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With state-of-the-art equipment, concurrent jurisdiction with the Norfolk Police, and 54 sworn personnel, the Old Dominion University Police Department is an exciting and fulfilling place to work. Those who receive appointments to this department can expect rewards such as a competitive salary, complete state benefits package including a fully paid medical plan (employee only), paid retirement with eligibility at age 50, and an educational benefit allowing free tuition for 15 semester hours per year, up to and including the doctoral level. Moreover, there are possibilities for assignment in Community Oriented Policing, Investigations or bicycle patrol, and promotional opportunities to the supervisory and managerial level.

Join a progressive Law Enforcement Agency. Join the Old Dominion University Police Department.

If you like working with people, working outdoors, making a difference in the lives of others and have a strong desire to serve your community as well as develop yourself, then you may just be the candidate we are looking for.

Police Officer Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years of age on date of hire
  • Must be a High School graduate or possess a GED (college and/or related experience preferred)
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Must be of good character and reputation as established by a comprehensive background investigation
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and a good driving record
  • Must be able to meet minimum vision requirement, correctable to 20/20 with no color deficiency
  • Must be able to meet hearing standards established for this position
  • Weight must be in proportion to height
  • Must be willing to work rotating shifts, weekends, and holidays

List of Automatic Disqualifiers

Criminal History

  • Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals)
  • Conviction of any Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor, including traffic violations, or the Virginia State Law equivalent within the last 5 years
  • Any conviction of Domestic Violence, including simple assault against a domestic partner, spouse, child or parent
  • Any individual falling into any of the aforementioned criminal history categories, prior to conviction, that enters a plea agreement or other form of sentencing disposition to the reduction of charges will be disqualified from the entry process
  • Commission of undetected crimes of a serious or repetitive nature

Traffic Violations

  • Three or more negative points on a Virginia Operator's License or the equivalent for out of state licenses, and/or two moving violations in any state within the last 12 months
  • Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, or reckless driving or leaving the scene of an accident within the last 5 years


  • Any involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs
  • Illegal possession of anabolic steroids within the last 5 years
  • Illegal possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the last 12 months
  • Illegal possession of heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens or any other schedule 1 or 2 drug, or any derivative thereof, as defined in the Code of Virginia within the last 10 years


  • Demonstrated history of financial responsibility. Problems with credit will be evaluated on a case by case basis, and issues that are not the result of the repetitive poor judgment of the applicant will not normally be disqualifying.


  • Dishonorable discharge from any military service (less than honorable discharge will be reviewed on a case by case basis)
  • Untruthfulness or the intentional withholding of information on any application, interview or paperwork associated with the position
  • Deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements may remove you from further consideration for employment
  • Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position

Physical Ability

Those selected to compete for police officer positions undergo a physical ability test, an oral board interview, and a comprehensive background investigation prior to an offer of employment. Post employment offer requirements include a medical evaluation. The physical ability test is pass/fail. Candidates may only repeat one (1) event, on the test day.

  • The physical ability test is used to measure your ability to perform critical and common tasks that law enforcement officers are called upon to do. The test attempts to simulate strenuous tasks that you will almost certainly be required to perform as part of your law enforcement duties, if selected. Your ability to perform tasks such as those represented on the test is critical to your safety, as well as that of the public you will protect.
  • The physical ability test consists of four (4) events, each of which must be completed in a specific time period. The events are listed below in the order in which you will perform them as well as the standards by which your performance will be evaluated, a brief description of the event, and its relationship to the job of a police officer are provided.
    • TRIGGER PULL: Using one hand, pull the trigger of a provided handgun completely through a firing cycle 25 times. Repeat with each hand. The trigger pulls must be non-stop, without rest. This event simulates firing the service weapon under highly stressful or physically demanding situations.
    • ONE-QUARTER MILE RUN: Run one lap around a designated track, for a total of 1/4 mile. The time limit is 2 minutes. This event simulates a non-obstacle foot pursuit
    • SHORT OBSTACLE COURSE: From a seated position in a police car, open the door and run approximately 50 yards to a bleacher, step up on the first level with one foot, then the other, then step down in the same order. Repeat 12 times, must be up/up, down/down motion. Next, run approximately 30 yards to a 4 ft. chain-link fence, jump/climb over the fence, run another 50 yards, turn around, run back and renegotiate the fence, and return to the police car. The time limit is 1 minute and 25 seconds. This event simulates a short foot pursuit in which common obstacles must be overcome.
    • VEHICLE PUSH: Push a police car, on a relatively level surface, a distance of twenty (20) feet. The time limit is 25 seconds. This event simulates pushing a disabled vehicle far enough out of the way as not to present a traffic hazard.


If you are interested in this outstanding career opportunity, check the Old Dominion University, Human Resources Department web page, or the Commonwealth of Virginia's Employment web site. The Old Dominion University Police Department recruits police officers, as well as dispatchers and security officers, as needed, and we are frequently in a hiring posture

How to Apply

Submit a completed online application listing the position applied for to the Old Dominion University, Department of Human Resources by the closing date listed in the announcement. For information on positions currently available, please contact Human Resources at 757-683-3042 or visit the Human Resources website at www.odu.edu/humanresources.