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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.

Total Compensation Package


Police interns will have the opportunity to work and learn alongside officers from both the Patrol and Investigations Divisions.

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Why Salisbury's 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 20 years and a $5000.00 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 will receive a $750 sign-on bonus if they are BLET certified. Out-of-state and N.C. lateral hires can receive up to a $5,000 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.

How Do I Sign-Up?

Hiring Process:

  1. Police Officer Candidates - The first step in the process is to take a written test. This test is by appointment only and can be schedule by emailing Sgt. Crews or Lt. Walker at
  2. Candidates will be notified within 24hrs of test completion. If candidate passes the initial test, they may proceed with the completion of an application.
  3. If an application is submitted by the 15th of the month, those applicants chosen to proceed in the process will be slated for an oral board phase by the end of the same month. Those submitting applications after the 15th will likely be scheduled for the oral board process the following month.
  4. Following oral boards, those applicants chosen to proceed in the process will be scheduled for a polygraph and background screening.
  5. Following the background screening, those applicants continuing in the process will be scheduled for a meeting with the Chief of Police.
  6. 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.
  7. Following the conditional offer phase, an applicant, depending on the position for which they are being considered, must successfully pass drug, audio, medical and/or psychological screenings.


130 E. Liberty St. Salisbury, NC 28144

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen at least 20 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 Officer Shaneesha Smith at

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