Lateral Transfer Police Officer
A Virginia lateral officer is someone that is a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services certified law enforcement officer. The lateral officer must be currently employed as a law enforcement officer in Virginia in order to be exempt from taking the police entrance exam. Please contact the Personnel and Recruitment Unit for further information.
- Lateral Officers who meet the requirements listed above must apply online and complete all of the required documents listed in the Employment Documents section. Once completed, all documents should be send directly to the Personnel and Recruitment section at: Arlington County Police Department, 2200 Wilson Blvd. Suite #102, Box 317, Arlington, VA 22201. Please note on your application that you are applying as a Lateral Officer.
Pay and Benefits
- Starting annual salary of $56,035.20
- Paid overtime at a rate of time and one-half
- Yearly salary increase based upon performance
Lateral officers may be eligible for a higher pay grade and leave accrual rate upon hire; this is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and is commensurate with experience. All lateral officers must pass the one-year date of hire probationary period.
- 25 year retirement (67.5-81% at retirement) — no age limit (not funded through V.R.S.)
- County pays a stipend to use at your discretion towards health benefits for retirees with 25 years of service
- Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP)
- Fixed shift with rotating days off scheduled for uniformed patrol (15 days off per month for uniformed patrol)
- Value added pay for department recognized certifications
- Eligible for a promotion to supervisory level after a minimum of four years
- Two health plans to choose from at low rates
- Uniforms and equipment are furnished by the department
- Take home cars for patrol officers that live in Arlington County (availability dependent)
- Tuition reimbursement
- Education leave
- Bilingual pay
- Credit Union Membership
Kind of Work
This is law enforcement work in which the employee is responsible for protection of life and property in Arlington County. Duties include:
- Patrolling an assigned area on foot, bicycle, motorcycle or in a car to detect or prevent crime
- Conducting investigations into a variety of criminal offenses such as larceny, auto theft, and robbery
- Assisting in investigation of major crimes such as rape and homicide
- Directing vehicular and pedestrian traffic
- Preparing written reports on offenses committed, arrests, and other activities
- Testifying in court proceedings
- Other related duties as required
Work is performed in accordance with departmental rules and regulations and involves an element of personal danger. Employees must be able to exercise considerable independent judgment at all times.
The public depends on police officers to protect lives and property. We work and live by a set of core values: courage, competence, commitment, compassion, restraint, respect and integrity. Our mission is the reduction of crime and the improvement of the quality of life in Arlington County by making it a place where all people can live safely and without fear. If you have these qualities, if you have the drive and the passion, then we want you to join. Police work is like no other job in the world.
Why Arlington County
Just across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, Arlington is diverse in its opportunities and its population. Arlington continues to maintain pleasant residential and commercial neighborhoods and a high quality of living for all that work and live here.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The Arlington County Police Department makes every effort to recruit qualified individuals from all backgrounds to serve our unique community. We are proud of the diversity across all positions and ranks within ACPD.