Join the Police Department
Recruitment and Hiring
We are constantly striving to recruit ambitious and dedicated men and women to serve our community. We are committed to providing a diverse workforce that mirrors the community we serve. Representatives attend career fairs, visit college campuses, and meet with community groups to encourage men and women to apply.
Applicants must be at least age 21, have good employment, police, credit, and personal records; be of good physical and mental health and be able to pass entry-level psychological and polygraph tests. High School or GED required.
When the Martinsville Police Department is hiring, notices will be posted on our department's Facebook page as well as Twitter. An official notice of vacancy will be posted on the City of Martinsville page. Please see the Martinsville Careers website and complete your application when openings are posted.
The Martinsville Police Department is a member of and provides instructors for the Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy. For initial certification as a police officer, an officer attends a basic academy for thirty-two weeks including a 10-week Field Training Program (FTO).
After completion of basic training and the FTO program, officers must recertify with a minimum of forty hours of in-service training every two years, including at least two hours of cultural diversity training. Furthermore, we require all of our officers to complete crisis intervention training (CIT), verbal de-escalation training, and bias-based policing awareness training.
The department also offers specialized training through Department of Criminal Justice Services-certified schools, online courses, and in-house training.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The City provides equal employment opportunity to its employees and applicants for employment on the basis of merit and qualifications without regard to such factors as race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sex, age, or handicap, except where there is a bona fide occupational qualification relating to sex, age, or handicap.
Nature of Work
This is responsible work involving the protection of life and property through the enforcement of laws and ordinances. Work involves responsibility for serving the citizens of Martinsville by protecting life and property, preventing crime, apprehending criminals, and enforcing laws and ordinances in a designated area or an assigned shift. More experienced employees in this class may provide technical guidance to newly-hired employees. Work involves an element of personal danger and employees must be able to act without direct supervision and exercise independent judgment in meeting emergency situations involving a wide range of social, psychological, and legal situations including motor vehicle crashes, misdemeanors, felonies, and family crisis situations. Assignments, and general and special instructions are received from a superior officer who reviews work methods and results through reports, observations and discussions.
Examples of Work
- Patrols an area of the City in a patrol car, or on foot to preserve law and order, prevent and discover the commission of crime, apprehend criminals and offenders, and to enforce all federal and state laws and City ordinances.
- Directs traffic, answers calls, radio complaints, and in-person requests, involving motor vehicle crashes, robberies, and other misdemeanors and felonies; prepares varied related case, offense, and shift reports.
- Conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, interviews witnesses, makes arrests, books and releases prisoners, takes fingerprints, testifies as a witness in court. Issues warnings, summonses, and parking tickets.
- Administers breathalyzer tests to persons arrested while driving under the influence of alcohol after certification by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- Conducts motor vehicle crash investigations, taking safeguards to prevent further crashes; interviews principals and witnesses and takes statements; examines vehicles, roadways, traffic controls; clears obstructions and records data; prepares motor vehicle crash reports.
- Establishes traffic control and police protection at fires and other incidents; performs police duties at parades, processions, sporting and related events. Checks and reports on deficient street lights, signs, and road surfaces; operates radar equipment after certification by the Commonwealth of Virginia; provides information, advice, and assistance to citizens; serves as public relations officer for the Police Department. Operates VCIN terminal (Mobile Data Systems) after appropriate certification.
- Prepares a variety of forms including arrest reports, warrants, offense reports, witness statements and other forms as required; posts data to work sheet. Performs related work as required.
Minimum Qualifications of Work
Candidates for the position of police officer must:
- Be 21 years of age, or within 30 days of their 21st birthday
- Have some experience as a security guard, military police officer, or work involving considerable public contact; requires graduation from high school (or the equivalent)
- Knowledge of the geography of the City, the location of important buildings, and the street system - Some knowledge of the basic principles of police methods and operations
- Ability to cope with a variety of crisis and non-crisis situations firmly, but courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of citizens
- Ability to learn and apply modern police procedures and techniques, principles of investigation and interrogation, and applicable laws and ordinances
- Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to determine proper courses of action under a variety of circumstances dealing with the entire spectrum of human behavior
- Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions
- Ability to express oneself clearly and concisely, orally and in writing
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public
- Ability to maintain compliance with minimum standards for police officers issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Skill in the care and use of firearms
In addition to the requirements and standards set forth in this job description, all applicants for sworn police positions must also meet those conditions and standards set forth in the Martinsville Police Department Employment Application and Selection Manual, which is on file in the Human Resources Office and given to each police officer applicant.
It shall be a requirement of this position to testify and provide information in all aspects of the criminal justice proceedings to prosecute those accused of crimes. Persons who hold this position shall be required to establish integrity through all their interactions with those within the criminal justice system. This integrity shall be established through truthfulness in testimony and by remaining truthful in all aspects of the adjudication process to reach the attainment of justice. If this integrity is ever compromised in any aspect of the criminal justice system, the employee shall be deemed incapable of performing his or her duties as a member of the Martinsville Police Department and it shall be grounds for dismissal.
Police Officer Trainee
An officer shall be employed in the trainee classification until basic law enforcement training is successfully completed through the Department of Criminal Justice Services within the first year. A police officer trainee shall be expected to perform the duties as described herein as a police officer.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and taste or smell.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Physical strength and agility, good general intelligence and emotional stability to meet police duty requirements.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts; in high, precarious places; and with explosives, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.