The Raleigh Police Department has three types of hiring categories for officers based on experience:
Entry Level describes a first time law enforcement candidate, with no prior law enforcement experience. They must meet the minimum qualifications.
If you already have some law enforcement training or experience, you may qualify to be considered a Lateral Candidate. This category allows you to go through a faster training track, begin patrol sooner and start at a higher pay category.
BLET certified graduates who are interested in entry level police officer positions, will be evaluated for consideration in an orientation training academy lasting approximately ten weeks. This will be followed by a post academy field training period of 18 weeks. Successful applicants will begin working at full salary in our pre-hire program prior to the start of the academy.
A law enforcement officer with general certification may transfer from one law enforcement agency in North Carolina to another law enforcement agency in the state, provided he or she has less than a 12-month break in service.
Out-of-state transfers will be evaluated to determine the amount and quality of their training and experience. At a minimum, out-of-state transfers must have two years of full- time, sworn law enforcement experience and have successfully completed a basic law enforcement training course accredited by the state from which they are transferring in order to be considered for transfer to a North Carolina law enforcement agency. Out-of-state transfers cannot have a break in service exceeding one year.