Police Officer Recruitment



Service. Integrity. Community. Be the difference! Review the information below about how to join our team of dedicated sworn personnel. We hope you will take the next step to a rewarding career as part of the WPD family.


Applicants must have: a valid driver’s license, safe driving record, no criminal history; high school diploma or the equivalent, college preferred; be age 21 or older; excellent physical condition, be a non-smoker; accepts responsibility and have high ethical standards; live or be willing to move within a 50 mile radius of Winchester; be a U.S. citizen.


Employees of the City and Applicants for employment shall be afforded equal opportunity in all aspects of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, age or political affiliation. The Age Discrimination Act prohibits discrimination of individuals who are at least 40 but less than 70 years of age.


If you're interested in becoming a Winchester Police officer and would like more information, fill out our online recruitment card! For recruitment questions, please contact:

Officer Katlynn Slonaker
Winchester Police Department
(540) 545-4700



Salary and Benefits

The Winchester Police Department has a starting salary of $41,496.00 for a Police Officer I.  For current Virginia Certified Officers, starting salary is commensurate with experience.  


Excellent benefits package including a full cafeteria benefits plan which features health, dental, vision, cancer, and pre-paid legal insurances, retirement and life insurance, short-term disability and sick, vacation and holiday leave, college tuition assistance, all equipment furnished including shoe allowance.


Hiring Process

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our department. The Winchester Police Department wants to see you succeed in your goal of being selected as a member of our department. Below are the steps in the hiring process that an applicant must complete to be considered for employment with the Winchester Police Department. An applicant can be terminated during any stage of this process.


The entire application process may take several months to finalize. As you complete each phase, you will receive notification advising you of your status and the requirements of the next process. If you have any question concerning these procedures, contact our administrative office for assistance.



You will have to connect to and use the City of Winchester online application process. At the end of your application, you can attach additional files to your application, such as a résumé, cover letter, reference list, copies of your licenses or certifications.


Once your online application has been successfully submitted, you will receive a confirmation message immediately on your computer screen. Your application will be forwarded to the Police Department when the posting closes. Applications that are received after the closing date, or that are not complete, will not be forwarded to the Police Department. Your application will then be reviewed and the best-qualified applicants will be selected for interviews.


If you are selected for an interview, Human Resources will call you, and the online status of your application will show “Selected for interview.” If you are not selected for an interview, you will not be contacted and the online status of your application will show “No longer under consideration.”




If you are chosen to participate in the written and physical assessments, the police applicant will arrive at the Timbrook Public Safety Center on their scheduled testing date and be on time. Please be dressed in weather appropriate running/jogging attire.


After completion of both tests, an eligibility list will be established. The top candidates will then move on to Step 3 of the hiring process.

The written examination requires you to view of a video of a call for service.  You will then write a report based on your observations. 

The requirements for the physical fitness
assessment are as follows:

  • Vertical jump
  • 1 repetition bench press
  • Number of sit-ups performed in 1 minute
  • 300 meter run
  • Number of push-ups completed in 1 minute
  • 1.5 mile run

The minimum acceptable passing level for each test is:

  • Vertical jump - 14 inches
  • 1 repetition bench press - 71% of the participant's body weight
  • Number of sit-ups performed in 1 minute - minimum of 25
  • 300 meter run - completed in a minimum of 75 seconds
  • Number of push-ups completed in 1 minute - minimum of 19
  • 1.5 mile run - completed in 16:55 minutes




An interview date and time will be scheduled depending on availability of personnel. The oral interview panel typically consists of two or more individuals from with the Police Department and up to two civilians from City Administration.


After the oral interview a list will be prepared of those applicants that will move onto the polygraph phase.




The applicant will be contacted by a Polygraph Examiner to arrange a date and time for the polygraph. After the polygraph the results will be evaluated and a decision will be made if the applicant will continue to the next step in the process.




This process can take up to four weeks and longer depending on the number of applicants.


After the background is complete a report will be submitted to the Deputy Chief. The file will then be forwarded to the Chief of Police.


The Chief of Police will then review the information that has been provided and make a recommendation to hire or not to hire and forward the file to the City Administration department for review.




Applicants will be required to undergo a psychological evaluation.




The applicant will have to submit to a medical examination and a drug screening. The applicant will also be required to pass a color blind and a vision test.




After all of the aforementioned requirements have been met, the Personnel Director will forward the recommendation to the City Manager. Once the City Manager approves the recommendation, the Deputy Chief contacts the applicant to inform them of their status.



Katlynn Slonaker


Officer Katlynn Slonaker
231 E. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601


(540) 545-4700