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Questions and Answers

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Must be a graduate of an accredited high school or hold a GED
  • Valid driver’s license with an acceptable DMV record
  • Must successfully complete written testing
  • Must meet minimum standards of agility
  • Acceptable background check
  • Negative drug screen
  • Must complete the Hampton Roads Criminal Justice Training Academy’s Entry Level Jailor ‘s Academy within 1 year of employment
  • Available to work day or night shifts
  • Health Insurance, including prescription drug coverage
  • Dental Insurance, including child orthodontics
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Legal Resources
  • Identity Theft Insurance
  • Allstate Workplace Benefits
  • Membership in the Virginia Retirement System – Sworn staff members receive the Hazardous Duty Supplement
  • Optional Life Insurance
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Military Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Paid Training

Applicants are required to meet minimum standards for the following:

  • Written assessment - including math, reading comprehension, and an essay
  • Physical agility testing
    • Trigger Pull
    • Dummy Drag
    • Shuttle Run
  • Criminal background review
  • Professional reference review
  • Interview with Selection Committee
  • Pre-employment physical including drug screen

Avaliable Positions

Jail Officer

Western Tidewater Regional Jail Officers maintain custody, control, and security of inmates within the facility. Duties include but are not limited to; supervision of inmates and their daily routines, performs regular security checks of assigned areas, enforces rules and regulations in a firm, fair, and consistent manner, accurately prepares, maintains, and updates computerized logs and reports, responds to and takes action in emergency situations as necessary. This position requires extensive walking, stair climbing, sitting, and occasional running during a 12 hour shift.


Under the supervision of the jail physician, the duties include, but are not limited to, conducting patient health assessments, providing direct professional evaluation and treatment, maintaining patient and institutional records, administering medication, and providing emergency care to inmates and staff. 12 hour shift work. 

Student Internships

WTRJ is pleased to offer an internship program where students gain valuable experience in the field of corrections. Program participants will be provided with a comprehensive experience in all aspects of facility operations. Participation in the program is completely voluntary and interns receive no compensation while completing their hours. The program consists of the following 8 sessions:

  • Session 1 Minimum 4 hours: Booking, Intake, and overview of Magistrate’s Office
  • Session 2 Minimum 4 hours: Classification and Housing of inmates
  • Session 3 Minimum 8 hours: Working the posts/making rounds day shift
  • Session 4 Minimum 8 hours: Working the posts/making rounds evening shift
  • Session 5 Minimum 4 hours: Trustee Program/Work Force/Work Release
  • Session 6 Minimum 4 hours: Medical Rounds/Medical program
  • Session 7 Minimum 4 hours: Recreation/Law Library
  • Session 8 Minimum 4 hours: Optional-Intern can repeat one of the previous sessions

To be considered for an internship, please complete the Student Internship Application.