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What We're Looking For

We are looking for diverse problem solvers with a desire to effect positive change within our community. If you are interested in a non-sworn, civilian position in our Records Division or Animal Services Team please check the Employment section of the Town's website for current openings.

If you currently serve in law enforcement as a sworn full-time officer, are BLET-certified or currently attending a BLET course, or are interested in a career as an Emergency Communications Officer, we encourage you to consult the Application Process tab on this page. 

If you need further information or have specific questions about the recruiting process, please contact  Sgt. John Glascock at (919) 460-4916.

Application Process

Congratulations on your decision to enter or continue a career in law enforcement. The application process for the Cary Police Department includes several steps and takes approximately 2-4 months. If you currently serve as a sworn, full-time law enforcement officer outside of North Carolina, please review the Common Questions tab below for additional information.

Step 1: Application 

Complete the online application and attach your F3 form (Criminal Justice Standards for LEO, Sheriffs Standards for ECO). For best results, use the current F3 form listed on Please do not convert the form from pdf or attach additional documents. If the F3 is not attached, your application will not be processed.

Step 2: Panel Interview

The panel interview consists of a Human Resources representative, the recruiting sergeant and, based on the position applied for, two sworn or non-sworn employees. Depending on your performance, you may be called to schedule an administrative interview.

View tips on how to prepare for your panel interview.

Step 3: Administrative Interview

The administrative interview is a follow-up interview with two members of the Department's administrative team. Depending on the outcome, you may be called to schedule a final interview with the Chief of Police.

Step 4: Final Interview with Chief of Police

After this step you may receive a conditional offer of employment. It should be noted that this is not a contract and is contingent upon successful completion of requirements specific to the position for which you applied.

Police Officer
  • Police Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT)
  • Medical and Psychological Examinations
  • Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) Test
  • Background Investigation
  • Firearms Qualification Course (Minimum score of 80%)
Emergency Communications Officer
  • Medical and Psychological Examinations
  • Computerized Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) Test
  • Background Investigation
Benefits and Pay


The starting salary for a police officer is $46,633 - $54,537. Starting salary varies based on the applicant’s prior experience, education and training. Top pay for a Senior Police Officer is currently $79,684. 

The starting salary for an Emergency Communications Officer is $38,376 - $47,112, dependent on the applicant's prior experience, education and training. Top pay for a Senior ECO is currently $65,561.

Career Ladder

The Department’s Career Ladder Program encourages professional development by providing a 5 percent pay increase with each advancement. The Career Ladder pay increase is in addition to an annual merit raise. Steps within the Career Ladder include:    

Police Officer

Police Officer I                                                   
Police Officer II
Master Officer
Senior Officer

Emergency Communications Officer

Emergency Communications Officer I
Emergency Communications Officer II
Senior Emergency Communications Officer
Emergency Communications Supervisor


The Town also provides a generous benefits package that includes:

  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 12 days paid Holiday Leave
  • Annual Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 5% Employer Contribution to 401(k)
  • Employer Paid Life Insurance (Additional voluntary benefit products available)
  • Local Government Employee Retirement System (LGERS) Pension
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Uniform and Equipment Provided

Additional details regarding benefits and pay can be found here.

Common Questions

What are the requirements to become a police officer in North Carolina?

For information on North Carolina BLET programs and requirements to become a certified law enforcement officer, please visit the North Carolina Department of Justice website.

What are the training requirements to become an Emergency Communications Officer?

Emergency Communications Officer Trainees must complete a 16-week, in-house field training program. Field training consists of three phases where trainees will be assigned to Police Field Operations, Cary Emergency Medical Services and the Cary Fire Department. ECO trainees will receive several certifications, and are required to obtain their Basic Emergency Communications Officer Certification within the first year of employment.

What is the size of your department?

The department has 198 sworn police officers who are supported by 27 emergency communications officers and a civilian staff of 20 team members.

What type of shifts do officers work?

Patrol consists of five patrol teams; Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, Delta and Echo. Patrol team schedules rotate hours every 28 days but maintain set days off.

Alpha, Bravo and Charlie work 10-hour shifts Tuesday-Friday, and are off Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Every 28 days these three teams rotate between days, evenings and nights. Delta works 12 hour shifts Saturday-Monday, and every other Tuesday for eight hours. Echo works 12.5 hour shifts Saturday-Monday and one Tuesday per month for court and training. Delta and Echo rotate between days and nights every 28 days. The work schedule for specialty assignments varies based on the position.

