Join the Police Department

Last updated Nov. 14, 2019 - 9:21 am
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.

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**To participate in the Physical Fitness Assessment you must bring a completed Physician's Waiver. CLICK HERE to download and print the Physician's Waiver.

Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2020 Police Academy Class.


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

Application Process

The City of Raleigh requires all City applicants to create a NEOGOV account to make an 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.

After you have completed the NEOGOV application and submitted your full application packet, your application packet will be reviewed by the Recruiting Unit. If approved, you will be contacted by a recruiter who will schedule you for the first rounds of testing. These tests will include the polygraph, reading comprehension test and physical fitness test. Click HERE to learn more about the physical fitness test.


The following standards apply to all candidates for Police Officer:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application to the Raleigh Police Academy
  • No maximum age restriction
  • High School graduate or equivalent. College or Military Preferred
  • United States Citizen or Naturalized Citizen
  • Good character and moral background
  • Licensed driver or able to obtain a valid NC Driver’s License
  • 20/20 vision (corrected); applicant cannot be colorblind

Meet background, medical and psychological requirements.

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 will attend a 13-week academy rather than the 28-week full-length academy class for new recruits.

Equivalent Service is the amount of time credited and credentialed to an applicant by the Administrative Services Division Commander. The service based on prior comparable years of law enforcement and training.

Years of Equivalent
Police Officer Step Lateral Entry
2 years but less than 4Step 2-->$44,415First Class Officer
4 years but less than 6Step 3-->$46,636First Class Officer
6 years but less than 8Step 4-->$48,968Master Officer
8 years but less than 10Step 5-->$51,416Master Officer
10 years but less than 12Step 6-->$53,987Master Officer


Raleigh Police Officers enjoy an attractive benefits package that includes dual retirement programs and competitive dental, medical and life insurance. The City of Raleigh also provides its employees with competitive amounts of vacation and sick time.

  • Starting Salary is $41,068 with a three percent raise to $42,300 upon completion of the Academy
  • Enrollment in NC Local Government Employee's Retirement System
  • Supplemental Retirement Income Plan of NC 401(K) Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
  • Vacation and Leave
  • Disability Income Plan
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employee Health & Wellness Center
  • Reimbursement Accounts
  • Credit Union

- Enrollment in NC Local Governmental Employee’s Retirement System
- Supplemental Retirement Income Plan of NC 401(K) Plan
- Medical/Dental/Vision/Life Insurance
- Vacation and Leave
- Disability Income Plan
- Workers’ Compensation
- Employee Health & Wellness Center
- Reimbursement Accounts
- Credit UnionEnrollment in NC Local Governmental Employee’s Retirement SysteSupplemental Retirement Income Plan of NC 401(K) Pla

Working for RPD

The Raleigh Police Department offers a nearly endless number of paths in career advancement. Many of our officers and detectives serve on specialized units such as Drugs & Vice, K-9, Fugitive, Investigations, Cybercrimes, Family Violence, Youth & Family Services, Community Policing, SEU, Gang Suppression, DWI enforcement and many more. No matter where you want your law enforcement career to take you, the Raleigh Police Department has opportunities for you. We are looking for driven individuals who wish to take their law enforcement aspirations to new heights through a commitment to unmatched training and the highest levels of professionalism.

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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