Entry Level – Sworn Police Officer

Carmel, IN
Carmel Police Department

$62,889.00 Annually

Essential Job Functions

The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Performs directed patrol assignments and responds to routine calls for service; assists stranded motorists and investigates abandoned vehicles; reports traffic, roadway, utility and engineering problems; directs vehicle and pedestrian traffic; responds to burglar and intrusion alarms; checks buildings for signs of unlawful entry; conducts vehicle lock-outs; performs crowd control; makes emergency notifications.
  • Enforces motor vehicle laws, including speed limits, traffic laws, OWI laws and parking laws; administers standardized field sobriety tests and breath tests.
  • Investigates vehicle accidents; sketches and photographs accident scenes; secures and processes evidence; interviews participants and witnesses; performs traffic direction and control; determines fault and contributing factors; completes reports and required paperwork.
  • Enforces criminal laws and City ordinances.
  • Conducts investigations for misdemeanors and felonies; interviews witnesses; interrogates suspects; collects information on offenders; conducts surveillance.
  • Searches persons and crime scenes; packages, transports and submits evidence; protects integrity of crime scenes.
  • Recovers and inventories stolen property.
  • Prepares probable cause affidavits and search warrants; serves civil process papers, juvenile petitions, subpoenas and mental health commitment papers.
  • Enforces court orders including writs and restraining orders.
  • Apprehends and arrests violent and non-violent misdemeanor and felony suspects; advises persons of constitutional rights; conducts field searches of arrested persons; handcuffs, fingerprints, photographs and books prisoners; explains arrest or nature of complaint to offenders; guards prisoners to prevent escape or suicide attempts; informs prisoners of bail system; inventories prisoner’s belongings; transports prisoners.
  • Completes arrest report narratives, written narratives on incidents and offenses and citation forms; takes field notes and written statements from witnesses.
  • Attempts to resolve domestic disturbances; mediates landlord/tenant disputes; investigates abuse and neglect complaints; recommends social service agencies in non-criminal matters.


  1. Must be a high school graduate, as evidenced by a transcript issued by an accredited high school. An achievement test certificate from an accredited high school or State Board of Education is acceptable.
  2. Shall possess a valid Indiana drivers license (or obtain one within 60 days of becoming an Indiana resident) and have no more than six (6) active points.
  3. Shall be a US citizen.
  4. Shall be at least 21 years of age, and under the age of 40 at date of hire. Or be a veteran who has at least 20 years of service in the armed forces and be no older than 40 years and six months. (This is a Pension requirement and cannot be waived).
  5. Shall be drug-free, and have no convictions for driving under the influence of drugs.
  6. Shall have no more than two (2) alcohol-related violations as a minor (18-20 years of age).
  7. Shall not have a conviction for operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), or operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) in excess of the legal limit as set by state law.
  8. Shall have no felony convictions.
  9. Shall have no convictions for any Class A misdemeanor.
  10. Shall have no convictions for selected Class B misdemeanors (see application question 40). The Chief of Police will make the final decision regarding disqualification in this area.
  11. Shall not have received other than an honorable discharge from the military, or other discharge with honorable conditions.
  12. If hired, shall establish residency as required by state law or local ordinance.