Police Officer

North Topsail Beach, NC
Town of North Topsail Beach

Salary: $42,072.00 – $65,212.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Performs responsible protective service work involving a variety of general or support duty police assignments. An employee in this class performs a full range of general law enforcement duties in the patrol division or other division, as assigned. Work includes patrolling the Town during a shift in a police car, on foot, or other appropriate means, preventing, detecting and investigating disturbances and crime; investigating traffic accidents, helping victims, and performing traffic control work; apprehending suspects; testifying in court; and executing related assignments. Employees must exercise judgment, initiative and calm control when performing duties, but more difficult problems are normally carried out under the direction of or in conjunction with the Police Sergeant or Police Corporal. Work involves frequent public contact which requires tact, firmness, and decisiveness. Work is performed in accordance with departmental policy and state and federal law, supplemented with specific directions from superior officers. Employees are subject to hazards associated with law enforcement work including working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as dangerous persons, heavy traffic, loud noises, and hazardous spills with fumes, oils, gases, or flammable liquids. The employees are also subject to OSHA Standards on blood borne pathogens. Work is performed under regular supervision, and is evaluated through observation, review of reports, and discussion concerning how particular incidents or activities were handled.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols streets in a police car, on foot, or other appropriate means; checks doors and windows; examines premises of unoccupied residences or buildings; detects unusual conditions, may maintain surveillance and observation for stolen cars, missing persons, or suspects; reports dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions.
  • Monitors radio calls; communicates with radio dispatchers; responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity, domestic disputes, loud and disruptive behavior, and others’ needs; completes calls by determining true nature of the situation and taking whatever legal or persuasive action is warranted.
  • Enforces traffic laws and regulations; investigates traffic accidents; issues traffic citations; directs traffic and participates in other rescue and emergency operation activities.
  • Performs investigations of possible crimes through observation, questioning witnesses, and gathering physical evidence; performs investigative tasks; arrests and processes criminal suspects and transports to County magistrate and/or detention facilities; presents findings in court.
  • Advises the public on laws and local ordinances; serves papers as needed.
  • Regulates and directs vehicular traffic at busy locations or when traffic signal malfunctions or accidents require; maintains order at public gatherings.
  • Maintains vehicle, weapons and other equipment in standard working order.
  • Prepares detailed records and reports of activities.
  • Uses a variety of software programs to prepare incident reports, perform research, check driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations, check for outstanding warrants and related research.
  • May be assigned to perform special duty or projects as assigned by the department.
  • Assists other law enforcement and emergency services agencies as needed.


  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of standing, walking, hearing, kneeling, reaching, feeling, grasping, pushing, pulling, bending, climbing, crawling, fingering, and performing repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform medium to heavy work exerting 100 pounds of force occasionally, 20-50 pounds of force frequently, and 10-20 pounds of force constantly to move an object.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to operate a police vehicle and distinguish details and differences when observing people, places, or things on patrol.