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Polygraph Examination

The Blacksburg Police Department may utilize Polygraph Examinations in the selection process as a means of verifying information on applications and background investigations.

Questions asked during the polygraph will address the following areas:

  1. Possession of illegal drugs;
  2. Buying and/or selling illicit drugs;
  3. Falsifying employment application or other relevant documents;
  4. Intentional physical, sexual, or mental abuse of others;
  5. Crimes of moral turpitude, (lying, cheating, stealing);
  6. Questionable areas arising during a background investigation.

Background Investigation 

A thorough background investigation will be conducted on all applicants as a part of the conditional offer of employment. 

Psychological Testing 

Applicants must complete a psychological examination. The examination will evaluate the applicant’s ability to perform the essential job functions and his/her ability to interact with co-workers and the citizens of the community. 

Medical Examination/Drug Screening

Applicants must successfully complete a medical examination. The medical examination will evaluate the applicant's ability to successfully perform the essential job functions. 

Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy

All of our newly hired, non-certified, officers attend Cardinal Criminal Justice Academy in Salem, Virginia, for the Law Enforcement Basic course. This course is a 20 week non-residential program. The training will consist of:

  • Basic law
  • Investigations
  • Patrol techniques
  • Search & Seizure
  • Firearms
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Driver Training
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Officer survival
  • Arrest procedures
  • Evidence Collection
  • Daily physical training

Along with several other topics. For more information about the basic academy, visit CCJA’s website at