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  • Paid training while in the police academy

  • Opportunities in 20+ specialized units

  • 401(k) retirement plan (equivalent of 5% of annual salary contributed by the City)

Offering great opportunities for advancement and special assignments, as well as many other great benefits:

Rise to the Challenge!


Rise to the Challenge

Join the Durham Police Department

Make a difference



Officers are eligible for special assignments after two years.

The Durham Police Department needs you. If you have the drive and determination, you’ll find endless opportunities to help build a stronger community.

  • Gang Unit

  • Homicide Unit

  • Hostage Negotiations

  • K9 Unit

  • Robbery Unit

  • School Resource Officers

Apply Today

The hiring process usually takes 4 to 6 months. Applicants proceed through the following hiring process:
Open house
2. Written test
Physical fitness testing
4. Oral review board
5. First selection
6. Background investigation
7. Final selection
8. Conditional offer followed by medical screening, psychological evaluation, polygraph exam and drug screening
9. Job offer / hire date

Hiring Process Overview

Offering great opportunities 
advancement and special assignments, as well as many other great benefits: