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Why Salisbury P.D.?


Incentives include $1000.00 for Associate’s Degree, $2000.00 for Bachelor’s Degree, and $2500.00 for a Master’s Degree.


Lateral tranfers receive 1% per year of service for up to 15 years and a $2000.00 sign on bonus. Lateral transfers also can be eligible to start off 5% higher as a POII if they qualify or 10% higher as an MPO if they qualify.


New hires, either non-certified or newly BLET certified, receive a $2000 sign-on bonus. Also, out-of-state and N.C. lateral hires receive a $2,000 bonus.



Bi-lingual officers will receive a 2.5% bonus. Language must meet criteria.


Uniforms, duty gear (including weapon), and take home vehicle (when residence is within Rowan County/30 mile radius of SPD) are standard for SPD officers.  


New police officers earn 8.5 hours of annual leave and 8.5 hours of sick leave per month. Officers receive 13 paid holidays each year as part of the City employee package.

Contact Us

Shaneesha Smith

Shaneesha Smith

Recruitment Manager

(704) 638-2089

Shaneesha Smith is the Salisbury Police Department Recruitment Manager and is responsible for the department's intern program, reserve officers, departmental promotions and Basic Law Enforcement Training (B.L.E.T.) candidates.


Police Officer Base Salary

Police Officer Base Salary 5% Increase after 12 months sworn
$48,873.45 $51,317.12

Police Officer Sign On Bonuses

New Hires (paid lump sum after completion of successful probationary period) $2,000
Lateral Hires (paid lump sum after completion of successful probationary period) $2,000
Credit for Years of Service (up to 15 years) $475 per year (flat rate per year)
Rowan County Relocation (one time) $3,000 (lump sum)

Base Salary Increases for Education/Training

Associate's Degree (at hire) $1,000
Bachelor's Degree (at hire) $2,000
Master's Degree (at hire) $2,500
Certificate (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) $1,300 per level
** Opportunities available for career development and salary increases.

Other Incentives

NC Retirement Eligible Medical benefits for retirees prior to 2012
Bilingual (Spanish test required) 2.5% increase
Equipment Take home vehicle
Time Off New police officers earn 8.5 hours of annual leave and 8.5 hours of sick leave per month, plus 13 holiday days per year.

Total Compensation Handout (PDF)

How Do I Sign-Up?

Hiring Process:

  1. Police Officer Candidates - The first step in the process is to submit the online application. Visit us at to complete an online application.
  2. Once the application has been received, the F3 paperwork and Polygraph Questionnaire will be sent to the applicant. Once reviewed the applicant will be scheduled for a polygraph test.
  3. If the applicant passes the polygraph, a background screening will be completed. Following the background screening, those applicants continuing in the process will be scheduled for a meeting with the Chief of Police.
  4. At the conclusion of their meeting with the Chief of Police, those selected for ongoing consideration will either be extended a conditional offer of employment or placed into a viable stack for hire when an opening exists.
  5. Following the conditional offer phase, an applicant, depending on the position for which they are being considered, must successfully pass a drug, audio, medical and/or psychological screenings.


130 E. Liberty St. Salisbury, NC 28144

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen at least 21 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver's license and a good driving record
  • No felony convictions or certain misdemeanors
  • Ability to pass a thorough background review
  • Ability to pass a drug screen
  • Ability to pass a medical examination
  • Ability to pass a psychological review


Semester College Internships provide police interns with the opportunity to work and learn alongside officers from both the Patrol and Investigations Divisions. After completing the internship, students will earn college credit while gaining a greater understanding of what is expected to be an officer with the Salisbury Police Department.

The Salisbury Police Department’s Intern Program is a highly competitive process. Prospective applicants must have high moral character and a dedication to community oriented policing. Prospective applicants must be currently enrolled in college and follow all course/syllabus expectations.

Applications should be directed to Human Resources at

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