We invite experienced law enforcement professionals to consider our Lateral Entry Program, which provides a way for police officers from other jurisdictions to get credit for their experiences when they join the Raleigh Police Department.
The RPD’s Lateral Entry Program began in 2008 and eligible officers immediately applied to join our ranks as a result of the opportunities the program offers and because the RPD has an excellent reputation among law enforcement agencies. RPD lateral entry officers receive an excellent starting pay commensurate with their previous work experience. They also enjoy attractive benefits packages that include a dual retirement program and free dental, health, and life insurance. And the City of Raleigh provides employees with generous amounts of vacation and sick leave. Learn more about these benefits by downloading our application kit.
The City of Raleigh seeks police officers with general law enforcement certification who are currently working in a law enforcement agency in North Carolina. Former law enforcement officers who have a break in service of less than 12 months long can also apply.
• Must be at least 21 years of age at time of graduation from the Raleigh Police Academy
• No maximum age restriction
• High school diploma or equivalent
• U.S. citizen
• Good character and moral background
• Able to obtain valid N.C. Driver’s License
• 20/20 corrected vision—Cannot be colorblind
NOTE: The basic qualifications apply to all candidates; however lateral-entry officer attend an expedited ten-week Lateral Entry Academy rather than the 28-week full-length Academy Class for new recruits.
The starting pay range for a Raleigh police officer is $34,281.59 to $52,793.64. Lateral entry officers typically start at a higher rate than inexperienced recruits, because their previous law enforcement training and work history are taken into consideration.
A police officer with general certification may transfer from one law enforcement agency in North Carolina to another in the state, provided he or she has less than a 12-month break in service.
These transferees are evaluated to determine the amount and quality of their out-of-state training and experience. At a minimum, out-of-state candidates must have two years of full-time, sworn law enforcement experience and have successfully completed a basic law enforcement training course accredited by the state from which they are transferring in order to be considered for transfer to a North Carolina law enforcement agency. Out-of-state transferees cannot have a break in service exceeding one year.
Federal Law Enforcement Officers and Military Police Transfers
These transferees will be required to complete the Commission-accredited BLET in its entirety and successfully pass the state comprehensive examination prior to being sworn.
Officers who wish to continue their law enforcement careers with our excellent and progressive community-oriented police force can start by calling our Lateral Entry recruitment specialist at (919) 996-1343 for additional information. Click here for the Lateral application kit. Also, hard copies of the application kits are available at 6716 Six Forks Road.