Franklin police eager to recruit new officers

Published 7:28 pm Tuesday, September 3, 2019


The Franklin Police Department is looking — and looking — for a few good diverse men and women to serve and protect.

Franklin Police Chief C. Steve Patterson

Chief C. Steve Patterson said there are four openings and he wants to as many filled as possible in time for the next Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Academy session, located in Newport News, which will be from Nov. 4 through March 8.

He said the city is expanding and this is a good time for people to get “on the ground floor” of the police force.

Naturally, before a hopeful candidate can even make it to the academy, he or she must first apply. Some of the requirements include being a U.S. citizen, at least 21 years of age and pass an extensive background investigation, as well as passing screenings and a polygraph test. There should be no convictions of either felonies or even misdemeanors. No less important is the ability “to speak clearly, hear, analyze and react quickly to high-stress situations.”

Should all go well at the application and hiring stage, the training follows. According to the website, a trainee’s salary is $43,180, and after graduation, goes up to $45,783. The car, uniform and tuition, etc., will be provided.

The chief acknowledged that competition is intense for qualified law enforcement within the Greater Hampton Roads and Western Tidewater regions. But, he pointed out, the advantage to belonging in the Franklin force, compared to a larger neighboring locality, “You’re part of the family.”

Patterson also emphasized that standards of conduct and professionalism are to be of the highest order.

“My intention is to keep it that way,” he said.

The chief also aims to increase police presence in a non-formal way through their attendance at church, social and civic events.

For an application, call Sgt. Scott Halverson at 562-8577 or visit online at