Police

Become a Police Officer

The City of Fairmont is accepting applications for Police Officer.

Requirements for Applicants: 

Must be between the age of 18 and 40 on the date of application;

Must possess a valid driver’s license;

Must have a high school diploma or GED;

Must within one year of the date of appointment establish and maintain a permanent residence within the boundaries of Marion, Monongalia, Harrison or Taylor Counties.  

Must successfully complete and pass various mandatory examinations.

Applications and informational packets may be obtained at the City of Fairmont, City Clerk’s Office, City/County Complex, 200 Jackson Street, Room 312, Fairmont, WV, until 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2020.  The last day to accept applications is 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 5, 2020.  The written examination will be given on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.  The City of Fairmont offers a $5,000.00 additional monetary incentive for Certified WV Officers. 

Download the Current Application Here (LINK)


Police Officer Civil Service Examination

Once applications are submitted to the City Clerk's Office, the applicant will have to take the Police Officer Civil Service Examination which is a two-hour exam that deals with basic knowledge of:

  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to observe and remember details
  • Ability to problem solve and use logic
  • Ability to use situational judgment
  • Reading comprehension
  • Vocabulary

Physical Exam

The successful applicants that pass the written exam will then have to complete and pass a physical examination whereas each applicant must do:

  • 28 sit-ups in one minute
  • 18 push-ups in one minute 
  • Run 1.5 miles in 14 minutes and 36 seconds or less

Once an applicant passes the written examination and physical agility, he or she will then be ranked by their test score on a list of applicants eligible to be hired as a Probationary Police Officer

Obtain an Application & Further Information

To obtain an application, or for additional information, please contact the Fairmont City Clerk's Office at 304-366-6212, ext. 329 or email the City Clerk.

Benefits

The benefit package for a new hire Police Officer has a starting salary of $39,407 with a salary of $44,585 after one year probation. 

Each Officer will earn 2 weeks vacation after the first year; 12 to 14 paid holidays per year; and 6 personal days per year after the completion of the probationary period. Each Officer is offered PEIA health Insurance. 

The City of Fairmont offers a $5,000 additional monetary incentive for Certified WV Officers.

Fairmont Police Department

The Fairmont Police Department is a 24-hour a day/7 days a week operating department. 

The department consists of 39 sworn officer positions and 7 civilian support staff. All officers receive law enforcement certification through the West Virginia State Police Academy and go through a 16 week Field Training Officer Program. 

Responsibilities

The department answers a wide variety of calls for service, from parking complaints and barking dogs to domestic violence and homicide. We dedicate ourselves to work in partnership with the community to fight crime, reduce fear and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.