Join the Police Department

Last updated Mar. 01, 2018 - 12:13 pm
Every day you can make a difference in someone else's life - whether it's by saving a life or by steering someone towards a more productive course.

The Raleigh Police Department is searching for qualified individuals who want to join our corps of law enforcement professionals. Many opportunities are available from sworn Police Officers to a variety of exciting and attractive civilian positions. Our organization is proud of our professionalism, our values and providing the best services to the citizens of Raleigh.


The City of Raleigh requires all City applicants to create a NEOGOV account to make application. If you already have a NEOGOV account, you can log into the account and fill out an application to the City of Raleigh position you seek.

We are now accepting applications for the Summer 2018 Police Academy Class. ALL applications for the Summer Academy MUST be submitted by 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Recruiting Office at 919-996-1343.

Lateral Entry

The City of Raleigh seeks police officers with general law enforcement certification who are currently working in a law enforcement agency in North Carolina or are certified out-of-state law enforcement officer with two years of experience. Former law enforcement officers who have a break in service of less than 12 months long can also apply.

Eligible lateral entry officers and currently BLET-certified officers will attend a 13-week academy rather than the 28-week full-length academy class for new recruits.


RPD officers enjoy attractive benefits packages that include dual retirement programs and free dental, health, and life insurance. And the City provides employees with highly-competitive amounts of vacation and sick time.

Working for RPD

In addition, the opportunities for career advancement along a variety of paths are nearly endless with the Raleigh Police Department, and you won't find a better group of professionals to work with than the men and women of this capital city's police department.

Add it all together and you will see why the RPD is a great place to grow and develop your career. We are looking for driven individuals who wish to take their professionalism to new heights through the wealth of training and educational opportunities available through the Department. Raleigh police officers receive an extensive education in crime prevention, narcotics enforcement, law, forensic science, community affairs, patrol operations and investigations.

Many of our officers and detectives participate in specialty units such as general and specialized criminal investigations, drugs and vice interdiction, K-9 operations, fugitive apprehension squads, family violence work, gang suppression activities, tactical operations, cyber crimes investigation, vehicle crash reconstruction, and others. Our exceptional career advancement opportunities allow RPD officers to go as far as their determination will take them. The opportunities and the choices are here for you.

Our recruits have gone on to handle countless high-priority assignments, lead divisions of the Department, collaborate with federal agencies, and even become chiefs of police in other jurisdictions.

Join Today!

If you want to join us and begin your exciting career in law enforcement with the Raleigh Police Department, email or contact us at 919-996-1343.

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