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New officers coming straight from BLET will be in the Patrol Training Officer (PTO) program for 16 weeks, and must be recommended for release by Command Staff. Lateral transfer officers may have an abbreviated PTO program, depending on experience. Lateral officers must also be recommended for release by Command Staff.
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The process takes 3-6 months typically. This timeline may be accelerated by the applicant completing their application materials promptly and accurately.
If you live within policy restrictions, yes. If you don’t live within the parameters set by policy, you would still have a patrol car assigned to only you that would have to be parked in town when you’re off.
We have just over 100 sworn officer positions allocated to us.
Yes. Out of state officers must have served in a full-time sworn capacity for more than two years and not have been separated for more than three years. At a minimum, out of state transfer officers must take the legal unit and any other identified training BLET Course and successfully pass the full BLET state examination within their 12-month probationary period.
We strive to select the most qualified applicants and are currently looking for BLET certified candidates.
Most of the specialized units require at least three years of successful patrol experience. Lateral officers with relevant training and experience might be eligible as determined by the Chief of Police.
Directive 1.16 states:
“(a) Tattoos or brands may be visible as long as the tattoo or brand cannot be considered unsuitable, offensive or could bring discredit upon the Police Department.
(b) Applicants for employment and current employees are subject to having their existing tattoos, body modification, body art or brands inspected by the Chief of Police or his/her designee to determine whether they are considered unsuitable, offensive, or could bring discredit upon the agency; and are required to provide photographs of same. Photographs of tattoos located in areas covered by undergarments are not required, however must be disclosed at the time of application for employment. All applicants must complete a Body Art Screening Form and submit it as part of their application package.
(c) The Chief of Police reserves the right to reject applicants based on this policy, and require any employee to cover any tattoos which he/she deems unsuitable, offensive or may bring discredit to the police department.”
A ride-along is mandatory for applicants who move past the stage of an offer of Conditional employment. Ride-alongs are encouraged.
As part of the background investigation, applicants for most positions will be required to submit the following information for review:
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
Huntersville Police Officers are entrusted with the responsibility to keep our town safe from crime and disorder. Therefore, a history of ethical and moral behavior is of the utmost importance. Your background will be looked at very closely. Applicants who have a history of unethical or immoral behavior will not be hired. Applicants will be subjected to an intensive background evaluation, which will include but is not limited to the following:
Must be eligible for certification by North Carolina Training and Standards Commission. See the Minimum requirements under the Hiring Process section.