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The Asheville Police Department offers career opportunities in a variety of positions such as:

Police Officer
Forensic Services
Police Information Clerk
Selection criteria and qualifications vary according to the position. When vacancies are announced this information will be posted with the announcement.

The City of Asheville and the Asheville Police Department have a commitment to diversity in its work force. In that spirit, we welcome applications from all individuals including women, minorities, and the disabled.

Police Officer Trainee
Applications are accepted at any time. To receive an application, call (828) 259-5934.

Selection Process

The selection process usually takes three months. Candidates must succeed in all of the following areas:

Written Examinations and Orientation
Physical Agility Test
Video Simulation Assessment
Panel Interview
Background Investigation
Management Review
Truth Verification Test
Drug Screen
Medical Exam
Psychological Evaluation
*There are no study materials for these examinations.

Physical Agility Test


This is a 4 part test, all of which is pass/fail. You must complete each of the listed tasks in a satisfactory manner in order to pass and remain in the process. The requirements of the test are as follows:

Applicant must complete a 550 yard run in 2 minutes and 25 seconds or less.
Applicant must be able to remove a 150 pound object (object will simulate injured person) from a vehicle and drag object 25 feet in 25 seconds or less.
Applicant must be able to complete an untimed 1 mile run. Applicant must complete the run without ceasing forward movement.
Applicant must be able to perform 15 proper sit-ups and 15 proper military push-ups in two minutes
Video Simulation Assessment

For the video simulation assessment applicants are placed in a room by themselves with a TV, VCR and a camcorder. There is a practice video scenario and then eight scored scenarios. After watching a scenario, applicants have 45 seconds to respond to the characters on screen as though they were there. The video characters maintain eye contact during the applicant's response, but there is no other interaction. The applicant's response is videotaped and evaluated by trained assessors. This is not a test of knowledge of police procedure or criminal law. It is a test which helps us evaluate an individual's interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills in dealing with a variety of people in difficult situations, like those that police officers encounter. There is not a pass/fail score for B-PAD.

Entry Level Salary for a Police Officer

We offer a starting salary of $25,235

Requirements for a Police Officer

Major requirements to become an officer include:

Minimum of 20 years of age at time of application.
Must be in good physical condition with no obvious condition which will impair the performance of duty, and must pass a physical examination, and physical fitness assessment
Must meet vision, hearing, and other physical requirements
Must have a minimum of an Associates degree or 60 semester hours from an accredited college
Must be a United States Citizen
No felony convictions and no serious misdemeanor convictions in the past five years
Valid driver's license required; no suspensions of driving privileges in the past three years
Must satisfactorily pass a thorough background investigation
Must satisfactorily pass a Truth Verification examination.
Must satisfactorily pass a psychological evaluation.
Must satisfactorily pass a screening test for drugs.
Any history of the usage of hallucinogens or other drugs whose possession would constitute a felony will automatically disqualify the applicant from consideration for employment


Minimum requirement of 60 semester hours or equivalent. Typically, more than half of the recruits selected for an academy class possess a bachelor's degree.

In addition to the age and education requirements discussed above, police officer applicants must be U.S. citizens because of their responsibility to enforce the U.S. Constitution, and they must be eligible to obtain a North Carolina driver's license.

Preparing yourself for the hiring process

Enroll in college level courses at your local university or community college.
Stay fit. Engage in aerobic and strength training activities. Stretch for greater flexibility.
Request a copy of your credit history from Equifax, Inc. (1-800-685-1111), Experian (1-800-682-7654 or 1-800-392-1122) or Trans Union (1-316-636-6100) to ensure that financial information is correct. Correct any errors.
Begin locating documents such as birth certificate, social security card, high school diploma, college transcripts (if applicable), military discharge Form DD-214 (if applicable). You will need these documents during the process.

Criminal History

Any conviction of a felony
Any conviction of a crime for which the punishment could have been more than two years
Conviction of one or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as Class B Misdemeanors within the preceding five (5) years
Conviction of two (2) or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as Class A Misdemeanors within the preceding five (5) years.
Must not have any DUI or DWI convictions

Any involvement in the sale of illegal drugs
Any prior use of hallucinogenic drug such as LSD
Use of any illegal drug within the past two (2) years

Dishonorable discharge from any military service (less than honorable discharge will be reviewed on a case by case basis)

Untruthfulness or the intentional withholding of information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position

Deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements

Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position


Some of the benefits include 401K, life insurance, disability insurance, paid medical and dental insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement benefits, (limited) tuition reimbursement, on the job training, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave, and uniforms and equipment for the positions that require them. City employees may belong to the Premier Federal Credit Union.

We offer reserve opportunities for police officers and telecommunicators, and internship opportunities to college students interested in the criminal justice field.

The Asheville Police Department is committed to the Community Policing Philosophy and is looking for applicants who have an interest in serving the community and helping communities with their problem solving needs.

The Asheville Police Department is a nationally accredited law enforcement agency and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information contact Asheville Police Department Training Unit at (828) 259-5934. or

Asheville Police Department
Attn: Training Unit
P.O. Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802
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