Beckley Police Department Hiring

The Beckley Police Department is hiring.

According to Beckley Police Chief Lonnie Christian, applications are being accepted until Oct. 1.

“We encourage anybody to apply who wants to make a positive impact in their community and who wants to have a rewarding career,” said Christian. “It is a stable position. In today’s economy, you never know if the jobs will be there, but in law enforcement, we always have a need.”

“We are looking for a lot of good men and women to help diversify our community,” Christian noted.

Applicants must be between the ages of 18-40, be drug-free, have no criminal background and must pass a written test and a physical agility test, Christian said. For those who may need a little help passing these tests, resources are available.

“Once you send in your application, we have a recruiter who will make contact with you,” Christian continued. Then, the department can provide resources to prepare a person for testing day.

Having visible tattoos is no longer an issue.

“It used to be that law enforcement didn’t allow any visible tattoos, but now we just look at those to make sure that there is nothing that would be obscene or offensive,” Christian stated. “We also allow our officers to grow beards.”

Becoming an officer at the Beckley Police Department provides numerous opportunities for growth, Christian continued. There are many positions within the department that an officer can take including honor guard, mountain bike patrol, motorcycle patrol, road patrol, K-9 unit and Special Response Team.

“Just about anything that you would be interested in from school resource officer to community policing to investigative positions, there are a lot of things that allow a person to grow and move around in that you really can’t do in any other law enforcement position in southern West Virginia,” Christian said.

Beginning officers must become certified through the West Virginia State Police Academy and will undergo comprehensive training before they go out on their own as road patrol officers, Christian explained.

“Once they get a couple of years under their belt, they can advance to our narcotics division, have the potential to get a K-9, or join the detective bureau. Within a year, new officers can join the bike patrol,” Christian said. “We have a lot of different options and a lot of overtime opportunities, so there are many benefits to working for the city.”

Starting wage is $40,450. Those who already have a law enforcement certification will be eligible for a $5,000 sign-on bonus.

Applications may be picked up at the Beckley Police Department located at 501 Neville Street, or online at

Testing begins on Oct. 6.


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