Lateral Entry Program

Looking for Experienced Officers

Join the ranks of the Winston-Salem Police Department. If you’re a sworn law enforcement officer and you’re looking to continue your law enforcement career, then look no further than the WSPD. We are seeking out highly qualified individuals who exhibit integrity, professionalism and dedication and want to bring their skills and experience to the service of the citizens of Winston-Salem. The Winston-Salem Police Department prides itself as being an innovative and progressive agency. An agency with a mission to protect life and property by providing exceptional police services to our community in partnership with the citizens of Winston-Salem. We invite you to make a difference, to become a member of our team, the WSPD.  

The application process for lateral transfers is the same as for new officers.

Specific Qualifications for Lateral Entry (In-State Only):

  • Certified as a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer by the NCCJETSC. Non sworn, part-time and previous experience (outside of current agency) will not be considered.
  • Non-qualifying experience, such as: corrections officer, probation officer, park ranger, security officer, detention officer, jailer, etc., as determined by the department, will not be considered.  

Specific Qualifications for Out-of-State Transfers

  • Minimum 2 years, full-time sworn service, with current agency. Out-of-state transferees cannot have a break in service exceeding one year. Non-sworn, part-time and previous experience (outside of current agency) will not be considered.
  • Non-qualifying experience, such as: corrections officer, probation officer, park ranger, security officer, detention officer, jailer, etc., as determined by the department, will not be considered.

The following documentation must be submitted during the course of your application process:

  1. You must submit a letter from your agency verifying the years of FULL-TIME service. This letter should be on agency letterhead and signed by the Chief of the agency and/or his designee (representative of the agency's Personnel or Human Resources Division).
  2. Copy of your certificate of completion from the basic academy from which you graduated. If you graduated from an academy in a different state than where you now work and are transferring from, submit a copy of the certificate of completion from the original academy as well as verification of any basic training completed in the state from which you are transferring. This certificate of completion must include the number of hours you completed in the Academy you attended.

    Example:  You are a police officer in Atlanta, Georgia and want to transfer to the WSPD. Before becoming a Atlanta Police Officer, you lived in Florida and worked as a police officer for the city of Tampa. You will need to submit your original certification from Tampa, Florida, in addition to any basic training you completed to become certified in Georgia.
  3. A topical breakdown/syllabus of the courses taught in the basic Academy you attended. This breakdown must include course names and hours taught. 

    Example: Course Orientation (2 Hours) Physical Fitness Training (54 Hours) Elements of Criminal Law (28 Hours)

    Prior to employment as a certified law enforcement officer in North Carolina, out-of-state transferees must successfully complete the employing agency's in-service firearms training and qualification program. They must also complete the Legal Unit (minimum of 96 hours) of the Commission-certified Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Course and successfully pass the BLET state examination within their 12-month probationary period. Additional training may be required based upon variances between NC Training Standards and the state in which you received your certification.

    Note: Item 3 applies to Out-of-State transferees only. If you hold certification through the state of N.C., then a course syllabus is not required. You must however provide a detailed time line regarding when you obtained your certification (date completed), and list all law enforcement service/employment which has followed. If you have separated employment you must provide a detailed account as to what led to your separation and any/all disciplinary actions taken against you during your employment (for all agencies) and advise if all internal investigations had been concluded. To merely indicate “Resigned by Mutual Agreement” is not acceptable.


For more information call (336)773-7925
toll-free 1(877)777-WSPD or e-mail recruit@wspd.org

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