Career Opportunities


Thanks for your interest in career opportunities with the Salem Police Department. We provide a wide array of public protective services consistent with the function of most police agencies in America. With the City of Salem Virginia however, the police department goes beyond the common descriptors of “customary and traditional” to the phenomenal, higher levels of professional service!

As such, the Salem Police Department seeks individuals who are not only physically and emotionally prepared to engage in this most honorable profession, but are academically and mentally prepared to exercise good judgment based upon rational thought.

The law enforcement profession has in times past been portrayed as a rigorous, demanding endeavor in which brawn and physical prowess have been the desirable features for an applicant to possess. Modern strategies and technologies have for the most part dismissed this perception. The police officer of this day must be analytical and proficient with information technology. Communication skills are essential. In short we look for people-friendly, compassionate and service-oriented personalities.

Our motto at Salem Police is “ready to serve.” We practice this daily; we continually center our thinking and the way we do our jobs on this concept. Are you up to the challenge to serve? If you are, I am looking forward to reviewing your application and possibly making you a part of “our family.”


Police Officer Salary: $34,278.00

Telecommunicator Salary: $31,075.00

Annual educational incentive pay based upon the number of college credit hours:

  • Graduate Degree - $2,000
  • Bachelor’s Degree - $1,500
  • 90 credit hours - $1,100
  • Associate Degree or 65 credit hours - $1,000
  • 32 credit hours - $500

Paid leave based on years of service.

Paid holidays.

Partial paid individual health insurance (family/dependant coverage is available at group rates).

Retirement under Virginia Retirement System (this provides retirement, disability and life insurance).

Paid yearly physical examination.

Uniforms and equipment furnished.

ICMA deferred compensation plan is available.

For Emergencies Please Dial 911


Call (540) 375-3078


36 East Calhoun St.
Salem, Virginia 24153


(540) 375-4015




8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday

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