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 Chief of Police

Operating under a Council-Manager form of government, the Town seeks an innovative, experienced and proactive Chief of Police who will foster collaborative relationships within the organization and the community at large. The Chief will implement existing community policing and is expected to be on the leading edge of public safety innovation. The Chief of Police leads at several levels; as a member of the organization’s leadership team, as the leader and the public face of the Smithfield Police Department, and as an individual who is actively involved in building a better and safer Smithfield community. The Chief of Police is expected to embrace and deliver on the mission: “…to provide the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Town of Smithfield a dynamic, responsive, professional police department that forms a partnership with the community in order to preserve law and order, and achieve mutually beneficial goals and objectives, and provide security and safety services in the most efficient and effective manner.”

 The Community

 Located on the banks of the Pagan River in Isle of Wight County, Smithfield was first colonized in 1634.  Currently the Town has an approximate population of 8,364 and is approximately 10.1 square miles in size.  Smithfield offers residents a small-town atmosphere, a good school system, affordable housing and a historic downtown.  Once a commercial center for shipping, Smithfield has evolved to host one of the largest meat-processing industries as well as the home to one of Hampton Roads’ largest employers, Smithfield Foods, Inc.  Smithfield’s Historic District boasts over 70 buildings of exceptional architectural importance, including residences of the Colonial, Federal and Victorian periods. 

 About the Smithfield Police Department

 The Smithfield Police Department is an accredited agency and maintains the highest standards established for professional law enforcement agencies.  The Department consists of a Chief of Police, a Deputy Chief of Police, 2 Lieutenants, 5 Sergeants, a Crime Prevention Specialist, 12 Police Officers and 4 Administrative Staff. The Department is a full-service agency and provides a wide range of services normally associated with much larger departments.  They include a variety of specialty teams such as a bicycle patrol, police boat, motorcycle unit, and emergency response teams.

 The Department is involved in a variety of crime prevention programs that encourage the use of strategies to eliminate or reduce the opportunity for crime. These include numerous educational programs and school resource activities that facilitate intervention strategies specifically for youth. Additionally, the Department provides a variety of crime prevention programs tailored for both business and homeowners that emphasize safety and reduction of criminal opportunity. The Department maintains strong professional affiliations with federal, state and local agencies in a variety of regional and intra-agency services.

 About the Position

 The Following attitudes, capabilities and demonstrated skills are essential to serve effectively as the Chief of Police in the Town of Smithfield. Key duties may include, but are not limited to:

  •  Defines and communicates Police operational and strategic information and communicates same to Town Manager, and Town Council.
  • Enhance commitment to community policing by engaging the Town’s leadership, Police Department and public as co-producers of safety.
  • Embraces the best policing strategies management practices, and the development of skills in the workforce that promote visionary leadership throughout the organization and a well-trained professional and customer service oriented workforce that will provide excellent police service.
  • Prevents and reduces crime and conditions that create social disorder by provisioning a full range of high-quality that foster an environment of public trust and confidence.
  • Assesses, develops and implements innovative solutions, policies, and procedures, and organizational systems that result in excellent police practices.
  • Plans, directs, supervises and coordinates the activities of the Police Department personnel in preserving order, protecting life and property, and in enforcing laws and ordinances.
  • Cultivates positive community relations by interacting with civic and community groups
  • Performs general law enforcement work and receives and responds to 911 calls as dictated by staffing, unusual circumstances or workload demands.
  • Maintains and builds morale within the Department.
  • Must serve on an -on-call basis 24 hours a day in order to respond to emergencies.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  •  A Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice, public administration or closely related field is required
  • Must have six to ten (6-10) years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience to include patrol, investigations and supervision
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Virginia Drivers’ License
  • Must embrace and practice the principles of Community Policing
  • Must possess active firearms certification, CPR and first aid certification, and law enforcement certification.  Prior to final selection, candidate must qualify with the department issued firearm.
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to serve on an on-call basis 24 hours per day to respond to emergencies
  • Must be a graduate of a recognized law enforcement leadership institute of the United States
  • Must have no felony convictions
  • Excellent communication skills, with experience in public and media relations
  • Must be a team and relationship builder
  • Experience in financial management and budgeting
  • Residency in the Town of Smithfield or immediate surrounding area is preferred

 Salary: The Town of Smithfield is offering a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience with a salary range of $83,717 - $129,852. The Town also has a competitive benefits backage including health insurance, dental insurance, participation in the Virginia Retirement System, group life insurance, short and long term disability plans, and paid time off among others.

