Why Become a Police Officer

The Winston-Salem Police Department (WSPD) offers some distinct advantages compared with other agencies that you may be considering.

Take-Home Cars

Winston-Salem Police Officers are assigned their own cars, and if they live in Forsyth County, they may drive them to and from work and to off-duty employment.

Great Schedule

Winston-Salem Police Officers work a 5-4, 5-4, 5-5 shift schedule: Five days on, four days off, five days on, four days off, five days on, five days off.

Permanent Shifts

Our patrol officers are assigned to one of three shifts and stay on it. This makes for better policing, and it's better for our officers, too. There's no migrating from shift to shift, having to constantly reset your body clock and your home routine.

Specialized Units

The Winston-Salem Police Department is big enough to offer all the career options found in larger departments, including SWAT, K-9, Motorcycle and more. But we're small enough that you can actually expect to serve in the area of your choice. You won't spend your career waiting in line for your dream assignment.

Superior Training

Our recruits receive more than 1,000 hours of academy training - well over the state requirement of 602 hours. Once you graduate, you'll pair with a more experienced officer for 14 weeks for one-on-one coaching and development.

Other Benefits

In addition, Winston-Salem Police Officers enjoy competitive pay and an advantageous retirement plan. Pay scales are reviewed annually. Uniforms and equipment are provided.

Our benefits package includes:

  • Education assistance
  • Flexible spending accounts (to set aside money tax-free for medical and child care expenses)Police Officer Leaning Against Police Charger
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Medical and dental benefits
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid vacation
  • Sick leave
  • More

Equal Opportunity Statement

The Winston-Salem Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.