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 Recruitment Sergeant Joe Miller


Sergeant Joe Miller began work as a telecommunicator for the Salisbury Police Department in August 1998. He attended Basic Law Enforcement Training (B.L.E.T.) in August 2000 and was sworn in as an officer in December 6, 2000.

Miller served on the department's Transition Team from 2002-2004, was a Traffic Safety Officer from 2005-2010 and currently serves on the department's Morale Team.

In addition, Miller was awarded the Brad Patrick Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) Chapter's award for most DWI arrests - 2007 and 2008 and was voted Veteran Officer of the Year for the Salisbury Police Department in 2008.

Sergeant Miller is currently assigned to the position of Recruitment Sergeant and is responsible for the department's intern program, reserve officers, ride-along program, departmental promotions and Basic Law Enforcement Training (B.L.E.T.) candidates.

Duties of the department's Recruitment Sergeant include recruiting both civilian and sworn personnel for the department. These duties are accomplished by various activities, to include individual contacts with interested parties that establish contact with the department and through more formal activities such as job fairs, consortiums and on sight visits to local community colleges.

Individual Officers and employees are also encouraged to recruit from the community at large due to the broad nature of the Salisbury Police Department's business. Employment Ready-Packs are available for distribution and include a Job Interest Card, which starts the hiring process for interested parties.

Eligibility Requirements
  • U.S. citizen at least 21 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Valid driver's license and a good driving record
  • No felony convictions nor certain misdemeanors
  • Ability to pass a thorough background review
  • Ability to pass a drug screen, psychological review and medial examination
  • Ability to meet North Carolina requirements for law enforcement officers

Hiring Process

  • Police Officer Candidates - Test at Salisbury Police Department, the first Tuesday of each month at 9:00 a.m. No appointment is necessary.
  • Candidates will be notified within 24hrs of test completion. If candidate passes the initial test, they may proceed with the completion of an application.
  • If an application is submitted by the 15th of the month, those applicants chosen to proceed in the process will be slated for an oral board phase by the end of the same month. Those submitting applications after the 15th will likely be scheduled for the oral board process the following month.
  • Following oral boards, those applicants chosen to proceed in the process will be scheduled for a polygraph and background screening.
  • Following the background screening, those applicants continuing in the process will be scheduled for a meeting with the Chief of Police.
  • At the conclusion of their meeting with the Chief of Police, those selected for ongoing consideration will either be extended a conditional offer of employment or placed into a viable stack for hire when an opening exists.
  • Following the conditional offer phase, an applicant, depending on the position for which they are being considered, must successfully pass drug, audio, medical and/or psychological screenings.

 Contact Information

Recruitment Sergeant
​Joe Miller
(704) 638-2089​

Recruitment Manager
Michael Neely





​Police Officer Candidates

Testing is required as the first step in the hiring process.  This is offered the first Tuesday of each month at 9am here at the police department.  The test is a general knowledge test and lasts about 3 hours.  Once you pass the test, you will be given an application packet to apply.  No appointments are necessary!  Call with questions.​