The Burlington Police Department prides itself on the quality of its officers, so we have incredibly high standards for the individuals we hire. Please review the qualifications and disqualifications to ensure you meet our standards for hire. 

  1. Qualifications
  2. Automatic Disqualifiers

Physical Requirements:

  • Applicants must be at least 20 years of age and possess a valid North Carolina driver's license.
  • All applicants must be in good physical condition and therefore able to perform assigned duties. Applicants will need to pass a rigid physical examination.
  • All applicants must have normal vision or both eyes correct to current minimum standards in each eye, including normal color and depth perception. Normal hearing ability is required.

Education Requirements:

  • All applicants must be a high school graduate or have possession of a high school equivalency certificate issued by the N.C. State Board of Education or an adult high school diploma issued by the N.C. Department of Community Colleges.
  • Basic Law Enforcement Training Certificate (BLET) is not a requirement
  • Completion of advanced degrees preferred.

Character and Morals:

  • All applicants must be of good moral character, clean habits, and be free from evidence of intemperance.
  • All applicants will undergo a background investigation and will cover all factors relating to the acceptability of the applicant.

Alex Shockley

Sergeant, Training & Professional Standards