Fairfax County Police Department Employment/Recruiting Process


If you are looking for information on the steps one needs to become a police officer for Fairfax County Police Department you’ve landed on the right web page. However you must realize that the application process to become a police officer for FCPD is a bit difficult – sometimes taking up to a year until you are hired.

Although the hiring process is  long don’t let that stop you from applying. Why? Fairfax County PD is a good department to work for. Not only is the pay competitive, but you’ll also get great benefits, a retirement plan, paid vacation and career advance opportunities.

Fairfax PD Requirements & Qualifications:

  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident alien with application for naturalization filed and pending with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Uncorrected vision not worse than 20/200, provided there has been at least six months success wearing soft contact lenses. Without soft contact lenses, uncorrected vision cannot be worse than 20/100. In any case, vision must be correctable to 20/20.
  • At least 21 years of age at date of appointment
  • High school graduate or possess a valid G.E.D. certificate recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Possess, or be able to acquire, a valid operator’s license
  • Illegal drug use will be reviewed with respect to recent use, type of drug and frequency of use.
  • Never been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor. Involvement in past criminal activity will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Good character and reputation
  • Ability to perform essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation
  • Stable work record

Here are the steps of the application/Employment process:

Fairfax County Police Department Hiring Process FCPD 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Written exam- 2.5 hours
  • Initial interview- ½ hour
  • Polygraph- 3 hours
  • Psychological exam- 8 hours
  • Physical abilities test- 2 hours
  • Background interview- 4 hours
  • Medical exam- 4 hours
  • Entire background investigation- 8-12 weeks

Pay Scale, Average Salary, Pay Chart FCPD:

  • All uniforms and equipment provided by Department
  • Police officer: $47,094.74   (O-17, Entry Level at Step 2)
  • Police Officer First Class:  $49,247.33 – 80,220.82   (O-18)
  • Master Police Officer:  $51,596.48 – 84,048.22  (O-19)
  • Police Sergeant:  $54,176.30 – 88,250.45  (O-20)

For further salary information please refer to the pay scale table for officers.