Hiring Process

The Knightdale Police Department hiring process is extensive. The process begins by first completing and submitting an employment application for the Town of Knightdale through Neogov.  The application is then screened by Human Resources and the Chief of Police or his designee to ensure that candidates meet minimum qualifications. All applicants must possess a current North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Certification, or be currently enrolled in a BLET program to be considered for employment.

Primary steps in the hiring process include both physical and academic testing. All applicants must successfully complete both segments of the new July 2015 Police Officer Physical Abilities Test (POPAT). The Chase & Apprehension component must be completed in no more than 9 minutes, and the Rescue component must be completed in 3 minutes or less. Academic testing includes reading, writing and arithmetic portions. All testing and subsequent steps will be scheduled with the applicant through the Police Department.

Prior to a conditional offer being made applicants must successfully complete a background check. Applicants may then be extended a conditional offer of employment. This offer requires the applicant to submit to a medical examination, drug screen, and psychological evaluation.

Once the applicant has satisfied the requirements of the conditional offer of employment, his/her file is submitted to the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for review to determine suitability for employment as a sworn law enforcement officer. Once the Commission approves the applicant for certification, a final offer of employment may extended by the agency.



The salary range for Police Officers is $45,751 - $68,117. The base salary is $45,751. After successful completion of the field training program and a subsequent six month probationary period, new employees in this category are given a 5% raise. Experienced officers who meet specific training and certification requirements may qualify for a lateral entry as a Senior Police Officer, with a starting salary of $48,085, or as a Master Police Officer, with a starting salary of $50,538. Officers who lateral in as a Senior Officer or Master Officer are also eligible for a 5% pay increase upon successful completion of their probationary period. Candidates seeking lateral entry must provide training certificates, transcripts, training records, or other documentation as needed. A detailed listing of the requirements for lateral entry is available upon request. The Chief of Police shall have final authority to determine whether specific courses may be used as credit for the program.

For more information about the hiring process, please contact Human Resources staff at 919-217-2221.