Police Officer

Morrisville, NC
Town of Morrisville Police Department

Salary: $45,835.00 Annually
Job Type: Full time
Job Number: 20210215
Closing: Continuous

Performs responsible law enforcement work in the areas of patrol, investigations, drugs and vice, school resource, traffic safety, K-9, professional standards, and other specialty units as may be formed. Work in the police officer classification requires a high degree of independence and judgment and will vary according to the areas of assignment.

This is a generic specification for the police officer classification. The police officer classification includes officers in the classification Police Officer, Master Police Officer, and Senior Police Officer. Work performed by employees in the different levels may be similar and will be distinguished only by the level of attainment in the career ladder. Attainment of the different levels of police officer is based on the Town’s career ladder program. Employees may be assigned to patrol, investigations or any other specialized unit within the Police Department. This specification does not provide specific examples of all possible work that might be performed by this class. Specific duties may be found in the department’s standard operating procedures, or in the specific training that may be required for a specialized assignment. In most instances work is performed under the regular supervision of a Sergeant.

Examples of Duties

  • Patrols assigned areas to detect and prevent crime; answers calls for service and assistance.
  • Checks the physical security of businesses, homes, cars, etc.; gets out of car and closely inspects buildings;
  • Establishes contact with citizens for public relations;
  • Enforces traffic laws; patrols or conducts stationary observation of traffic; utilizes radar to detect speed violations; stops suspicious vehicles for investigation; issues warnings, citations, and arrests for violations; uses standard field sobriety tests to determine impairment; directs traffic as necessary;
  • Serves criminal summons, subpoenas, and warrants in assigned jurisdiction; makes arrests and transports suspects to the public safety center for processing;
  • Responds to domestic violence incidences; provides assistance to reduce the risk of additional violence; conducts investigation if necessary;
  • Responds to robbery calls; assesses crime scenes and calls for assistance; secures the crime scenes and interviews witnesses; apprehends suspects;
  • Attends community meetings; organizes neighborhood watches; makes presentations to churches, schools, civic organizations, and business leaders; participates in agency volunteer programs;
  • Investigates accidents; gathers appropriate information and fills out reports; draws diagrams; charges drivers as necessary; calls wreckers, rescue personnel, utility companies as necessary;
  • If assigned to investigations, performs the duties of a detective and conducts detailed investigation of crimes; conducts vice investigations, including audio or video surveillance; investigates white collar crimes; investigates assaults, breaking and entering and robbery; investigates major narcotics offenses;
  • Develops informants for the purpose of gathering intelligence.
  • Provides service to the public; advises citizens on departmental procedures and options available;
  • Testifies in court on arrests made and assists the district attorney in preparing cases;
  • Performs community policing functions in housing units and neighborhoods to reduce crime and improve community relations; meets with residents and property managers;
  • Completes necessary reports for all actions taken;
  • Prepares and delivers crime prevention and traffic safety talks;
  • Maintains vehicle, firearms, and other equipment;
  • May provide recruitment and training functions;
  • May serve as field training officer (FTO);
  • Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Typical Qualifications
Thorough knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures; general knowledge of the geography of the Town; general knowledge of departmental rules and regulations; general knowledge of Town ordinances; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear and comprehensive reports; ability to make reasonable and defensible decisions in the field; ability to deal courteously but firmly with the public; ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; skill in the use of firearms and the operation of motor vehicles.

Supplemental Information
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school supplemented by additional training and experience in the law enforcement field.