Police Department | 501 Neville St. Beckley, WV 25801 | 304-256-1720 | 304-256-1721

Come join our team and make a difference. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Applications can be submitted online or in person at the Beckley Police Department located at 501 Neville Street Beckley, WV 25801. If you have any questions, please contact Sgt. D. J. Bailey at (304) 256-1847

Officer Base Salary and Benefits

  • $50,530 AS OF August 2023
  • After completion of one year $1,000.00 increase
  • $5,000 bonus after completion of one year if you are already WV LET Certified
  • $2,500 bonus after completion of one year if you are currently Certified LET from another state and WV LET accepts certification
  • College degree incentives after completion of one year:
    • Associate $1,200 per year increase
    • Bachelor $2,400 per year increase
    • Master $1,800 per year increase (plus bachelor increase)
  • Full pay, plus all equipment and transportation while at the Academy
  • Ability to live within a 50-air mile radius from Beckley Corporate Limits
  • Civil Service agency benefits
  • In house fitness center and wellness plan
  • Vacation leave – accrue 80 hours first year and maxes out at 200 per year
  • Sick Leave
  • Holidays – currently 12 “legal holidays” plus any other state or federal declared holidays
  • Retirement after 20 years’ service, City of Beckley Policemen’s Pension & Relief Fund
  • Educational assistance (half tuition reimbursement)
  • Individual or Family Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance – $20,000 (no charge to employee)
  • Also, several other payroll deductible plans available to you as a City Employee
    • Deferred Comp
    • Long Term Disability Insurance
    • Supplemental Group Life Insurance
    • Credit Union
    • Direct Deposit

Application Process

Beckley Police Officers are entrusted with responsibility to keep our city safe from crime. Therefore, a history of ethical and moral behavior is of the utmost importance. Your background will be looked at very closely. Candidates who have a history of unethical or immoral behavior will not be hired. You will be subjected to an intensive background evaluation, which will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Your past behavior and the choices you have made must demonstrate positive traits that will support your candidacy for Police Officer and reflect favorably on your character.
  • You must have a history of lawful conduct.
  • You must possess high standards of honesty and integrity as demonstrated by your dealings with individuals and organizations. Falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting information on any document during the selection process will be closely scrutinized.
  • You must respect the rights of all people and have an appreciation for diversity. A history of domestic violence, physical altercations, or discourteous, abusive, or violent treatment of others may indicate a lack of self-discipline, unwillingness or inability to cooperate, or a disregard for the rights of others.
  • You must have a history of making responsible choices regarding the use of drugs and alcohol.
  • Your employment, educational and military (if applicable) histories must demonstrate the motivation and success-orientation needed to succeed as a Police Officer.
  • Your financial and driving records must demonstrate responsible decisions and appropriate behavior.
  • The Beckley Police Department uses The National Police Officer Selection Test (POST). For study guides and practice test follow this link – https://www.applytoserve.com/Study/

Please don’t hesitate to get with Sgt. David J. Bailey, at 304-256-1847 or recruiting@beckleypd.com if you have any other questions.



Don’t do drugs! If you do, stop now!

Most agencies allow for some experimentation, but beyond that, a candidate may be disqualified.

Don’t let alcohol use creep up on you!

Abuse of alcohol leads to a whole host of disqualifying areas: fighting, driving under the influence, and poor health.

Protect your driving privilege!

Agencies look at the number of tickets you have received, vehicle accidents, and license suspensions.

Make fitness a way of life!

Law enforcement is a strenuous job in which your safety can depend upon being physically fit.

Pay your bills!

Agencies regard how you handle your finances as a way to determine your level of responsibility and maturity.

Honesty is its own reward!

Many candidates are eliminated for not maintaining high standards of personal conduct. The job of a Police Office requires being honest and ethical.

Sharpen your writing skills!

People underestimate how important writing is to a Police Officer. Many candidates are unsuccessful in testing due to poor writing skills, grammar, punctuation, and poor spelling.

Your job history is critically important!

No matter what job you have, make a good impression on your employer. It will pay off when background investigations are conducted. AVOID TERMINATION!

Strengthen your self-esteem! Set your values and be true to them!

We need officers who are assertive, self-confident, outgoing, personable, and interact well with all persons. These factors are directly related to self-esteem.

Peer pressure is a very powerful force, but the real test for a person is the ability to be true to his or her values.