Please review this webpage in its entirety for the list of disqualifiers that prevent employment and instructions for completing an application.

Employment Opportunities

Support Services Officer

The Ashland Police Department is conducting a selection process for qualified candidates for the position of: Support Services Officer.

The Ashland Police Department is seeking qualified individuals to fill the full-time, civilian position of Support Services Officer.  Primary duties will include providing excellent service by phone, digital communication and in-person to a wide variety of stakeholders. The selected candidate will be someone who has successfully held similar positions, while showing fairness as well as patience, humility, and a sense of humor while dealing with internal and external customers.

The ideal candidate will have experience in a records environment and data entry; be familiar with regulation governing law enforcement records to include, CJIS, IBR, VCIN, Library of Virginia and FOIA; will have experience in a dynamic workplace that is transitioning to a paperless environment and can embrace using new technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the agency. 

Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma, 3 to 5 years of experience in a clerical position; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Applicants must be at least 18 years old. A background check, driving record check, and pre-employment drug screening is required.
This is a full-time position with excellent fringe benefits with an anticipated starting salary between $31,747 and $34,000 a year. General working hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with occasional nights and weekends as required.

Qualified candidates can apply by completing a Town of Ashland Employment Application by clicking here and emailing the completed application to Wanda Cornwell at wcornwell@ashlandva.gov.

Closing date for this position is Monday, February 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Any questions may be directed to Cheryl Bookwalter at (804) 412-0602 or by emailing cbookwalter@ashlandpolice.us

The Town of Ashland is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Certified Law Enforcement Officer

The Ashland Police Department is continually accepting applications from Virginia DCJS certified law enforcement officers for future potential positions. To apply, click here.

For more information about employment opportunities for Virginia certified law enforcement officers at APD, call Lt. Marie Kemp at (804) 412-0600, ext. 610 or email by clicking here.

The Ashland Police Department is comprised of men and women highly motivated to provide quality law enforcement services to its citizens, businesses and visitors. We pride ourselves in partnering with the community in a unified effort to combat crime and keep our streets safe

If you believe in public service...
If you believe in community policing..
If you want a challenging, yet rewarding career...
If you want to make a difference...
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Then look no further. Join the APD family and become a member of a professional and CALEA - Internationally Accredited agency.

Recruiting Video

Click here to view our recruiting video for more information about career opportunities at APD.

Job Duties, Qualifications & Disqualifiers


A Police Officer's duties include, but are not limited to the following: 

  • Responding to calls for service
  • Investigating crimes
  • Conducting proactive patrols
  • Enforcing criminal and traffic codes
  • Testifying in court
  • Completing various forms of paperwork 

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age, possess a valid Virginia operator's license, be a US Citizen, be a high school graduate or possess a GED, and possess a sound financial background. College level course work and military experience are highly valued.




Anyone who meets the following criteria is ineligible:

Any felony or serious misdemeanor convictions, or any other criminal activity that indicates a tendency to disregard the law or reflects moral turpitude or any other behavior that would bring discredit to the Ashland Police Department.
Distribution of narcotics
Marijuana use within the past two years
Use of any illegal substances, such as cocaine, heroin, LSD, Anabolic Steroids, etc…Adderall and other non-prescribed scheduled substances will be examined on a case by case basis, but there can be no use in the last two years.
Any alcohol or drug related driving convictions, such as DUI. 
Conviction of Domestic Assault. 
Conviction of a Crime of Moral Turpitude. 
Conviction of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor related to a Sexual Offense.
A currently revoked or suspended operator’s license will disqualify an applicant from further consideration.
A history of flagrant driving offenses (i.e. reckless driving, hit & run, failure to stop for police officer, or numerous speeding offenses) will be cause for applicant disqualification.
Prior military applicants may have no less than a full honorable discharge.
Commission of undetected crimes that are recent, serious, or repetitive in nature. 
Failure to accurately report information or lack of completeness in filling out the Personal History Statement (this may be considered an attempt to deceive or an act of dishonesty).

Applicant Selection Process

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This selection process includes the following:

•  Physical Agility Test (LawFit Work Performance Test; for a preview and detailed description of the test click here.) Applicants must submit a completed Physician's Statement prior to attempting the Physical Agility Test, which can be downloaded by clicking here. Completed Physician's Statements may be turned in at the test site the day of the Physical Agility Test.
•  Panel Interviews.
•  Polygraph Examinations.
•  Background Investigations.
•  Ride Along/Chief’s Interview.
•  Medical Screenings/Psychological (MMPI).

Salary & Benefits



(DCJS certified officers selected for hire may have a higher starting salary based on training and experience)


Here are just some of the outstanding benefits associated with the Police Officer position: 

  • Excellent Health & Dental Insurance
  • Participation in the Virginia Retirement System
  • Participation in a 457 deferred compensation program
  • Town sponsored life insurance
  • Paid Time Off Program - 160 hours first year, 1 paid day off per month for holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 4-step Career Development Program – 4.5% increase per step every 2 years
  • Night Shift differential
  • Higher Education Reimbursement Program
  • Wellness/Fitness Program Bonus
  • Take Home Vehicle

In 2018 and 2019, the Town of Ashland was chosen as
one of the best workplaces in the Richmond region.

The Ashland Police Department is continually accepting applications from Virginia DCJS certified law enforcement officers for future potential positions. To apply, click here.

For a confidential review of qualifications and realistic job preview, please email Lieutenant Marie Kemp by clicking here or call (804) 412-0600, ext. 610.

The Ashland Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.