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Yes. You are paid from the first date of employment.
Are you holding lateral police academies at this time?
All laterals have to attend refresher courses at the training facility. However,a certified law enforcement officer with two years full time experience at their current agency and with no more than one year break in service is eligible for a higher salary.
I am BLET certified. Will I be required to attend the entire police academy?
No. however, you will be required to complete the 11 week FTO program.
When is your next police academy?
We run two police academies a year. One starts in January and one in July.
How large is your Police Department?
We have over 400 sworn police officers.
Do you hire out- of-state candidates at your Police Department?
Is there a residency requirement for your Police Department Employees?
How long does the Police Officer hiring process take?
The hiring process takes four to six months.
How many people are you hiring for your next police academy?
The number of applicants is determined based on the present vacancy levels and the budget.
Do I have to attend an applicant orientation briefing to become a police officer?
No, but all applicants are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND ONE OF THE BRIEFINGS.
How long does the applicant orientation briefing last and what should I bring?
Applicant orientation briefing last approximately two hours. Please bring identification and something to take notes on.
Is there an age requirement/cutoff to become a Police Officer?
All recruits must be 20.5 years of age when applying. (Applicant must turn 21 while in the academy). There is no maximum age.
Would police officers have a take home car?
Yes after successful completion of the FTO program and release to solo patrol.
Do I have to work patrol/street duty or can I go to a specialized unit once I graduate from the police academy?
All recruits are assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division upon graduating from the academy. Officers are eligible to apply to specialized units one year after the date of the release to solo patrol.
What records are required to apply to be a police officer and how do I obtain copies?
1- Current out of state residents wishing to apply are required to submit a DMV driving record with their application.
2- A copy of your DD214 form(s) (Copy #2 and/or Copy #4 if a military Veteran).
3- An original High School diploma or sealed HS transcripts.
NOTE: All documents are to accompany your application. Also, if you mailing your application please DO NOT send original documents in with it. Obtain certified true copies to place in the mail.
Can I do a ride along with an police officer?
We encourage you to participate in our ride along program. See web site for instructions.
Do I have to stay overnight at the police academy?
No, recruits go home every night.
What is police departments policy on Tattoos?
Tattoos or brands cannot be visible on the head, face, arm, hand, leg, chest or neck for all sworn and non-sworn employees. Tattoos must be covered unless authorized by the Chief of Police in regards to work assignments. Tattoos may be concealed by covering makeup consistent with the employee�s skin tone, an approved �Tat-Jacket�, or clothing. Any other method for covering tattoos must be approved by the Executive Staff. These items must be purchased at the employee�s expense. Body modifications such as horns or split tongues are not allowed.
Is there a study guide that can assist me in the written exam portion?
Athletic attire will be needed for the physical fitness portion of the testing. (Be comfortable).
If my ETS date isn't until the next year, when should I begin the process?
As close to you ETS date as possible without missing the process deadline posted on the web site.
Can I still fill out the application even though my ETS date is a year from now and it be saved until I get out?
Unfortunately this is not our practice due to the influx of applications that we have to deal with. There are too many logistical problems that could be caused by this.
What are the Fayetteville Police Department's policies on tattoos, hairstyles, beards and jewelry?
Tattoos - All on-duty employees, including those working secondary employment, are prohibited from displaying any offensive tattoos, body art, branding, and/or unconventional body piercing, with the exception of employees working in an undercover capacity. For the purpose of this policy, offensive includes tattoos that are vulgar, sexually explicit, racist, or regardless of content cover a large portion of exposed skin and Unconventional body piercing includes but is not limited to the areas of the tongue, nose, eyebrow and lip. Employees with tattoos, body art, or branding that is deemed inappropriate by their supervisor shall cover the area with a Department-approved uniform or by wearing a skin patch that covers the tattoos, body art, or branding. A skin patch is any patch or bandage that is of a neutral/skin tone.
Hairstyles - Hair shall not extend over the shirt collar or over the ears. The hairstyle shall not interfere with the proper wearing of the uniform.
Beards - The face will be clean shaven. Sideburns shall not extend below the middle of the earlobes.
Jewelry - The following items are authorized 1) one wrist watch 2) two finger rings of choice and 3) medical identification bracelet
How can I become involved or start a Community Watch Group?
By contacting the Crime Prevention Specialists at (910) 433-1033/1034.