The application process takes 3-6 months to complete. This timeline may be accelerated by the applicant completing their application materials promptly and accurately.
Huntersville Police Department will perform the following screening process of applicants that meet the essential requirements for employing in the following order:
Step 1: Candidate's initial application
Applications complete the online application through the Neogov website, complete an online F3 and submit a completed Town Application for Employment along with all other required applicant paperwork (Supplemental Questionnaire, Body Art form, Release, and Ride Along Form).
Step 2: Preliminary Screening
All applications are screened and the most qualified candidates are identified through preliminary background checks as well as minimum age requirements.
Steps 3&4: Online Personnel History Questionnaire
Applicants are scheduled for the on-line PHQ. Once the applicant completes the PHQ (Personal History Questionnaire), he/she will send the report directly to Law Enforcement Services (LESI). The results are reviewed by LESI and forwarded to HPD. Applicants are also scheduled to complete the FMRT Brains Assessment (Fitness Services, Medical Services, Risk Services, Training Services).
Step 5: Written Cognitive Skills Test and Written Exercise
All applicants must successfully complete a written cognitive abilities test and written exercise as approved by the Chief of Police.
Step 6: Background Investigation
The background investigation initially starts at step 1, but throughout the hiring process all background information is thoroughly investigated and documented in a written summary. At this point successful candidate files are assigned formally to a trained background investigator for those candidates successfully completing steps 1-7.
Step 7: Officer Ride Along
Candidates must complete a 4 hour Ride Along with a HPD Officer.
Step 8: Structured Oral Assessment by Command/Supervisory Staff
The applicant undergoes an oral interview to appraise individual qualifications. Command staff recommends candidate for the final interview with the Chief of Police as an acceptable candidate for employment with HPD.
Step 9: Interview with Chief of Police
The Chief of Police will interview applicants receiving a positive Command Staff Recommendation and may extend a conditional offer of employment.
Step 10: Conditional Offer of Employment
The Chief of Police approves the extension of a conditional offer of employment.
Step 11: Polygraph Examination
Information provided by the applicant on their personal history statement or developed during the background investigation will be verified by a polygraph examination by a certified operator approved by HPD.
Step 12: Psychological Screening, Medical Screening and Drug Screening
Applicants are scheduled a psychological, medical examination as well as drug screening by a physician.
Step 13: Firearms Qualification
The applicant undergoes the NC State Mandated Firearms Qualification by an HPD Range Instructor approved by HPD.
Step 14: Fingerprint Record Check
Applicants will be fingerprinted using FBI Form F@-258, Fingerprint Record Card. The results of the fingerprint record check will be retained in the applicant file and, if employed, incorporated into the personnel file.
Step 15: Acceptance and Assignment of Working Conditions
Applicants may be interviewed by the recruiter to verify or clarify any questions/concerns found during the hiring process. Once all requirements are successfully completed as determined by the Command Staff and approved by the Chief of Police, a hire date will be established.