Hiring and Recruitment (Wilson Police Department)


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Employment Process

Thank you for your interest in obtaining employment with the Wilson Police Department. The Wilson Police Department is seeking highly qualified candidates. The duration of the selection process is approximately eight to twelve weeks. This time may vary due to the difficulty of scheduling polygraph examinations, psychological examinations, and physical examinations. The employment process consists of the following items:

  • Sworn Employment Packet (PDF)
  • Civilian Employment Packet (PDF)
  • Review of Employment Packet
  • Applicant Orientation Session/ POST (National Police Officer Selection Test)
  • Oral Interview Board – must receive consensus recommendation from Oral Board
  • Intensive Background Interview/Investigation – must meet standards of the Wilson Police Department, City of Wilson, and North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Division.
  • Polygraph Examination – must complete polygraph exam
  • Conditional Offer of Employment/ Interview with Chief
  • Drug Screen – must test negative for all controlled substances
  • Psychological Examination – must be recommended by a Police Psychologist.
  • Physical Examination – must be recommended by City Physician as fit for duty.

If not selected for one of the available positions, you may re-apply at any time for future openings within the Wilson Police Department. With exception to the application, each phase of the process that you successfully complete is valid for one calendar year.

If you have any questions, please call Officer Sacejewia White at 252-246-1107.

WPD Officers and Cars

Minimum Standards for Certification

According to 12 NCAC 9B .0101/9B .0111, every Law Enforcement Officer employed by an agency in North Carolina shall:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 20 years of age
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation
  • Have been fingerprinted and a search made of local, state, and national files to disclose any record
  • Have been examined and certified by a physician to meet physical requirements necessary to properly fulfill the officer’s particular job responsibilities
  • Have produced a negative result on a drug screen administered according to the standards of the Department of Health and Human Services for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs
  • Have undergone a psychological screening examination by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist licensed to practice in North Carolina to determine the officer’s mental and emotional suitability to properly fulfill the job responsibilities
  • Have been interviewed personally by the Department Head or his representative to determine such things as the applicant’s appearance, demeanor, attitude, and ability to communicate
  • Notify the Criminal Justice Standards Division of all criminal offenses for which the officer is arrested, charged, pleads no contest or guilty, or is found guilty; not have committed or been convicted of: a felony; a crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than two years; a crime or unlawful act defined as a “Class B misdemeanor” within the five year period prior to the date of application for employment; or four or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as “Class B misdemeanors” regardless of the date of conviction; or four or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as “Class A misdemeanors” except the applicant may be employed if the last conviction occurred more than two years prior to the date of an application for employment
  • Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Test indicating high school equivalency
  • Satisfactorily complete the employing agency’s in-service firearms training program as prescribed in 12 NCAC 09E .0105 -.0106.
  • Equal Opportunity Employer
Officer Job Functions

The following are the “essential job functions” that are common to all inexperienced law enforcement officers in North Carolina, as determined by the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission. The successful applicant must be able to perform ALL of the essential job functions of an inexperienced law enforcement officer, generally unassisted and at a pace and level of performance consistent with the actual job performance requirements.

This requires a high level of physical ability to include vision, hearing, speaking, flexibility and strength.

  • Effect an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdue resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
  • Prepare investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations.
  • Exercise independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree.
  • Operate a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow.
  • Communicate effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Gather information in criminal investigations by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects and confidential informers.
  • Pursue fleeing suspects and perform rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling up oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers.
  • Load, unload, aim and fire from a variety of body positions handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards.
  • Perform searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time, detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons.
  • Conduct visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Engage in law enforcement patrol functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure.
  • Effectively communicate with people, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes.
  • Demonstrate communication skills in court and other formal settings.
  • Detect and collect evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions.
  • Endure verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Perform rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas.
  • Process and transport prisoners and committed mental patients using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Put on and operate a gas mask in situations where chemical munitions are being deployed.
  • Extinguish small fires by using a fire extinguisher and other appropriate means.
  • Read and comprehend legal and non-legal documents, including the preparation and processing of such documents as citations, affidavits and warrants.
  • Process arrested suspects to include taking their photographs and obtaining a legible set of inked fingerprint impressions.