Statesville PD accepting applications for paid training program

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The Statesville Police Department is excited to be accepting applications again through its Police Recruit program. The program has been a huge success and was put in place to hire citizens with no prior police training and send them through the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Mitchell Community College. Those selected will be hired as a Police Recruit and paid $14.00 per hour while attending the BLET program. Once a recruit graduates basic training, they will be promoted to a patrol officer and after being sworn in, they are given the starting salary at SPD of $37,654. Recruits with college degrees or fluent in a second language could earn higher salaries.

To qualify, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen at least 20 years of age with either a high school diploma or a GED. To be hired, an applicant must have an N.C. operator’s license. Applicants convicted of a felony or a Class B misdemeanor will not be considered

SPD is always looking to increase its candidate pool and we, like other agencies have moved to the Modified Pre-BLET POPAT which consist of extended times and less repetitions. Candidates will go through a lengthy process that begins with a timed test of running, lifting, jumping and other challenges. The next portion will be a written Police Officer Selection Test, featuring math, reading and writing. (Stanard and Associates)

Applicants also must go through the regular officer hiring process which includes thorough background checks and those that are chosen will partake in psychological tests and drug screens
Applications are available on the ‘employment openings’ page at

We will be holding testing in the very near future, so apply now.

For more information please contact Capt. Tom Souther at Statesville Police Department at 704-878-3536 or or Rodney Burleson at 704- 878-3409 or

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