Officer Requirements Overview

Major requirements to become an officer include:
  • Age 19 to be hired for position of police recruit
  • Applicant must have U.S. citizenship or be a naturalized citizen
  • Completion of high school or GED (some college preferred) - transcripts required
  • Meet credit requirements
  • Military personnel must have an honorable discharge and must be eligible for re-enlistment
  • Must meet vision, hearing, and other physical requirements
  • No domestic violence convictions
  • No DWI / DUI convictions within the past 5 years
  • No felonies (convicted or committed)
  • No serious misdemeanor convictions in the past 5 years
  • Valid driver's license and no suspensions of driving privileges in past 3 years
Durham is a culturally diverse community and our department welcomes all applicants!