Immediate Disqualifiers

Police Officer Applicants must be between 18 and 40 years old, possess U.S. citizenship, have a clean police record, a valid driver’s license, and a minimum of a High School diploma or GED.

Automatic Disqualifiers for Police Officer

The Parkersburg Police Department’s organizational values include:

  • Accountability
  • Excellence
  • Honor
  • Respect
  • Teamwork

In keeping with the spirit of our values, we try to maintain open communications with our applicants regarding our expectations and to facilitate their success in the selection process. If you are selected to be a Parkersburg Police Officer, this organization and the general public will be entrusting you with a very high level of authority. For this reason, we have given considerable thought to each step of our selection process and take great care to determine that we are hiring individuals who will be guardians of the trust granted them. An applicant whose background includes any of the following concerns would not be permitted to continue in the selection process.

Criminal History

  • Adult commission of undetected crimes of a serious or repetitive nature
  • Any conviction of domestic violence, including simple assault against a domestic partner, spouse, child or parent
  • Conviction of any crime which carries a 6 months jail sentence or more, excluding traffic violations which are discussed separately, or the West Virginia State Law equivalent within the last 5 years
  • Conviction of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude (crimes contrary to justice, honesty, or good morals)

 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
  • Points may be negated by attending defensive driving school offered by the Division of Motor Vehicles prior to initial testing


  • Any illegal possession of heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens or any other schedule 1 or 2 drugs, or any derivative thereof, as defined in the West Virginia state code within the last 7 years
  • Any involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs as an adult
  • Illegal possession of anabolic steroids within the last 3 years
  • Illegal possession of marijuana or a derivative thereof within the last 18 months
  • Juvenile involvement in the sale or distribution of illegal drugs is an area of concern which will be given careful scrutiny in the context of the full investigation/review


  • Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position
  • Dishonorable discharge from any military service
  • Untruthfulness and/or intentional withholding of information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position. Examples of intentional withholding of information would include deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements

Additional Information

This is not intended to be an exhaustive listing of background disqualifiers. Applicants who are successful in the initial testing will undergo a thorough background investigation, including a polygraph examination. Areas of concern will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis within the context of the full investigation/review. Examples of areas of concern may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Demonstrated history of financial irresponsibility. (Examples of areas of concern include unpaid collections or unsatisfactory judgments where no payment plan has been established. Bankruptcies will be evaluated based on the time frame, circumstances, other measures pursued, and restoration of credit. Please call the Personnel Staff to discuss your specific credit issues and concerns.)

Other Areas of Concern

  • Crimes committed as a juvenile, including undetected crime
  • Illegal drug possession that does not fall within the parameters defined above
  • Less than honorable military discharge, erratic work record, or unfavorable employment references
  • Multiple convictions of driving under the influence
  • Patterns of reckless and/or irresponsible driving
  • Pending litigation or prosecution for criminal offenses must be resolved prior to consideration for employment
  • Reduction of charges as a result of a plea agreement or other form of sentencing disposition prior to a conviction in any of the aforementioned criminal and driving history categories