Application Process


Criminal History

*Any felony conviction

*Any conviction for a crime for which the punishment could have been more than two years

*Conviction of one or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as Class B misdemeanors within the preceding five years

*Conviction of two or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as Class A misdemeanors within the preceding five years

Traffic Violations

*Having a driver's license suspended or revoked in the three years before making an application or at any time after the date of application; entering a plea of no contest, being convicted, or received a prayer for judgement continued for a traffic offense which may result in the suspension or revocation of driving privileges

*A DUI or DWI conviction within the past 10 years

*Two or more accidents in which the applicant was charged and convictedwithin the preceding three years

*Three or more convictions of moving violations or the accumulation of eight points using the North Carolina point system within the preceding three years, OR four or more convictions of moving violations within the preceding five years, OR five or more convictions of moving violations within the preceding seven years


*Any involvement in the sale of illegal drugs

*Prior drug usage is evaluated for the extent of the use and how recent the use has been


*Demonstrated history of financial irresponsibility


*Dishonorable discharge from any military service (less-than-honorable discharge will be reveiwed on a case-by-case basis)

*Untruthfulness or the intentional withholding of information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position

*Deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements

*Cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position

Employment Process

Application Material

When a position of vacancy occurs, the FSU Police Department will make an announcement using the University's Human Resource website and the department's website.  Application materials can be found on the University's Human Resources Department website or by calling the University's Human Resource Department at 910.672.1146 or via email at Application materials must be submitted by deadlines specified in the vacancy announcement.  Failure to submit all documents by dates and times indicated may result in removal from the application process.

Application Screening Process

FSU Police Department will complete a preliminary background check prior to forwarding the applications on to the Chief of Police and other administration for review.

Background Investigation

Professional business attire is required for this interview.  Applicants in the candidate pool will be scheduled to attend an in person scheduled interview with the FSU Police Department. A complete work history must be outlined in the F-3 without any time lapses.  If all relevant information is not disclosed, this more than likely will result in disqualification from the hiring process.

The applicant should also bring the following documents to their scheduled interview. Failure to bring these documents will delay the processing of your application and could preclude you from moving further in the process.

*Copy of a birth certificate or certificate of naturalization

*Copy of high school diploma or certified copy of transcript, or GED and college transcript if applicable

*Copy of military discharge papers (DD-214), if applicable

*Copy of Social Security Card

*A true certified copy of warrants for arrest, criminal summons or any other criminal charges with dispositions as well as traffic offenses in which the applicant has been charged.

*Copy of all law enforcement certificates including BLET Certificate, must be presented at the time of the first interview for further consideration in the application process

*Valid North Carolina driver’s license – Copy of Same

*NC Criminal Justice Standards Division Application for Law Enforcement

A background interview will be conducted by a FSU Investigator with the applicant at a later scheduled time. All applicants will be fingerprinted and photographed as part of the background investigation. The interview will consist of state mandated background questions.  The applicant will then be asked to complete a Release of Information Form and a Insight Applicant Authorization that will be notarized by the department.  The applicant will also complete an online background summary sheet for FMRT and other tests as deemed necessary.  Following the initial interview, the applicant’s files will be returned to the Chief of Police for further review.  Applicants are selected for further background investigations based on overall qualifications and the needs of the department.

During the background investigation the investigator is going to be interviewing references provided and past employers as well as any other references that develop from these interviews.  It is the investigator’s goal to determine if the candidate is a good fit for this department and to verify the candidate’s qualifying credentials.

Medical Exam, Psychological Exam, Drug Testing

A medical exam, psychological exam and drug test must be successfully completed in a timely fashion.  These exams are schedueld and paid for the FSU Police Department.  Final hiring decisions will be made after the receipt of the results from all examinations.


The hiring process can take 3 to 5 months on average to complete.
Each phase of the application process requires departmental approval and the applicant will be notified upon approval.

Applicant Requirements

*Must be 20 years of age

*No maximum age restriction

*High school graduate or equivalent

*United States citizen

*Must be of good character and moral background

*Valid NC Driver's License or ability to obtain one

*Have corrected vision of 20/20 - Applicant can not be colorblind

*Ability to wear a gas mask and work in confined spaces when needed

*Ability to work a rotating schedule of days and nights - 48 hours first week & 36 hours second week

*Ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in written form

*Customer Service Oriented when dealing with the general public

*Act in a professional manner when dealing with prepresentatives from the criminal justice system

*Preferred, but not necessary a candidate that has an Assciate's Degree or higher from an acfredited community college or university

*Firearms pre-qualifications (must score at least 70%)

All applicants must meet standards for certification as a police officer set forth by the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission

Various Certifications Considered

*NC Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET)
(County, municipality, special police, etc.)

*In the process of completing BLET and has never worked anywhere

*Out of state certified with university experience

*Out of state certified

*Non-certified Individuals

Non-Certified/Out Of State Transfers-Training

*Complete entire Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) if hired without certification

*If from out of state, completion of the 96 hour NC legal block within one year of hiring date is required in order to obtain NC Certification as long as out of state certification transfers

*Most state certifications are transferable

Field Training

A new officer is trained in department policies and procedures and other areas unique to Fayetteville State University.  The field training period will allow the new officer to apply the principles and procedures to the actual situations on campus.