Last modified on September 15, 2023 at 8:15 am


Thank you for your interest in joining the Elkins Police Department. The City of Elkins Police Department is recruiting for the police force to further its mission to provide public safety and maintain order while upholding the United States Constitution and the West Virginia Constitution. Elkins police officers pledge to the principles of integrity, fairness, respect, and professionalism at all times.

Hiring Incentives


WV Certified Officers

Applicants holding current certification as West Virginia law enforcement officers at time of hiring are eligible for a $15,000 incentive paid on hiring and an additional $5,000 paid after two years of satisfactory service. To be eligible for this incentive, officers also must not have been terminated from a law enforcement agency or be under investigation.

These incentives obligate the recipients as follows:

  • $15,000 incentive must be repaid if the officer resigns within two years of hire date. Repayment of this $15,000 must be complete no later than two years after the effective date of resignation.
  • $5,000 incentive must be repaid if the officer resigns within one year after receipt. Repayment of this $5,000 must be complete no later than two years after the effective date of resignation.

Uncertified Officers

Applicants who are not yet certified as West Virginia law enforcement officers at time of hiring are eligible to receive a $3,000 incentive paid upon achieving certification after successful completion of the academy. These officers are eligible for an additional $1,500 incentive paid after two years of satisfactory service.

These incentives obligate the recipient as follows:

  • $3,000 incentive must be repaid if the officer resigns within two years of hire date. Repayment of this $3,000 must be complete no later than two years after the effective date of resignation.
  • $1,500 incentive must be repaid if the officer resigns within one year after receipt. Repayment of this $1,500 must be complete no later than two years after the effective date of resignation.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Enforces city, county, and state laws; initiates investigations into violations of those laws.
  • Patrols, protects, and responds to calls for protection of life and property in the assigned jurisdiction.
  • Issues citations, makes arrests, and/or warns drivers about unlawful practices.
  • Directs traffic and traffic flow during emergencies or because of congestion.
  • Collaborates with other law enforcement agencies and emergency services staff in emergencies.
  • Operates specialized and tactical equipment and conducts accident investigation and riot control.
  • Drafts, maintains, and reviews records on investigations, arrests, and all other departmental actions.
  • Communicates regularly with superiors regarding departmental matters, case and investigation progress, and public relations needs.
  • Participates in public hearings, media and press interviews, and other public relations events required to inform the public.

Compensation & Other Benefits

The City Of Elkins Police Department provides a competitive compensation and benefits package to its officers.

  • First year: $18.85/hr + OT, haz. duty pay, longevity pay ($500)
  • Starting second year: $19.83/hr + OT, haz. duty pay, longevity pay ($3,500)
  • Compensation increases: Officers receive pay increases upon achievement of a new rank.
  • Overtime: Paid at one and one-half times base hourly rate.
  • Take-home cruiser (maximum 35 road miles one way)
  • Annual leave: Starting at 78 hours per year, with periodic increases
  • Personal days: Three per year after first January 1 worked
  • Sick leave: 130 hours per year
  • Holidays: Eleven paid holidays per year (with two additional during federal election years)
  • Health insurance: Employer pays majority of WV PEIA health insurance coverage
  • Life insurance: Employer pays for first $10,000; additional coverage available at minimal employee cost
  • Retirement: West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System defined benefit pension plan

The Hiring Process

  • City announces a new test date (tests consist of an online exam, physical fitness testing, and interviews by the three members of the appropriate civil service commission). These announcements are made via newspaper advertisements as well as the city’s informational email list (sign up using form in right sidebar of any page on this website) and Facebook page.
  • Applicants follow instructions to apply.
  • Applicants should immediately begin training for the physical fitness test, because many candidates fail it. The physical testing requirements are:
    1. Upper Body Strength: Applicant must be able to complete 18 properly executed push-ups within one minute.
    2. Muscular Endurance: Applicant must be able to complete 28 properly executed sit-ups within one minute.
    3. Aerobic Power: Applicant must be able to complete the 1.5 mile run within 00:14:36.
  • Written exam scores, interview scores, and various adjustments (e.g., points for military service, etc.) are used to generate a score for each applicant.
  • Applicants are ranked by score on the new “eligible list”, which is then published and provided to the relevant department (i.e., police or fire). This concludes the civil service commission’s role in the hiring process.
  • When the department has an opening to fill, it evaluates the top candidates (medical and psychological testing, polygraph, background check, and interview with the chief). Applicants who make it through all of these steps are then offered employment.
  • Lists are good for three years or until all candidates have been either offered employment or rejected by the relevant department.
  • Low placement on the list does not necessarily mean you will not be hired. The police department’s hiring process often eliminates many candidates (usually because of the polygraph test).
This list is offered for informational purposes only; legislative and administrative changes may result in a different order to or modification of some steps.

Throughout this process, the most important thing is patience: between placing on the list and being offered employment, a year or two (or more) might elapse. Law enforcement is a calling, not a job. If you feel truly called to serve, be patient and do not give up, and we look forward to swearing you in!

Minimum Training & Experience

  • Police applicants must be 18-45 years old on the day of the written exam.
  • Must be able to pass a physical exam, drug screening, and law enforcement qualification tests.
  • Possession of valid drivers license.
  • Applicants who are currently West Virginia certified law enforcement officers will not need to attend the full state police academy.

Advisory to Police Applicants

Because the Elkins Police Department holds its police officers to high standards, we subject all applicants to:

  • Exhaustive background investigations. These include but are not limited to searches of government databases for arrests, convictions, and confirmation of details about military service. We also conduct interviews of family members, employers, and acquaintances. These interviews are not limited to people who have agreed to provide you with references. We interview anyone we choose.
  • Medical and psychological testing. Not everyone is suited for police work, either mentally or physically. We use board-certified physicians and psychologists to ensure that applicants meet our stringent medical and psychological standards. (You must also pass a challenging physical fitness test during the application process. Many applicants fail this test, so please see the attached explanation for details and start training now.)
  • Polygraph testing. All applicants will be interviewed by an FBI-certified polygraph technician. Some people believe that they can fool a polygraph test. Those people are wrong. Applicants attempting to conceal past actions that are incompatible with service as a police officer will be identified and rejected.

In addition to past criminal activity, we are also searching for any other factors that indicate poor judgment or weak moral character. Grounds for rejection include (but are not limited to):

  • Past termination for cause from other law enforcement agencies.
  • Termination for certain causes by other past employers.
  • Drug use or related activity, even if you were never arrested or convicted of a crime.
  • Chronic unexplained credit delinquency. (We understand that honest people experience hardships. We are willing to consider your circumstances, but we cannot hire officers who show an unjustifiable pattern of failing to fulfill contracts and agreements.)
  • Personal indiscretions. Examples include but are not limited to inappropriate pictures on the internet, a reputation for disorderly behavior or violence, and any indications of an inability to show professionalism toward all members of our community.

Tattoo Policy:

  • No offensive tattoos (the chief will be the final judge of whether a tattoo is deemed offensive).
  • No tattoos visible when wearing long-sleeved uniform.

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This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

The City of Elkins is an equal-opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

For More Information

Travis Bennett

Police Chief

401 Davis Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
304.636.1414 ext. 1535 (office)

Steve Poage


401 Davis Avenue
Elkins, WV 26241
304.636.0678 (office)
304.636.7866 (fax)

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