Careers at the Arlington County Police Department

A rewarding career with unique opportunities to make a difference in the community.
Sworn Officer Position Highlights:

$68,503.50 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
All new hires receive a $3,000 signing bonus
Lateral officer salaries are commensurate with prior law enforcement experience (including military law enforcement) up to 10 years with a maximum starting salary of $87,789
These are just some of the many benefits that come with a career with the Arlington County Police Department. Explore additional information below.

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Arlington is a world-class community and tourist destination located just across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital. Officers serve a diverse, urban and engaged community with an emphasis on community police and problem solving, in support of the Department's key initiatives: community engagement, transportation safety, crime prevention and control and employee wellness. 

V3 Certified

Hire Vets Now event ACPD is a V3 Certified employer that actively recruits veterans to join our ranks. Interested candidates with prior military experience are not subject to the requirement of completing 60 credit hours at a college or university prior to hire. 


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Ambassador Program

Recruiting Event ACPD's Ambassador Program brings officers to college campuses to form relationships with students and professors, with many officers serving as ambassadors to the college or university they previously attended. 



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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.