Being a member of the Arlington County Police Department is much more than a job, it’s a passion. We invite you to join us today.
All Police Officer I applicants are required to create an account with the Arlington County Government Office of Human Resources to begin the hiring process.
Phase I — Written Test — Pass/Fail
The written test consists of three basic components:
- Cognitive Abilities
- Personal Workstyle (approaches to work)
- Life Experience (background information or biodata)
Phase II — Physical Ability Test (PAT) — Pass/Fail
Applicants are tested on:
- Physical Strength
- Agility and Coordination
- Accuracy of Observation
Phase III — Panel Interview — Pass/Fail
Applicants will be interviewed by a cross-section of ACPD officers based upon the applicant’s personal history statement and background investigation. Applicants must answer all questions completely, accurately and truthfully or they risk being eliminated from our hiring process.
Phase IV — Polygraph
Applicants must complete a pre-polygraph questionnaire given to them by their assigned investigator. All applicants are then required to submit to the polygraph.
Phase V — Psychological Evaluation
Consists of formal interview and testing with a psychologist.
Phase VI — Medical Evaluation — Pass/Fail
Consists of comprehensive physical evaluation, including a drug screening.
All police officer applicants are required to participate in a ride-along with an ACPD officer. Ride-along requests can be scheduled by contacting your assigned background investigator.