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Recruiting - Police Academy

 
The Durham Police Department is dedicated to hiring and training officers who represent the best the law enforcement profession has to offer. Only after an extensive pre-employment process do we even start to mold a recruit into a professional, dedicated officer.
 
Recruits running together
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
                                            Recruits Run Together in PT Class
 
Upon entering the Durham Police Academy, recruits enter a new world. Motivated by experienced instructors and Training Division staff, recruits learn what it takes to become a well-trained police officer.The academy changes the recruit. The recruits will be physically and mentally challenged through a strenuous physical training program and an academically challenging curriculum. They make friends that will last a lifetime. But above all, they will stand tall and proud at graduation when they officially become Durham police officers.
 
Recruits practice at the range

 

 

                                                                 Shooting at the Range

                                               Recruits practice at the range
 
The State of North Carolina requires 16 weeks of training, but the Durham Police Academy is 26 weeks long and teaches more than what the state mandates. The academy is held at Durham Technical Community College's North Durham Campus on Snowhill Road. The classes include pursuit driving, defensive tactics, firearms, and North Carolina law. The recruits learn survival Spanish, undergo diversity training, and learn about hazardous materials, domestic violence, sexual assault, community policing, sexual harassment and many other topics. The academy is followed by an on-the-job training period with an experienced officer.
 
Recruits practice vehicle stops



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
                                                  Recruits Practice Vehicle Stop Techniques
 
 BLET graduate with chief

Recruit receives fitness award
 
 

 

 

 

 

                     

                   Recruit Receives Fitness Award            Police Chief Pins Badge on BLET Graduate 

To find out more, contact the Recruiting Unit at (919) 560-4575 or e-mail: Master Officer P. C. Shackleford, Officer C.Q. Goss or Master Officer Jacqueline Fountain

Durham is a culturally diverse community and our department welcomes all applicants!