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Job Requirements

Please note that the entire application process can take several months to complete and each step must be passed in order to move to the next step. If an applicant does not pass to go onto the next phase of testing, they must wait one year from date of notification to reapply.

The intent of this job-description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that would be required of this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Incumbent may be required to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this job description.

The City of Lexington is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in its workforce.

Essential Functions

  • May perform assigned duties alone or in the presence of a superior officer.

  • Patrols assigned area in radio car; checks doors, windows and premises of unoccupied buildings or residences in order to detect suspicious conditions.

  • Conducts or assists in investigations of suspicious condition, complaints or criminal activity.

  • May direct traffic, make arrests, issue violation tickets, warnings, etc. in regard to traffic enforcement.

  • Maintains order of crowds and attends parades, funerals and other public gatherings.

  • Prepares and compiles reports and maintains police records.

  • Gives information concerning the location of streets, routes and buildings; directs traffic at intersections or at emergency scenes.

  • Conducts tests to determine intoxication.


Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or verifiable GED.

  • Minimum age of 21 and must be a citizen of the United States.

  • Possession of a valid Driver's License and upon employment, the ability to possess and maintain a valid Commonwealth of Virginia Driver's License.

  • In good physical and mental health as determined by licensed physicians designated by the City.

  • Vision requirements of 20/100 uncorrected in each eye, correctable to 20/30 in each eye must be met.

  • Must have no felony convictions and have no misdemeanor convictions involving perjury, a false statement or moral turpitude.

  • Military personnel must have an honorable discharge and supply form DD-214, DD-256 or NGB22 where applicable.

  • Must successfully complete the application, testing, and background process.

  • Of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.


Job Based Competencies

  • Ability to acquire thorough knowledge of City laws and ordinance, State statutes, geography, departmental policies, regulations and procedures, first-aid methods, and the use and care of firearms, intermediate weapons, empty hand control tactics and motor vehicles.

  • Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergencies.

  • Ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, and general public.

  • Ability to learn a wide variety of police duties and methods within a reasonable training period.


Physical Requirements:

This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, finger dexterity, grasping and feeling. Vocal communication is required for conveying detailed or important instructions to others accurately, loudly, or quickly. Hearing is required to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound. Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities. The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, and oils. The worker may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.


 Please have a digital copy (.pdf or .docx) of your resume and cover letter ready for upload before beginning this application. 

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