Police Trainee

Who can apply:

Anyone who meets the minimum requirements.

An in-training position for individuals that have not completed training and academic requirements established by the North Carolina Department of Justice Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards. Will perform under direct supervision of a Police Sergeant or higher ranking Officer. Performs applicable duties associated with training guidelines set by the North Carolina Department of Justice Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards' Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (B.L.E.T.).

Essential Functions:
Ability to performs tasks and assignments as required by the Training Academy.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 20 years of age by end of Basic Law Enforcement Training classes. 
  • Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Test indicating high school equivalency
  • Must take a standardized reading comprehension test and score at the tenth-grade level or higher.
  • Be of good moral character
  • Not have committed or been convicted of:
  1. A felony; or
  2. A crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than two years; or
  3. 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
  4. Four or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as “Class B misdemeanors” regardless of the date of conviction; or
  5. 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 application for employment.
  • Must give written consent to a thorough background investigation.
  • Must give consent to be fingerprinted and a search made of local, state, and national files to disclose any criminal record.
  • Must be examined and certified by a licensed physician or surgeon to meet the physical requirements necessary to properly fulfill the officer’s particular responsibilities and shall have produced a negative result on a drug screen.
  • Must consent to a  psychological screening examination by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist licensed to practice in North Carolina or by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist authorized to practice in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Armed Forces within one year prior to employment by the employing agency to determine the officer’s mental and emotional suitability to properly fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
  • Notify the Department of all criminal offenses which the applicant is arrested for or charged with, pleads no contest to, pleads guilty to or is found guilty of. This shall include all criminal offenses except minor traffic offenses and shall specifically include any offense of Driving Under The Influence (DUI) or Driving While Impaired (DWI). A minor traffic offense is defined as an offense where the maximum punishment allowable by law is 60 days or less.
  • Must have a minimum knowledge of police laws and enforcement.
  • Must possess good written and oral communication skills.
  • Must possess good general math skills.
  • Must possess the ability to establish effective relationships with the public and associates.
  • Must possess the ability to adapt to changing situations quickly and effectively.
  • Ability to understand and carry out instructions.      

Trainee Process

The following is required additional information:

  • City of Kinston Release Form (Has to be notarized)
  • Criminal Justice Standards Release Form (Has to be notarized)
  • F-3 (Has to be notarized)
  • Copy of SS Card 
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Copy of paperwork if you had a legal name change (ie: Marriage or changed for personal reasons)
  • Copy of Valid Driver's License (If out of state you will have to be able to obtain a NC License) 
  • Copy of High School Diploma / GED or transcripts 
  • Copy of College Degree or Transcripts (If applicable)
  • Copy of Military Discharge papers (DD214 with discharge and re-entry codes. if applicable)
  • Certified Driver's History from all states that you held a license.
  • Certified Criminal History’s in place's lived since 16 years of age.
  • Full credit history report.