You can become a Norfolk Police Officer in Seven Steps

You must complete the application online and submit all required documents in order to proceed to the testing phase of the process. You can access the online application Here. If you are unable to submit all the required documents at the time of submitting an online application, please contact a recruiter at

These tests are designed to determine the applicant’s physical ability to perform specific job-related activities.

  • Physical Ability Test Course: The applicant must successfully complete a course with obstacles consisting of several job-related functions. The applicant will be required to run, lift, push and pull during the course. The course must be completed in 1 minute and 44 seconds or less, while wearing standard issue soft body armor.
  • 1 ½ mile Run: The applicant must successfully complete the run in 16 minutes or less. Click here to view the Physical Agility Course.

Upon successfully passing the physical ability course, 1.5-mile run and written exam, the applicant will receive an offer of employment on the condition of successfully completing the following:

  • Background Investigation
  • Polygraph Examination
  • Oral Review Board
  • Executive Review Board / Final Section
  • Medical Examination
  • Drug Screen
  • Tobacco Usage Policy – Applicants will be required to sign an acknowledgement as a condition of their initial and continued employment that they will refrain from any on-duty or off-duty use of tobacco products.

Entails obtaining and verifying information regarding the applicant’s prior employment, drug use, references, and criminal history. It is critical that the applicant is honest and upfront with all information when completing the Personal History Booklet.

Verifies the information provided by the applicant via the background investigation and Personal History Booklet. Deception noted during the exam, may prevent further processing.

All candidates are required to complete a psychological test and medical examination provided by the City of Norfolk.

Applicants are interviewed by a diverse panel of department personnel to determine their qualifications to become a Police Recruit.

Once the seven steps have been completed, the Chief Executive Staff and/or the Chief of Police will make the final decision of the best qualified applicants.

Contact a Norfolk Police Recruiter Today!

Recruiters are available

Monday – Friday

7:00 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.

The City of Norfolk is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is inclusive of all persons. Employment with the City is not limited by race, ethnicity, class, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, age, sexuality, pregnancy, disability, medical condition, education, spiritual beliefs, creed, culture, tribal affiliations, national origin, political beliefs and/or veteran status.