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Recruits - Line UpBasic Requirements

Greensboro Police Department Applicants Minimum Qualifications

The following qualifications meet or exceed those set forth by the North Carolina Department of Justice's Training and Standards Division:

  • High school graduate or General Educational Development (GED) certificate
  • Must meet the state-mandated reading level requirement of 10th grade or higher
  • Must not have committed or been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor
  • Able to meet the physically demanding requirements of the job
  • Be a United States citizen
  • Have or be able to obtain a valid North Carolina Driver's License
  • Be at least 21 years old upon completion of the Police Academy
  • Must successfully pass a rigid physical examination and drug test, psychological examination, and polygraph examination if extended a Conditional Offer of Probationary Employment.

The police trainee employment procedure is a multi-step process. An applicant must pass each step in sequential order to progress to the next step. An applicant who misses a scheduled appointment (unless due to a verified emergency) will be withdrawn from any further consideration.

Recruits - Firing RangeQualified individuals begin with 25 weeks of academy training in areas such as law, human relations, first aid, firearms, driver training, defensive tactics, and modern law enforcement techniques. Recruits must also pass the Police Officers' Physical Agility Test. Watch this video about the test's components. Sworn status is conferred upon completion of the Police Academy.

New officers receive an additional 12 weeks of field training followed by assignment to one of four divisions of the Patrol Bureau. Officers patrol a designated area of the city and are responsible for the prevention of crime, investigation of offenses, and apprehension of violators. The officer must also respond to automobile accidents, crimes in progress and other emergency situations, and is required to exercise judgment and initiative in handling both routine and complex problems.

Promotion to Police Officer II is possible after three years. Officers in this classification are eligible for additional career opportunities, including assignment to specialized units and/or promotion to Police Corporal positions. Supervisory promotions can begin after two years of service as a Police Officer II.

Recruits - RunningLateral Police Officer

To be considered for employment as a police officer seeking to make a lateral move into the Greensboro Police Department, current law enforcement officers must meet the following qualifications:

  • Must possess a current NC Law Enforcement Certification and must have been employed in a full-time law enforcement capacity for a minimum of 24 months in the preceding 30 month period (at time application is received). The totality of the individual's law enforcement period will be considered.
  • Must have served a minimum of two years in a civilian governmental law enforcement assignment.
  • Must meet all of the current standards for a police officer applicant.
  • Must complete all parts of the hiring process as established by the department.
  • Must be evaluated and recommended for employment by the department's selection committee.
  • Greensboro Police Reserve Officers who have completed the Greensboro Police Department's Police Academy and maintain continuous certification are eligible for reinstatement at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
  • Former Greensboro Police Officers who have not been separated from the agency for more than one year are eligible for reinstatement, but must successfully complete all portions of the employment process.

Out-of-state officers who do not meet all of the aforementioned requirements do not qualify for the Lateral Entry Program, however, shall be compensated for previous experience upon employment. They must complete the Greensboro Police Department's Police Academy in its entirety and all field-training components.

All in-state applicants who qualify for the Lateral Entry Program will be hired as a Police Officer I, beginning year two for training and compensation purposes.

Training Requirements for Lateral Police Officer

Applicants selected for employment under the Lateral Entry Program are required to successfully complete an academy training program as prescribed by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission.

Those who successfully complete the academy program are required to successfully complete a Police Training Officer (PTO) Program and the Police Officer II Academy, as established by the department. Length and content of field training may vary based on the qualifications and experience of individual officers.

In all cases, failure to successfully complete the PTO program and the Police Officer II Academy are grounds for termination. While participating in the PTO program, lateral entry officers must satisfy the standards that apply to other police officers.

Each person employed under the Lateral Entry Program is required to meet the one year probationary standards of the department for sworn members.

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