How to Apply

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Read the below steps before applying to The Wilmington Police Department



 Candidates must meet the following minimum requirements: 

- 20 years of age at the time of application
 - Valid driver's license   
 - U. S. Citizen
 - High School Diploma or GED
All applicants must complete an online Wilmington Police Department application packet to be considered. Candidates must successfully complete the recruitment process to include: physical abilities testing; written test; interviews; background investigation; polygraph; psychological evaluation; and medical examination with drug screen.

 The following forms must be completed and attached to the online application for consideration:

 - North Carolina Personal History Statement (F3) - select "Police F3", complete online, print, sign & notarize.
 - WPD Personal History Waiver - complete, sign & notarize.
 - WPD Credit Inquiry Waiver - complete, sign & notarize.
 - Criminal History Inquiry Waiver - complete, sign & notarize.
 - Driving History Inquiry Waiver - complete & sign.
 - WPD Recruiting Survey - complete & sign.
 - Copy of Birth Certificate.
 - Copy of Official Transcript (Seal not required).
      - High School - transcript only.
      - GED - copy of final grade must be attached.
      - College - transcript only.
 ***Note: Forms may be notarized at the Human Resources Department or The Wilmington Police Department at no cost. You cannot apply unless there is a formal job opening listed on the City of Wilmington Human Resources page.  

The following is a summary of the steps in the recruitment process:

Step 1: Completion of City of Wilmington Police Officer online Application Packet
Step 2: Preliminary Screening (against job qualifications)
Step 3: Job-Related Physical Abilities Test
Step 4: Written Test
Step 5: Interview Board
Step 6: Complete Background Investigation
Step 7: Deputy Chiefs of Police Interview


Steps 8-11 are to be completed after a conditional job offer has been given.

Step 8: Polygraph
Step 9: Psychological Evaluation
Step 10: Medical/Drug Screening
Step 11: Final Offer of Employment

After an online Application Packet is submitted to the City of Wilmington Human Resources Department, it will be forwarded to the Wilmington Police Department Professional Development Unit. Applicants who meet the initial minimum requirements will be contacted to attend the Physical and Written Testing once the application has been reviewed.

The Physical Abilities Test is outlined below and must be completed in 7 minutes 20 seconds or less to continue in the hiring process. Applicants will be given one attempt to pass the test.

 - Run 200 yards
 - Step up on a step box 20 times
 - 15 Push Ups
 - 15 Sit Ups
 - Step up on a step box 20 times
 - 15 Push Ups
 - 15 Sit Ups
 - Run 200 yards

The Written Test will consist of a video-based, multiple choice test. Applicants must achieve a score of at least 70% in order to continue in the recruitment process.

The application process can take up to four months to complete. For more information, please contact the Wilmington Police Department. 

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