Police Officer

Statesville, NC
Statesville Police Department

Salary: $48,026.16 – $79,235.52.

Open Until Filled

Position Summary:

Performs intermediate protective service work involving a variety of general or support duty police assignments; does related work as required.

Work is performed under the supervision of Patrol Corporals and Sergeants.

Essential Functions:

  • On an assigned shift, operates a patrol vehicle to observe for violations of laws, suspicious activities or persons and disturbances of law and order and responds with appropriate enforcement action;
  • Responds to radio dispatches, walk-in traffic and answers calls for assistance and complaints;
  • Testifies in court;
  • Operates specialized equipment and departmental computers in performance of varied tasks;
  • Assists in processing crime scenes, investigates and follows up on crimes committed;
  • Conducts field testing of controlled substances;
  • Performs duties as a field training officer by training, evaluating and supervising new recruits for extended periods of time; prepares field training documentation;
  • Acts as a communications officer as needed; monitors and operates the radio; dispatches officers; monitors public service and 911 as needed;
  • Meets and maintain required level of training;
  • May be assigned to special duties, special operations or technical support operations;
  • Effects an arrest, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints; subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and resorts to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense as necessary;
  • Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations;
  • Exercises independent judgement in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest and when force may be used and to what degree;
  • Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both day and night, in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits in congested traffic and unsafe road conditions caused by factors such as fog, smoke, rain, ice and snow;
  • Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications;
  • Gathers information in criminal and administrative investigation by interviewing and obtaining the statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informers;
  • Pursues fleeing suspects and performs rescue operations which may involve quickly entering and exiting law enforcement patrol vehicles; lifting, carrying and dragging heavy objects; climbing over and pulling oneself over obstacles; jumping down from elevated surfaces; climbing through openings; jumping over obstacles, ditches and streams; crawling in confined areas; balancing on uneven or narrow surfaces and using body force to gain entrance through barriers;
  • Loads, unloads, aims, and fires from a variety of positions, handguns, shotguns and other agency firearms under conditions of stress that justify the use of deadly force and at levels of proficiency prescribed in certification standards;
  • Maintains, cares for, and cleans handguns, shotguns and a variety of issued equipment and uniforms;
  • Performs searches of people, vehicles, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects, walking for long periods of time and detaining people and stopping suspicious vehicles and persons;
  • Engages in law enforcement functions that include such things as working rotating shifts, walking on foot patrol and physically checking the doors and windows of buildings to ensure they are secure;
  • Effectively communicates with the public, including juveniles, by giving information and directions, mediating disputes and advising of rights and processes;
  • Demonstrates communication skills in court and other formal settings;
  • Detects, collects, preserves, and stores evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses and infractions and that indicate the presence of dangerous conditions;
  • Researches, develops, and implements programs that inform citizens of ways to lessen their opportunities of becoming crime victims;
  • Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of suspects and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment;
  • Participates in public relations activities aimed at fostering a law-abiding cooperative relationship between the police and school students;
  • Performs rescue functions at accident, emergencies and disasters to include directing traffic for long periods of time, administering emergency medical aid, lifting, dragging and carrying people away from dangerous situations and securing and evacuating people from particular areas;
  • Patrols and monitors school properties for improper or illegal activities;
  • Personnel may be assigned to various positions such as: K-9, Traffic, SRO, Crime Reduction Team, Housing, Crime Prevention, Community Policing, or any other specialized position.

Requirements:

  • Graduation from high school; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Possession of a valid N.C. driver’s license.
  • Possession of Basic Law Enforcement Certification issued by the state of N.C.
  • Must meet and maintain minimum training and experience qualifications for the position as established by the department.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 20 years of age.
  • Be a high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Test indicating high school equivalency.
  • Be of good moral character.
  • Have successfully completed Base Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and passed the BLET state exam.
  • Satisfactorily complete the employing agency’s in-service firearms training program.
  • Have been fingerprinted and a search made of local, state, and national files to disclose any criminal record.
  • Have been examined and certified by a licensed physician or surgeon to meet the physical requirements necessary to properly fulfill the officer’s particular responsibilities and shall have produced a negative result on a drug screen.
  • Have been administered a psychological screening examination by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist licensed to practice in North Carolina or by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist authorized to practice in accordance with the rules and regulations of the United States Armed Forces within one year prior to employment by the employing agency to determine the officer’s mental and emotional suitability to properly fulfill the responsibilities of the position.
  • Have been interviewed personally by the Department head or a representative to determine such things as the applicant’s appearance, demeanor, attitude, and ability to communicate.
  • Notify the Standards Division of all criminal offenses which the officer is arrested for or charged with, pleads no contest to, pleads guilty to or is found guilty of. This shall include all criminal offenses except minor traffic offenses and shall specifically include any offense of Driving Under The Influence (DUI) or Driving While Impaired (DWI). A minor traffic offense is defined as an offense where the maximum punishment allowable by law is 60 days or less.