Why Become a Winston-Salem Police Officer

Why? Let's find out!

The Winston-Salem Police Department offers some distinct advantages compared with other agencies that you may be considering.

Take-home cars: Winston-Salem Police Officers are assigned their own cars, and if they live in Forsyth County, they may drive them to and from work and to off-duty employment.

Great schedule: Winston-Salem Police Officers work a 5-4, 5-4, 5-5 shift schedule: Five days on, four days off, five days on, four days off, five days on, five days off.

Permanent Shifts: Our patrol officers are assigned to one of three shifts and stay on it. This makes for better policing, and it's better for our officers, too. There's no migrating from shift to shift, having to constantly reset your body clock and your home routine.

Specialized Units: The Winston-Salem Police Department is big enough to offer all the career options found in larger departments, including SWAT, K-9, Motorcycle and more. But we're small enough that you can actually expect to serve in the area of your choice. You won't spend your career waiting in line for your dream assignment.

Superior Training: Our recruits receive more than 1,000 hours of academy training - well over the state requirement of 602 hours. Once you graduate, you'll pair with a more experienced officer for 14 weeks for one-on-one coaching and development.

In addition, Winston-Salem Police Officers enjoy competitive pay and an advantageous retirement plan. Pay scales are reviewed annually. Uniforms and equipment are provided.

Our benefits package includes medical and dental benefits, paid vacation, paid holidays, sick leave, education assistance, life and accidental death insurance, flexible spending accounts (to set aside money tax-free for medical and child care expenses) and more.

Ready to learn more?

The Winston-Salem Police Department is an equal opportunity employer.

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