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Law Enforcement Acreditation

Requirements & Hiring Process


The Fayetteville Police Department is now accepting applications for police officer positions.  The next academy will be the second of our 2019 academies.  The academy is scheduled to begin in July of 2019.   

 Out of state lateral applicants need two years full-time experience with their current agency to be considered a Lateral Entry Officer, and no more than one year of separation from their last law enforcement employment. The Fayetteville Police Department does offer lateral incentive pay for sworn officers wanting to transfer to the Fayetteville Police Department. (Note: To be eligible for this compensation, experienced officers shall have no more than one (1) year of separation from previous Law Enforcement position) 

In addition to the application period, the Fayetteville Police Department will hold periodic Applicant Orientation informational briefings at the Police Training Center located at 671 N. Eastern Boulevard. See the event calendar for specific dates and times. The FPD Recruitment Staff will discuss the application, the hiring process, qualifications and the police website in detail. The Applicant Orientation is strongly recommended but not mandatory to interested applicants.  FPD Staff will talk about what will be expected from the applicants, the documents needed to apply and the academy life.


Fayetteville Police Department Officers are entrusted with the responsibility to keep our cities safe from crime and corruption. Therefore, a history of ethical and moral behavior is of the utmost importance. Your background will be looked at very closely. Applicants who have a history of unethical or immoral behavior will not be hired. You will be subjected to an intensive background evaluation, which will include, but is not limited to, the following:* Your past behavior and the choices you have made must demonstrate positive traits that will support your candidacy for Police Officer and reflect favorably on your character.

* You must have a history of lawful conduct.

* You must possess high standards of honesty and integrity as demonstrated by your dealings with individuals and organizations. Falsifying, misrepresenting, or omitting information on any document or during the selection process will be closely scrutinized.

* You must respect the rights of all people and have an appreciation for the diversity that characterizes the City of Fayetteville. A history of domestic violence, physical altercations, or discourteous, abusive, or violent treatment of others may indicate a lack of self-discipline, unwillingness or inability to cooperate, or a disregard for the rights of others.

* You must have a history of making responsible choices regarding the use of drugs and alcohol. Please call to discuss your drug history prior to applying if you have used drugs to determine if you are a suitable applicant.

* Your employment and military (if applicable) histories must demonstrate the motivation and success-orientation needed to succeed as a Police Officer.

* Your financial and driving records must demonstrate responsible decisions and appropriate behavior. Please call to discuss your driving history prior to applying if you have recent charges or convictions to determine if you are a suitable applicant.

1. Must be a United States Citizen.

2. Must be a High School Graduate or have a GED. Original high school diploma or original GED with minimum total score of 225, and a minimum of 35 points for each section, required at time of application.

3. Must be at least 2O.5 years of age by the date of academy

4. Must possess a valid driver's license and have been licensed to drive for a minimum of one year, with no loss of license within the past year and an acceptable driving record in accordance with the City of Fayetteville Driving Standard. Must possess a North Carolina driver's license prior to beginning employment.

5. Veterans must provide proof of military service (DD-214). If currently in the military, the applicant must provide a letter from the military indicating ETS date.

6. Must be of good moral character with no record of conviction by any local, state, federal, or military court of a felony or Class A or Class B misdemeanors as defined by the Training and Standards Commission (.0111 )(3).

7. Must satisfactorily complete the steps listed in the Hiring Process.

Hiring Process

See a Recruiter at

467 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC

Office Hours are Monday- Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm

Walk-Ins are welcome but you can also set an appointment by calling, Officer Tony Gayles.

Office 910-433-1842

Cell  910-723-4138

To apply on-line visit

Attendance in an Applicant Orientation is highly recommended prior to submitting an application.  This orientation will give the applicant the best chance at being successful in the process.  (See recruiting calendar page for a list of orientation dates). 


The application process from start to finish may take three to five months. Successful completion of this process does not guarantee employment. The Fayetteville Police Department reserves the right to hire any candidate from the list depending on the department's needs. The Fayetteville Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.


New Applicants - Effective March 25, 2014

1. Complete an online application.
2. Successfully complete a Criminal History and Driving History Review
3. Pass a written examination - A passing score is a minimum of 70% on each section of the written test (Stanard & Associates, Inc.)
4. Successfully complete the Police Officer Physical Ability Test (POPAT, pre-BLET version)
5. Complete an oral Interview
6. Submit to a background Investigation
7. Complete a Polygraph Examination
8. Pass a physical examination administered by a practicing physician in the State of North Carolina, to include vision, color blindness and drug testing.
9. Complete a psychological evaluation

Reinstated Police Officer - Effective March 25, 2014

Former Fayetteville Police Officers who left the department in good standing, have not been gone for longer than one year and still retain their law enforcement certificate, need only to complete the following hiring steps:

  • 1. Complete an on-line application. Include a letter of request if you are seeking reinstatement. You must meet all of City of Fayetteville's Reinstatement Policy requirements. Reinstatement is a privilege and not a guarantee.
  • 2. Complete an oral interview.
  • 3. Submit to a background investigation, including criminal history and driving history, that covers the period of time since date of resignation.
  • 4. Complete a Polygraph Examination
  • 5. Pass a physical examination administered by a practicing physician in the State of North Carolina, to include vision, color blindness and drug testing
  • 6. Complete a psychological evaluation

K9 Officer with dog

Lateral Transfers - Effective March 25, 2014

All individuals seeking lateral transfer from another law enforcement agency within the State of North Carolina must possess a current Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate. Individuals seeking lateral transfer from a law enforcement agency outside the State of North Carolina should contact the Fayetteville Police Department Training Center at (910) 433-1842 or (910) 433-1964 for the requirements related to lateral transfers.


Fayetteville Police Officers are responsible for the enforcement of state and city laws and regulations. Officers patrol an assigned area, give assistance to motorists and other citizens, safeguard property, direct traffic, and investigate accidents. They make preliminary investigations of any type of crime or complaint; make a report of findings and enlist further aid, if necessary, to apprehend violators of the law; appear in court as witnesses; and assist other law enforcement agencies.