Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What do I need to do to get a job with UNC-CH Department of Public Safety?
A: Continuously check the UNC-CH DPS website for job openings or the UNC-CH Human Resources for job openings.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: Candidates must be at least 20 years of age.
Q: Are there any restrictions on where I can live?
Q: How many officers do you hire per year?
A: Varies year-to-year based on the number of openings the department may have at any given time.
Q: Do you accept out of state or lateral transfers?
Q: What is Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)?
A: BLET is the state-mandated training required by NC Training and Standards Commission to become a sworn police officer in the State of NC.
Q: I am an experienced police officer. How much can I expect my starting salary to be?
A: $38,217 – $43,890
Q: How long is orientation and field training?
A: Department orientation is 3 weeks and field training is 12 weeks
Q: How long does it take to hire an applicant?”
A: 3 to 5 months.
Q: I do not have a BLET certification. Will the department pay for me to attend BLET if hired?
A: Each candidate is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Does the department offer its own police academy?
Q: Does the police department maintain an eligibility list of police applicants for future vacancies?
Q: Is there a probationary period for new police officers?
A: Yes, 12 months.
Q: Is greater consideration given to applicants who have completed BLET?
A: Yes, BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training) certified candidates are preferred.
Q: Can I enroll in BLET on my own?
A: Yes, through the community college system.
Q: Is greater consideration given to someone with a college degree or a military background?
A: Department reviews all candidates based on total qualifications.
Q: Can you do all of the testing in one or two days for out-of-state applicants?
A: The initial test is done in one day during open house. There will be subsequent testing that will be done by applicants who receive a conditional offer for employment.