Police Officer

Hickory, NC
Hickory Police Department

For doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, Hickory is a bridge between Asheville and Charlotte at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Interstate 40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry and quality.

Hickory, North Carolina, is a three-time All-America City on the Catawba River approximately one hour east of Asheville and one hour north of Charlotte. More than 40,000 residents call Hickory their home and Hickory is the hub of a 350,000 metropolitan area. Hickory has outstanding school systems, seven recreation facilities, two libraries, several golf courses, theaters, art museums, and eighteen gorgeous parks. Beautiful Lake Hickory is over 4,000 acres and has many public access areas. Please check out Hickory at www.hickorync.gov/employment or www.hickorywellcrafted.com for a web portal all about Hickory and the surrounding areas and what makes Hickory a “Well Crafted” City.

Qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetics, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability. U.S. Law requires all applicants to furnish proof of identity and right to work in the U.S.

All offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of a post-offer functional prework screen and a drug screen. This examination process is designed to determine if applicants are able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the job without physical harm to themselves, or others. All applicants are subject to a background check. Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid NC Class “C” driver’s license.

This position patrols (on foot or in patrol car) an assigned area in business and residential sections to preserve general order; directs traffic and enforces law; operates speed detection device (radar); performs other police related duties as required. Must pass physical examination and other examinations; prefer applicants with good knowledge of laws and ordinances relating to arrest, search and seizure, traffic control and modern police practices; radio communications and apprehension of criminals; minimum age of twenty years; applicants must not have been convicted of a felony and must undergo a thorough background investigation; possession of valid Class “C” driver’s license from NC.


$45,000.00 Annually




Patrols assigned area to detect and deter criminal activity and traffic violations.

Responds to calls, including domestic disputes, assaults, burglaries, traffic accidents, lost or missing persons searches, public service duties, stranded motorists, and others.

Conducts preliminary inquiries, field interviews, and follow-up investigations to include interviewing victims, complainants and witnesses, gathering information and evidence, and securing the crime scene.

Obtains and serves search and criminal warrants; apprehends, arrests, and processes offenders, including juveniles.

Provides assistance and backup support to other officers as necessary.

Provides first aid to victims as necessary and assists motorists.

Provides traffic direction as needed for events such as parades, funerals, ball games, and school crossings.

Testifies in judicial proceedings.

Completes all required reports and forms, including accident and incident reports.

Serves criminal papers.

Transports prisoners from police headquarters to detention facility.

Inspects and maintains patrol car.

Performs other related duties as assigned.


Must possess a high school diploma or GED.

Must Possess a NC Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) certification.

Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.

Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Ability to meet current requirements set forth by the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission.

Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, criminal and traffic codes, juvenile law, search and seizure laws, city ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures.

Knowledge of traffic investigation techniques and procedures.

Knowledge of the geographical layout of the city.

Knowledge of first aid.

Knowledge of court system and procedures.

Skill in oral and written communication.

Skill in the use of firearms, communication equipment, and other standard and specialized equipment.

Skill in the use of photographic and surveillance equipment, audio and video equipment, radios, and various emergency equipment.

Skill in restraining persons without causing physical harm.