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Police Department Applicant Information

Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Jacksonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, marital status, religion, or disabilities unrelated to the essential function of the position. 

Position Qualification
Applicant for position with the Jacksonville Police Department Must:
  • Be 20 years of age or older upon date of employment
  • Pass a medical examination
  • Be a Citizen of the United States
  • Be a high school graduate or possess an equivalency certificate
  • Possess a valid North Carolina driver's license
  • Have no convictions of a felony or serious misdemeanor
  • Submit to a thorough background investigation
  • Appear before an interview board
  • Be willing and able to undergo strenuous physical training

Application Information
Applicants for vacancies of certain Police Department positions are required, as part of the application process, to complete and submit not only an online application, but also F-3 (Personal History Form), Authorization for Release of Personal Information, and Selective Service forms. When vacant, the following positions require the completion of these four forms:
  • All police officer and police officer trainee vacancies
  • Telecommunicator vacancies
  • Police records clerk vacancies
  • Police services officer vacancies
  • Administrative assistant vacancies (those assigned to Police Department only)
  • Range master vacancies
  • Custodian vacancies (those assigned to Police Department only)

Failure to complete all four of these forms will disqualify you from being considered for vacancies in these positions. (Note: Please see current job vacancies listed in the Current Open Positions page to complete an online application.)

Police Officer Application Information
Additional steps are required for Police Officer Applicants. For detailed information please refer to the Police Officer Application Process page.

Paper Forms
Blank Authorization for Release of Personal Information and Selective Service forms may be printed using the links found at the bottom of this section. If you do not have access to a printer, blank copies of these forms may be obtained from the Human Resources Department located in Jacksonville City Hall.

To complete the F-3 form, go to This should bring you to the FMRT Group F-3 page. Once there, click on the “To continue and complete an F-3 online, click ‘here’” option. On the next page, select “Police F-3”. On the next page, enter the last four digits of your social security number and then select the appropriate box to “continue” or “come back later". Your completed F-3 package will be stored with the FMRT group. While on the FMRT site, you may be informed that for $19.95 you may store your completed F-3. This is for your purposes only. Once you have completed the F-3, it will automatically be stored with the FMRT Group. However, you will no longer have access to it.

You will need to print off one copy of your completed F-3, have your signature notarized and bring the completed package to the Human Resources Department in City Hall. You will also need to bring the completed Authorization for Release of Personal Information and the Selective Service forms with you as well. The Authorization for Release of Personal Information also requires a notarized signature. A notary is available at City Hall if you are unable to locate one.

Required Documents
Copies of the following documents will also be needed to accompany your application:
  • Birth certificate
  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • College transcripts or diplomas / training
  • Driver’s license; social security card
  • Selective service registration card if subject to draft
  • Basic law enforcement training certificate
  • DD214 if prior military

Copies only of these documents will be needed at this time. You may mail or bring copies of these documents to the Human Resources Department located in City Hall, 815 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, North Carolina 28540. Hours of operation for City Hall Departments are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you are called for interview you must bring the originals of these documents to present to your assigned background investigator. Failure to do so will delay processing.

Skills Testing
Part of the application process for positions with the Jacksonville Police Department includes skills testing. Testing is conducted by the City of Jacksonville Human Resources Department and lasts from one to two hours. You may be contacted regarding scheduling of these tests. Test results will be forwarded to the Jacksonville Police Department as part of your application package.

The length of the application process will vary based on the number of applicants, the number of vacancies and the needs of the department, but will normally run from three to six weeks.

Applicants who fail to successfully complete the Police Department application process are eligible to reapply after 12 months from the date of their previous application.

Any persons needing physical assistance or special accommodations in order to facilitate this testing requirement should contact the Human Resources Department at 910-938-5386.

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