Are there any residency requirements?

No, the Cary Police Department does not require anyone to live within the Town limits.

Do you accept out-of-state transfers?

Applicants outside of North Carolina will be evaluated based on their training and experience. At a minimum, out-of-state candidates must have completed a basic law enforcement training course accredited by the state from which they are transferring and two years of full-time, sworn law enforcement experience. Out-of-state applicants cannot have a break in service exceeding one year. You will also be required to submit a detailed academy syllabus listing topics and hours from the time you attended BLET. Those topics and hours are entered into a matrix which will be compared to North Carolina standards. 

Prior to employment as a certified law enforcement officer in North Carolina, out-of-state applicants must successfully complete the employing agency's in-service firearms training and qualification program. They must also complete the Legal Unit (minimum of 98 hours) of the Commission-Accredited BLET and any additional training as mandated by Training & Standards. The applicant must then successfully pass the entire state comprehensive examination within their 12-month probationary period.

If an applicant applied during a previous recruitment, can that application packet be used for the current recruitment?

No. The Department requires that a new application packet be completed to ensure all pertinent information is included and up-to-date. 

What is the probationary period for new employees?

North Carolina State law requires a one-year probationary period for all new police officers. The probationary period for new emergency communication officers and other non-sworn positions is six months.

Does the Cary Police Department have a take-home car program?

No, the Cary Police Department does not have a take-home car program. Patrol officers are assigned a vehicle that is shared with an officer from an opposite shift. The patrol vehicle is parked within the officers assigned District.

What is your policy regarding tattoos?

General Order 2.07 states: “Body piercings and tattoos may not be visible to the public while on duty. Tattoos are defined as any tattoo, scar, branding, mark, or other permanent or temporary body art or modification deliberately placed on the body for purposes of decoration, ornamentation, or adornment. All offensive and/or inappropriate tattoos are strictly prohibited. Offensive and inappropriate tattoos are defined as those which depicts gang related images, racially inappropriate images, sexually suggestive or explicit images, or if the image depicts, describes or refers to intolerance of, or discrimination against any race, color, preference, creed, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation or, it is commonly associated with any organization or group which advocates such intolerance or discrimination. Tattoos on the face, neck and hands or any location which cannot be concealed by the proper wearing of the issued long sleeve uniform is prohibited. Officers who currently have visible tattoo(s) are required to have their tattoos covered at all times while on duty. The method of concealment of tattoos while on duty will be through the wearing of the long sleeve uniform shirt.”

What documents are required for the application process?

As part of the background investigation, applicants for most positions will be required to submit the following information for review:

  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Credit Report
  • Certified Criminal Records Checks from all counties in which candidate lived in the last 10 years. If candidate attended high school within those 10 years and the high school was located in a different county than candidate's residence, must include that county's criminal history check as well.
  •  Certified Driving History from all states in which candidate has lived in the past 10 years.
  •  Copy of High School Diploma or GED
  •  Copy of College Diploma or transcript if not graduated (if applicable)
  •  Copy of BLET Certificate Of Graduation (if applicable)
  •  Copy of Law Enforcement Certificate (if applicable)
  •  Copy of full DD 214 (if applicable)

Out-of-state applicants who are certified law enforcement officers must also submit an official curriculum from their basic law enforcement training academy which includes a topical and hourly breakdown of the training received.

Please follow the links below for information on how to obtain your credit report and certified copies from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and North Carolina courts.

Credit Report Information

NC DOT Certified Driving Records Request

North Carolina Department of Justice

Internship and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Cary Police Department offers a limited number of internship and sponsorship opportunities for college and North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Programs.

Internship opportunities are limited to college juniors and seniors who are required to participate as part of their course curriculum for graduation. For additional information on internship opportunities please contact Lt. Bryant Brame .

Sponsorship applicants are required to submit a Form F3 to Sgt. John Glascock. Once the F3 is reviewed, the applicant may be contacted regarding an interview and Patrol Ride-Along. Based on the applicants performance, the applicant may then be scheduled for a final interview with the Chief of Police for a potential sponsorship. Due to the limited number of sponsorship's and length of the interview process, we encourage interested parties to apply three to four months before the program starts.

Sponsorship is not a guarantee of employment, and may include assistance with a portion of BLET equipment and/or fees.