Virginia Beach, VA
$64,061 - $99,295 USD yearly
The City of Virginia Beach Police Department is the largest municipal law enforcement agency in Virginia, providing a safe community for our residents by delivering quality police services and enforcing laws with equity and impartiality.  Our sworn Helicopter unit is seeking a highly qualified helicopter pilot to join the team.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Operate a police helicopter in support of patrol missions involving fleeing suspects, missing persons, and all scenarios supporting on ground patrol function
  • Adhere to all FAA regulations and directives regarding flight operations
  • Ascertain operational assignments and conduct pre-flight inspection of the aircraft while on duty
  • Monitor weather conditions prior to flying that may be hazardous and/or adversely impact flight operations
  • Configure the aircraft for safe flight operation
  • Conduct all flight operations in accordance with FAA regulations, Aircraft Flight Manual and Standard operating Procedures, and internal unit or department policies
  • Maintain aircraft flight records along with documenting their own flight hours
  • Assist with minor aircraft maintenance and hangar areas when necessary
  • Performs these and other job duties requiring the skills, knowledge and physical requirements as demanded by those duties described or less.  Individual assignments will be determined by the supervisor based on then current workloads and department needs.  
  • Understand and operate mission equipment when required; to include FLIR and Trakka.
  • May receive ancillary tasking such as Unit Safety Officer, TFO Coordinator or other administrative tasks.
  • Perform other job duties requiring skills, knowledge and physical requirements as demanded by those
    duties described or less. Individual assignments will be determined by the supervisor based on then
    current workloads and department needs.


Day or night shift depending on the units needs.  Candidate will work 4 days a week for 10.5 hour days, including a half hour unpaid lunch. 

The City offers a generous benefits package, which includes health, dental and life insurance, retirement and savings plans, maternity/paternity and parental leave holidays and Paid-Time-Off.


The following is a listing of "disqualifiers" or concerns that could result in you not being selected for employment. Please give consideration to these factors before applying. This is not an exhaustive listing.

Criminal History:  Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals).  Conviction of any Class 1 or Class 2 misdemeanor, excluding traffic violations which are discussed separately, or the Virginia State Law equivalent within the last 5 years.

Traffic Violations:  Any conviction of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to take blood or breath test, eluding police, racing, or leaving the scene of an accident within the last 5 years.

Drugs:  Any involvement in the sale of illegal drugs as an adult.   Any illegal use or possession of any illegal drug, including but not limited to heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, or any derivative thereof (except marijuana) within the last five years.  Illegal possession of anabolic steroids within the last 36 months.

Official City Job Description:

Working Conditions:

Minimum Requirements:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: High school or GED, possession of a Commercial Pilot Certificate with rotorcraft helicopter rating with a minimum of 1,500 hours Pilot in Command (PIC) rotorcraft helicopter flight time and 500 hours turbine rotorcraft helicopter flight time, possess a current FAA required Class 2 Medical Certificate and successfully pass a drug screening and background investigation. Must have, or obtain, a current and valid Virginia or North Carolina driver’s license in accordance with Virginia or North Carolina DMV driver’s license eligibility requirements.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be able to work in inclement weather and rotating shifts (days/evenings) including weekends and holidays and be available to work overtime when required to meet operational needs. This is a safety sensitive position and is subject to drug testing. Positive drug test results may result in counseling and/or discipline, up to and including, termination. Specific requirements will be determined and communicated by the employee’s supervisor based on position assigned.
Must be a U.S. citizen or must have lawfully resided in the U.S. for a ten year period for VCIN/CJIS

Additional Requirements:

DMV Transcript:  Required
CDL:  Not Required                                       
DOT History:  Not Required                                                 
CPS Check:  Not Required
Physical:  Not Required    
Respirator:  Not Required
Polygraph Review:  Required
Psychological Screening:  Not Required

Attachments Required:  Commercial Pilot License
FAA Class 2 Medical Certificate


Experience flying an MD500 model aircraft
Experience as a law enforcement patrol pilot (sworn or civilian)
Experience as a law enforcement Tactical Flight Officer (TFO)
FAA Certified Flight Instructor

Special Instructions:

Recruitment is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed weekly, and interviews will occur on an on-going basis. Once a selection has been made, this requisition will be closed.

Successful completion of a police background investigation, including polygraph exam.

Must have U.S. citizenship or ten-year residency as a prerequisite for VCIN/CJIS certification.

All employees may be expected to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours in response to short-term department needs and/or City-wide emergencies. Positions within this class have been designated as Alpha I positions requiring employees to work during inclement weather, regardless of the City’s operational status.

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VRS Contribution:   All full-time employees are required to contribute 5% of annual salary toward their retirement account; in accordance with VRS retirement provisions. This will be handled through a pre-tax payroll deduction.  

Drug Free Workplace:  The City of Virginia Beach maintains a drug free workplace.