The Cadet Program, Internships, & Scholarships

We believe in investing in our officers. From cutting-edge training programs and technology to opportunities for advancement, we are dedicated to helping you reach your full potential. Together, we build bridges with the community we serve, fostering trust and collaboration.

WSPD Cadet Program

This program is designed for recent High School graduates and those who are not yet eligible to sit in the WSPD Police Academy.

About the Program

  • Get paid while attending college, (including books, fees, and tuition), with full-time employment with the Winston-Salem Police Department.
  • Be registered as a full-time Criminal Justice Student at Forsyth Technical Community College, Davidson Community College, Surry Community College, Rockingham Community College, and Guilford Technical Community College.
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Will complete 40 hours a week: 20 hours as a student at an authorized Community College and 20 hours of employment at the Winston-Salem Police Department until graduation
  • Applicant must pass a background check and initial eligibility testing
  • Scholarship recipients have a three-year service commitment as a sworn law enforcement officer with the WSPD

WSPD Internships

An internship is a non-paid self-directed learning experience designed for persons enrolled in a college or university, to gain practical experience in the criminal justice system. The department does not have a similar program for high school students.

Submitting Application

If interested please download an Internship Application (PDF) and once completed, return it to:

The Beaty Training Center/Recruiting office
1200 N. Patterson Ave.
Winston-Salem NC 27101

Additional Information
For more information, please contact Cpl. Doub at 336-773-7856.

Scholarship Programs 

 

App State Scholarship Program

This program contributes money for college and a career when you graduate.

  • Applicants must pass the mini-background check and initial eligibility testing¬†
  • Scholarship includes:
    • books
    • Fees
    • Tuition
  • Criminal Justice majors only
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Open to:
    • Sophomores
    • Juniors
    • Seniors
  • Scholarship recipients have a three-year service commitment with WSPD after graduation
  • Scholarship recipients must complete a summer internship with WSPD Appalachian

State University Scholarship Eligibility (PDF)
ASU Scholarship Initial Application (PDF)

Bonner-Redd-Surratt-Davis Scholarship Program

The Bonner-Redd-Surratt-Davis Scholarship Program contributes money for college and a job when you graduate. As part of an ongoing effort to promote diversity, The WSPD offers scholarships to students enrolled in historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) who are interested in a career in law enforcement. The program is named after four previous chiefs.
Qualifications:

  • Applicants must pass a mini-background check and initial eligibility testing
  • Covers tuition, book and fees at public
    HBCUs. At private HBCUs the program provides an amount based on the average of public HBCU costs
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA
  • Open to all majors
  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
  • Scholarship recipients must complete a summer internship with the WSPD
  • Scholarship recipients have a three-year service commitment with the WSPD after graduation

(HBCU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initial Application (PDF)
Scholarship Eligibility Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) (PDF)