Police Officer

Hickory, NC
Hickory Police Department

Salary: $48,070.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

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.

Essential Functions:

  • 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.