The Portsmouth police department is a progressive organization, compromised of highly motivated professional officers dedicated to the principles of community policing and the service of the citizens of Portsmouth. Our officers are trained to face the responsibilities of an ever-changing society.
As a Portsmouth police officer you will have the opportunity to work in a family oriented environment, and experience a well-rounded and fulfilling career in law enforcement. A career with the Portsmouth Police Department offers a secure position with the opportunity to further your education, obtain specialized training in various aspects of law enforcement, and to participate in a promotional process that offers advancement to the highest levels of the department. Under the Virginia Retirement System, you can retire at the age of 50 with 25 years of service.
As a police officer in the city of Portsmouth, you will have the opportunity to perform a wide variety of law enforcement duties. You will be expected to answer any calls for service in your assigned beat, as well as assist other officers. You will perform all types of traffic and drug law enforcement, and be an integral part in a variety of basic investigations.