Deputy Sheriff

Lillington, NC
Harnett County Sheriff


  • Deputy I: $49,963.00.
  • Deputy II: $51,212.00.
  • Deputy III: $52,492.00.

Position Summary:

An employee in this position performs general duty law enforcement work to protect life and property in Harnett County for the Office of the Sheriff. This includes: patrolling the County during an assigned shift in a vehicle; preventing, detecting, and investigating disturbances and crime; enforcing gun carry laws; serving various civil and criminal papers; responding to calls; apprehending suspects; and executing related assignments. Other duties include assignment as Court Deputy/Bailiff, assignment to the Civil Services Unit, serving as School Resource Officer, or other special assignments.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols the County in a vehicle; serves a variety of civil and criminal papers; responds to calls; examines premises of unoccupied residences or buildings; detects unusual conditions; maintains surveillance and observation for stolen cars, missing persons, or suspects.
  • Responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity, domestic disputes, and loud, disruptive behavior; completes calls by determining true nature of the situation; and takes whatever legal or persuasive action is warranted.
  • Investigates possible crimes through observation, questioning witnesses, and gathering physical evidence; performs investigative tasks; makes arrests; processes criminal suspects; and presents findings in court.
  • Serves warrants, apprehends, processes, and transports criminal suspects to County magistrate and/or County detention facilities.
  • Provides courtroom security for judges, the public, and inmates; may call court into session; ensures judges security and other needs are met; may perform coordination, seclusion, and other procedures with juries; and escorts inmates to and from the courtroom.
  • May serve as School Resource Officer: establishes rapport with students, faculty, and staff; provides security on campus; provides traffic control and enforcement; works various athletic and social school events; provides counseling regarding substance abuse, gang avoidance, drug resistance, DWI, and other laws to students, faculty, and staff; may present various programming in class rooms; and investigates criminal activities on campus.
  • Serves a variety of civil and criminal papers, court orders, summons, etc.
  • Operates a two-way radio to receive instructions and information from or to report information to headquarters; maintains vehicle, weapons, and other equipment in standard working order.
  • Conducts background checks.
  • Prepares detailed records and reports of activities using prescribed methods.
  • Assists other law enforcement and emergency agencies in controlling emergency situations.
  • Advises the public on laws and local ordinances; serves papers.
  • Assists stranded motorists; gives information and directions to visitors and the general public.
  • Works an assigned shift; shift may contain alternating weekends.
  • Must be able to drive and operate a vehicle as required.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • High school diploma and completion of basic law enforcement training;
  • No experience required;
  • Or equivalent education and/or experience;
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license (or obtain before assignment to sworn duties);
  • Possession of a Basic Law Enforcement Certification preferred;
  • Possession of DCI certifications desired;
  • Meet at least the minimum requirements established by the North Carolina Sheriff’s Training and Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers with prospects of successfully completing the entire certification process within prescribed time frames.