Lateral Level

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The Arlington County Police Department seeks qualified police officers to join our team of dedicated sworn and civilian employees as a lateral transfer. We serve a diverse, urban and engaged community with an emphasis on community policing and problem solving, in support of the Department’s key initiatives: community engagement, transportation safety, and crime prevention and control.  

Joining our team as a law enforcement officer has unique benefits and provides challenging opportunities.

Work in a Vibrant, Engaged Community

Located just outside of the Nation’s Capital, Arlington is characterized by its urban sophistication and close-knit neighborhood charm.

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Comprehensive Pay, Benefits and Retirement Package

From recruit to retiree, the benefits offered by Arlington County are competitive and comprehensive. The Arlington County Police Department offers a 37.5 hours work week, with the pay starting at $30.95 an hour. The salary for new officers is $60,352.50 and sworn personnel have a 25 year retirement (67.5-81% at retirement), with no age limit. All new hires receive a $3,000 signing bonus.

*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.

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An Agency That Values You

The Department’s flexible schedule lets patrol officers work a fixed shift, consisting of 15 days on and have two weekends off per month, giving you more free time to spend with family and friends.  The Department takes a holistic approach to officer wellness and has developed programs in partnership with local organizations and other agencies. This programming emphasizes training to provide personnel with the tools and skills to mitigate and manage stress and trauma they encounter on the job.

Learn about our agency initiatives.

We Invest in Your Career

From date of hire, until retirement, officers at the Arlington County Police Department have access to paid career development and training opportunities on leading tactics and emerging issues facing the law enforcement profession.

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Position Highlights

  • $30.95 per hour / $60,352.50 annual starting pay 
  • 25 Year Retirement (No Age Limit)
  • Patrol officers work the equivalent of a 37.5 hour work week with 4 and 5 days off at a time

Getting Started with the Arlington County Police Department

A Virginia lateral transfer officer is someone that is already a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Cervices Certified Law Enforcement Officer. The lateral transfer officer must be currently employed as a law enforcement officer in Virginia in order to be exempt from taking the police entrance exam. All out of state laterals, depending on years of experience, may need to complete either a modified or basic academy for Virginia Certification.

  • All lateral transfers must successfully complete the Field Training Program
  • Will be assigned to a fixed shift with rotating days off upon successful completion of field training
  • Must pass the one-year from date of hire probationary period 

MORE: Read About Our Minimum Qualifications

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Equal Opportunity Employer 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.