Benefits & Requirements


The Christiansburg Police Department sends its recruits to the Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy. Some subject areas included in the training are:

  • Virginia Criminal Law
  • Patrol Techniques
  • Communications
  • Firearms
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Physical fitness


  • Competitive Salary
  • Virginia Supplemental Retirement System
  • Health Insurance (Prescription, Life Insurance, Dental and Eye Care)
  • Sick Leave (1 1/4 days a month)
  • Holidays (11 1/2 a year)
  • Vacation Days (1 day a month- increase with length of service)
  • Uniforms
  • Additional Specialized Schools


  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or
  • General Education Development Certificate
  • Possess a valid driver’s license in the state of Virginia
  • Possess a high moral standard, a conviction for a felony or serious misdemeanor will result in a disqualification
  • Must be able to write routine reports and correspondence clearly and concisely
  • Must be able to communicate with people in a polite, courteous, and firm manner
  • Must be able to work various shifts
  • Computer experience and/or knowledge a must (reports entered into a laptop computer mounted in the patrol unit)