police academies throughout the year. This academy is a “relaxed” atmosphere and is required by all departments in Virginia.

 Eligibility requirements include:

●       Must have at least 3 years/36 months continuous law enforcement experience commensurate with those of a Virginia law enforcement officer (i.e. respond to calls for service, take reports of crime, conduct traffic stops, issue summons, make arrests).

●       Be out of law enforcement employment for less than 24 months.

●       Must be in good standing with former employers.

●       Must meet all requirements of 15.2-1705 Code of Virginia

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