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Basic Police Academy Requirements in North Carolina

Basic Police Academy Requirements in North Carolina

policeacademy Basic Police Academy Requirements in North CarolinaIf you are not in excellent shape for the police officer academy in North Carolina you will not graduate. In fact, if you are out-of-shape you should wait to enroll because your chance of succeeding is slim to none. Below I’ve listed some general requirements you must meet in order to enroll in the North Carolina post basic police academy. If you have any felony convictions, poor driving record, or have been dishonorably discharged from the military you won’t be allowed in.

North Carolina Police Academy Requirements and North Carolina Police Officer Qualifications

  • you must be 19 1/2 years as of date of application. Maximum – 39 years of age or less. (The applicant may not have reached their 40th birthday on the first day of Patrol Basic School.)
  • Must be in excellent physical condition with no obvious condition which will impair performance of Patrol duties.
  • As a minimum, an applicant must have graduated from an accredited high school or hold an approved General Education Development Certificate (GED); college or university level education desired..
  • Must be a citizen of the United States, and must be a legal resident of or reside in North Carolina as of the date he/she reports to Basic School.

Criminal History
You must not have pled guilty to, entered a plea of no contest to, or have been convicted of any crime other than a minor misdemeanor; must not, during the three years preceding the date of his/her application, have been convicted of a traffic offense which required suspension or revocation of driving privileges; or held a drivers license which was in a state of suspension or revocation.

You must not have accumulated more than eight points against his/her driving record during the preceding three years or anytime after the date of the application. As of date of application or thereafter, applicant must meet the minimum standards for law enforcement officers established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Training and Standards Division.

Physical Fitness Test
Physical Fitness Test administered under the guidelines of The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research, Dallas, Texas. Prospective applicants must attain as a minimum, a score at the fiftieth (50th) percentile for his/her age and gender to receive further employment consideration.

Written Tests
Prospective applicants who meet the fiftieth (50th) percentile requirement on the Fitness Standards Test will be given the Law Enforcement Candidate Record (LECR). This test contains a verbal and recall section and a biographical data section.

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Must submit to and complete a polygraph examination.

Background Investigation
Must satisfactorily complete a thorough background investigation, including a check of State and Federal Bureau of Investigation records.

Applicant Review Board
Applicants must be interviewed by the Patrol’s Applicant Review Board.

Physical Examination
Must meet physical standards set by the Patrol Medical Services Director.

Psychological Test
Must receive favorable recommendation from a psychological evaluation.

Acceptance by Patrol Commander
Must be accepted by the Patrol commander to attend the Patrol Basic School.

Completion of Training
Must successfully complete the Patrol Basic School and Field Training and Evaluation Program.

For your convenience. I’ve listed some North Carolina police academy institutions below. Feel free to contact them directly if you have any questions or concerns about requirements and qualifications needed to enroll.

BURLINGTON POLICE DEPT ACADEMY
PO Box 1358
Burlington, North Carolina 27216
Phone: 910-229-3515
Fax: 910-229-3579

CHAPEL HILL POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY
828 Airport Rd
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514
Phone: 919-968-2760
Fax: 919-968-2846

CHARLOTTE/MECKLENBURG POLICE ACADEMY

1750 Shopton Rd
Charlotte, North Carolina 28217
Phone: 704-525-6145
Fax: 704-525-0143

COASTAL PLAIN LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTER

902 Herring Ave
Wilson, North Carolina 27893
Phone: 919-291-1195
Fax: 919-243-7148

CRIMINAL JUSTICE TRAINING & STANDARD DIVISION

PO Box 149
Raliegh, North Carolina 27602
Phone: 919-733-2530
Fax: 919-715-3779

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS STAFF DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

PO Box 29540
Raleigh, North Carolina 27626
Phone: 919-733-2731
Fax: 919-733-6627

DURHAM COUNTY SHERIFFS ACADEMY
201 E Main Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Phone: 919-560-0880
Fax: 919-560-0888

DURHAM POLICE ACADEMY

505 W Chapel Hill
Durham, North Carolina 27701
Phone: 919-560-4168
Fax: 919-683-6366

GREENSBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT ACADEMY
300 W Washington St
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 910-373-2460
Fax: 910-373-2268

GUILFORD COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT ACADEMY
Box 3427
Greensboro, North Carolina 27402
Phone: 919-333-6899

LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING SERVICE/DEPT OF COMM COLLEGE

200 W Jones St The Caswell Bldg
Raleigh, North Carolina 27603-1379
Phone: 919-733-7051
Fax: 919-733-0680

MORGANTON DEPT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

304 College St
Morganton, North Carolina 28655
Phone: 704-438-5290
Fax: 704-438-5386

NORTH CAROLINA HIGHWAY PATROL TRAINING ACADEMY
3318 Garner Rd
Raleigh, North Carolina 27610
Phone: 919-662-4430
Fax: 919-662-0964

NORTH CAROLINA JUSTICE ACADEMY
Fayetteville St
Salemburg, North Carolina 28385
Phone: 910-525-4151
Fax: 910-525-5439

NORTH CAROLINA STATE BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
3320 Old Garner Rd
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606
Phone: 919-662-4500
Fax: 919-662-3021

RALEIGH POLICE ACADEMY

4205 Spring Forest Rd
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919-872-4144
Fax: 919-872-4148

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Officer Forestal has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, 8 years law enforcement experience and is a graduate of the 2002 Police Corps, where he was recognized as an expert shooter. Former Collegiate all-American, certifield personal trainer and author of several fitness and police related books such as the Police Oral Interview Secrets, and Police Exam For Dummies. As a Law Enforcement enthusiast, E.L. has helped hundreds of candidates "ACE" their respective entrance exam and the oral board interview. Learn More...


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  1. Good evening,

    My name is David Andrew Jones, I\’m 22 and I\’m from Galax, Va. As of right now I\’m enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. I am a Noncommissioned Officer (NCO), E4 Corporal. I\’ve been elisted in the Marines since October 19, 2008. I deployed to Afghanistan September 2010, got back to the states April 2011. I get out of the Marines October 19 2012. My reason for this message is because I was wondering if you accept people out of the military, and if so, how good of a chance I would have in getting into the police acadamy.

    Thanks,
    David Andrew Jones
    Semper Fi