Police Officer Employment

The following is a general progression of the application process and will indicate where a candidate is in the hiring process:

  1. Complete an application of employment for the Town of Wake Forest online through NEOGOV. A North Carolina Training and Standards Personal History Statement (F3) will not be required as part of the initial application process;

  2. Pre-screening of applications for disqualifying offenses or conduct;

  3. Entry level written and physical agility testing will be conducted;

  4. Submission of F-3 and supplemental paperwork for all applicants proceeding to panel interview;

  5. Panel interview;

  6. Truth Verification Examination;

  7. Comprehensive Background Investigation;

  8. Extension of conditional offer for qualified applicants with command interview; and

  9. Physical examination, psychological fitness testing and drug screening.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, applicants with university or college degrees are highly desired

  • Must possess or obtain a valid Class C North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles driver's license prior to employment

  • Not have any felony, domestic violence or misdemeanor assault convictions

  • Be able to possess a firearm in the State of North Carolina legally

  • Pass a pre-employment physical agility test

  • Pass a pre-employment drug screen

  • Meet the written, physical, and psychological background standards set by North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for probationary police officers.

  • To be considered for employment as a Police Officer I, all applicants must possess a valid law enforcement certification from the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, or Sheriff’s equivalent, or be enrolled in a North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) program.  In addition, officers certified in another state with a minimum of two years’ experience may apply.

Additional Benefits

  • Take home patrol car program

  • Career ladder program

  • Wellness / physical fitness program

Police Officer Starting Salaries Based on Experience

  • $56,778 - No prior sworn law enforcement experience

  • $58,197 - Minimum of three years' prior full-time sworn law enforcement experience

  • $59,617 - Five years' or more of prior full-time sworn law enforcement experience.

Additions to Salaries

  • 2.5% - Associate's degree 

  • 5% - Bachelor's degree 

  • 2.5% - NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission Advanced Certificate 

  • 5% - Automatic salary increase after six months of employment with the Town of Wake Forest 

  • 5% - Fluent in Spanish 

  • $1000 - Wellness bonus for "Superior" performance of POPAT (Police Officer's Physical Abilities Test) three times a year

Pay Scale








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Police Headquarters
745 Merritt Capital Dr., Suite 113
Wake Forest NC, 27587