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Smithfield Police Department Sets New Standard with Highest Starting Salary in Wake and Johnston Counties

The Smithfield Police Department proudly announces a significant milestone in law enforcement recruitment and retention efforts by offering the highest starting salary among all police agencies in Wake and Johnston Counties.


Effective July 1st, new recruits joining the Smithfield Police Department can expect a starting salary of $60,000, plus a $5,000 sign on bonus, numbers that surpass all other agencies in the region. This move is part of the department's ongoing commitment to attract the best and brightest individuals to serve and protect the community.


About the new initiative, Police Chief Pete Hedrick stated, "Ensuring public safety begins with investing in our officers. Offering this salary recognizes the dedication and sacrifice of our law enforcement professionals but also strives to recruit top talent who will uphold our standards of excellence."


The decision to enhance starting salaries comes amidst a nationwide effort to bolster police forces and enhance community safety measures. "We believe that a well-compensated police force is essential to maintaining the safety and security of our community," Chief Hedrick added. "This investment not only benefits our officers and their families but also strengthens our ability to deliver quality law enforcement services to the residents of Smithfield."


Prospective candidates interested in joining the Smithfield Police Department are encouraged to visit for more information about career opportunities, benefits, and the application process.