Entry Level (Police Officers)

It is never too early or too late to start preparing for a career in law enforcement. We will not disclose or discuss specific items in an applicant’s background, we do however strongly suggest that applicants are honest and forthcoming when completing application material. Our basic minimum qualifications for employment are:

  • Must be 21 years old by the completion of Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)
  • Must have a High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • No felony, DWI or serious misdemeanor charges or convictions
  • Must have corrected 20/20 vision and not be color blind
  • Must pass Police Officers Physical Agility Test (POPAT)
  • Must pass polygraph & thorough background investigation

If you are under the age of 18 and you are interested in a career in law enforcement, here are some things you should prevent / control:

ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE: Being involved in drug use could hurt your opportunity to become a police officer.  If you are planning a career in law enforcement, consider the consequences of drug and alcohol usage.  Although alcohol is legal (if over 21), abuse can lead to life changing events that could have an adverse effect on your health, family and career in law enforcement.  Drug use is never a wise choice and it will have an effect on your career in law enforcement.  Drug and alcohol use is not an automatic disqualification but is a relevant factor during application screening. 

JUVENILE CRIMES: If you have made a conscious decision to become a police officer, the things you do as a juvenile could affect you becoming a police officer.  Juvenile criminal records will be addressed on a case by case manner.  The important thing is to avoid any criminal activity and function as a law-abiding, productive citizen of your community. Remember any and all charges (even those expunged) even those committed as a juvenile must be disclosed on the F-3 application.

If you are over the age of 18, besides the above information, here are additional things to consider and control:

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY: Your conduct on the job is a factor that the Police Department reviews when considering you for potential employment. Be professional at your job and work well with your co-workers and management. While you may not get along with everyone, staying professional can earn you the respect of your co-workers and supervisors. Keep in mind, police officers communicate with people from all walks of life, and must always maintain a professional demeanor. You can develop necessary communication skills at every job you work.

CREDIT HISTORY: Be responsible with your finances. Pay your bills on time and do not show irresponsibility by amassing a large debt in relation to your take-home income. A check of your credit history is conducted as a part of your background investigation. If you have bad credit, take the necessary steps to show that you are responsible enough to rectify the situation. It is always wise to check your credit history with the major credit agencies to verify its authenticity.

EDUCATION: The High Point Police Department holds applicants with advanced education in high regards. Applicants that possess an associates or bachelor’s degree are compensated with incentive pay added to their base salary. Your field of study does not have to be focused on a social science or Criminal Justice.

PHYSICAL FITNESS: Prepare for the physical demands of the career field by keeping yourself physically fit. You must pass the POPAT to move forward in the hiring process. This will also help you prepare for the BLET program’s physical training regimen, if you are hired. 

KNOW THE JOB:  Educate yourself by completing a “ride-along” with the High Point Police Department. The High Point Police Department’s ride-along program allows authorized participants to accompany a patrol officer in his/her patrol vehicle for part of their shift. You will respond to a variety of service calls with that officer. You will see and hear everything that the officer does during your ride-along. It could be a busy night and you may be exposed to a lot of different situations, or it could be a slow night, and you may get the chance to ask the officer job related questions. It is the most realistic exposure to law enforcement. You may find yourself more excited about the prospect of becoming a police officer, or you may realize that becoming a police officer is not for you. Either way, it is a learning experience.

KNOW THE PROCESS: Getting a job in law enforcement takes time and patience once you submit your application packet. We want to make sure we hire the very best candidates, and besides the application screening, POPAT, and oral board interview, potential candidates must undergo a thorough background check, polygraph test, psychological exam, and medical exam, prior to getting hired. If you are hired, you will be paid to go through a 5-month demanding BLET academy where you must abide by the rules, regulations, and procedures of BLET.

Apply online via the NeoGov job site
Complete application packet (may take up to 3 weeks to process) 
Oral Board Interview (3 person panel interview scheduled in group sessions) 
Polygraph Examination (once complete report must be reviewed by recruiters) 
Physical Abilities Test (in group sessions approx. 1 month apart) SEE COURSE
Psychological Examination (once complete report must be reviewed by recruiters) 
Extensive Background Investigation (may take up to 1 month to complete) 
Conditional Job Offer / Benefits / Drug Screen / Physical Examination / Psych Interview 
Formal Job Offer (typically the first day of employment)

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