Make a Difference


The Durham Police Department needs you. If you have the drive and determination, you'll find endless opportunities to help build a stronger community.

Durham has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 places to live – a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is ranked the 6th best place to live or relocate to in 2022-2023.

Now Hiring New Officers including In-State and Out-of-State Lateral Officers

Paid training in our Academy
Recruit Starting Pay: $43,445


Are you currently a police officer? Check out our lateral benefit program!

- Maximum Salary Match: Up to $64,242
- Top Pay for Officers: $74,368
- Top Pay for Senior Patrol Officers/Investigators: $90,394
- Hiring Bonus: $10,000
- Relocation Bonus - Up to $3000
- Paid training while in the police academy, Recruit Salary $42,593. - 2.5% education incentive pay for Associate Degree
- 5.0% education incentive pay for Bachelor Degree

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