Police Recruit 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 Jobvite. 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

  • Be 20 ½ years of age upon acceptance to a North Carolina Certified Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy.

  • Be a United States citizen or a resident alien who is eligible and has applied for citizenship at least one year prior to the date of application

  • 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.

  • Complete and successfully pass all aspects of the Department-designated North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy within the first ten months.

  • Ability to obtain a North Carolina Probationary Police Officer Certification upon completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training.


Applicants must possess one or more of the following:

  • An Associates Degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in Criminal Justice, Public Administration, or Homeland Security.
  • A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Prior Military Service with an Honorable Discharge from Service. 
  • Those with full time experience on Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Corrections, or other criminal justice related experience.
  • Currently a full-time employee with the Town of Wake Forest.

Starting Salary

  • $43,402



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