Apply online at www.smithfieldva.gov. Resumes should accompany completed applications and should be sent to arogers@smithfieldva.gov



Patrol Officer

The Smithfield Police Department is currently taking applications for the position of Patrol Officer.  Testing will be held at Main Street Baptist Church (517 Main Street, Smithfield) on April 29, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. 

The Patrol Officer performs general law enforcement work in order to preserve public peace and order, to protect lives, property and rights of the public, to enforce the laws, and to diminish crime and provide a safe environment in the Town of Smithfield.  Work involves patrolling of Town to deter crime or apprehend and/or arrest violators or suspects; responding to calls for law enforcement assistance and gathering information for criminal investigations.  


  • Reduces the commission of crimes and maintains law enforcement by deterrence through high visibility patrol throughout the Town. Apprehends and/or arrests persons who violate statutory law and/or municipal ordinances.
  • Monitors radio calls; communicates with radio dispatcher and responds to complaints, reports of criminal events, requests for law enforcement, and domestic or public disputes.  Inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments.
  • Secures crime scenes.
  • Gathers information in criminal investigations by interviewing victims, witnesses and suspects; performs searches of people, vehicles and buildings; prepares investigative reports of findings, facts and related information; makes arrests and processes arrested suspects. Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis for probable cause for criminal acts; and testifies in court.
  • Enforces traffic laws and regulations.  Detects traffic violators; performs traffic accident investigations and makes reports.  Facilitates the movement of traffic and pedestrians around accidents, disabled traffic control devices or heavily congested areas.  Assists disabled motorists.  Directs traffic for funerals and other public gatherings.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergency scenes and disaster areas.
  • Serves criminal warrants and search warrants.
  • Completes and/or reviews paperwork documenting shift activities, offenses and incidents, victim and suspect statements and other related information.  
  • Assists other law enforcement personnel and agencies.
  • Transports prisoners.
  • Participates in a variety of law enforcement training and maintains certifications; and may train other personnel on radar, firearms, chemical agents, etc.
  • Engages in public relations and community service activities and events to promote a positive image for the Department and to build cooperative and collaborative relationships with the community.
  • May perform boat patrolling duties on adjacent waterways.
  • Must serve on an on-call basis 24 hours a day as assigned.
  • Maintains equipment and work area.
  • Completes miscellaneous paperwork, time sheets, etc.
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Associate’s Degree or equivalent  combination of work and training preferred
  • Graduation from law enforcement academy is preferred
  • Must possess the ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear reports
  • Must possess the ability to deal professionally, courteously and fairly with the public
  • Must possess the ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances
  • Must possess the ability to become skilled in the use of firearms and the operation of police vehicles;
  • Must possess the ability and willingness to serve on an on-call basis 24 hours per day as assigned
  • Must have a clear drivers’ license with no criminal or motor vehicle record.
  • Must have no felony convictions.

Individuals who have tattoos of any kind that are visible while wearing the official uniform of the Smithfield Police Department (i.e. forearms, legs, hands, neck or face) are not eligible for consideration.  The parameters of this restriction include tattoos on the forearms and/or legs that cannot be completely covered by long sleeve uniform and pants while on duty.


The conditions herein 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 job functions.

 Environment: Reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping environments with travel from site to site. The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration; potentially hostile environments; extensive public contact.

 The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate but may be very loud due to sirens, firearm training, etc. Incumbents required to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends, and may be required to travel outside Town boundaries to attend meetings.

 Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a law enforcement setting and an office setting; restrain or subdue individuals; walk, stand, sit, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift and/or move heavy weights; operate office equipment including use of computer keyboard; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to speak and hear to exchange information; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to various locations; ability to operate and use specialized law enforcement tools and equipment including guns and handcuffs.

 Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

 Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.




We consider applications for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.