Applicants must meet all the applicable standards and qualify for State Law Enforcement Certification in accordance with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Training & Standards Commission as well as the policies of the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

You will need: 

A Polk County application (see below).

Two Passport photos (profile photo, head & shoulders-can be obtained at Wal-Mart, CVS, Rite Aid).

A current (not over 30 days old) Credit History (can be obtained through any of the three major credit bureaus or online through a credit history provider).

Certified Criminal Record - can be obtained from the Clerk of Superior Court (must be current/not over 30 days old), one certified copy for every county you have resided in for the previous 10 years, any county you attended school in and any county in which you worked. Each record must include all names you have used (alias/nickname/maiden name).

High School diploma or high school transcripts.

Any two or four year degree, certificate or transcripts.

Valid NC Driver's License.

Social Security Card.

Birth Certificate.

BLET Certificate.

DD214 Form if you were in the military (Member 4 copy).

F-3 Personal History Statement (see below).

Brief handwritten paragraph explaining why you are seeking employement with this agency.


Copies of all the above listed items must accompany the application when delivered to the Sheriff's Office. Copies of your license, social security card, birth certificate and high school diploma/transcript can be made at the Sheriff's Office when your application is submitted. Also, a Notary Public is available at the office to notarize your application packet if necessary. Applications will not be accepted if any of the above information and copies are missing.