We are looking for service-minded, diverse, problem solvers with a desire to affect positive change within our community. We offer a wealth of training opportunities in areas such as traffic enforcement, narcotics investigation, crime scene processing, community affairs, law, investigations, crime prevention and much more.
A police officer’s work involves patrolling of assigned areas, accident and crime scene investigations, collection and preservation of physical evidence, follow-up investigations, and special assignments for the purpose of the prevention of crime, apprehension of offenders, and enforcement of laws and ordinances. A police officer must be able to act without direct supervision using independent judgment and discretion in meeting emergency and non-emergency situations. Work is performed under the immediate supervision of a Sergeant or Lieutenant.
$43,970.94 – $56,942.37 Annually
• Patrols streets in a police vehicle or on foot; develops and maintains working rapport with citizens and community leaders in assigned neighborhood; checks doors and windows; examines premises of unoccupied residences or buildings; detects unusual conditions, maintains surveillance and observation for stolen cars, missing persons, or suspects; reports dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions; serves criminal summons, subpoenas and warrants in assigned jurisdiction; makes arrests and transports suspects for processing; provides service to the public; advises citizens on departmental procedures and options available.
• Responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity, domestic disputes, loud and disruptive behavior, etc.; completes calls by determining true nature of the situation and taking whatever legal or persuasive action is warranted.
• 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.
• Performs investigations of accidents and possible crimes through observation, questioning witnesses and others in the community and gathering physical evidence; performs investigative tasks, arrests and processes criminal suspects.
• Conducts investigations of criminal cases including felonies; secures crime scenes and evidence; gathers and processes physical evidence; prepares cases in consultation with district attorney’s office; testifies in trials; performs narcotics, juvenile, arson, computer forensics, crime scene technology, and other specialized investigations.
• Effects an arrest forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints, subdues resisting suspects using maneuvers and weapons and resort to the use of hands and feet and other approved weapons in self-defense.
• Operates a law enforcement vehicle during both the day and night; in emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits, in congested traffic and in unsafe road conditions.
• Exercises independent judgment in determining when there is reasonable suspicion to detain, when probable cause exists to search and arrest, and when force may be used.
• Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
• Loads, unloads, aims and fires from a variety of body 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.
• Creates special educational, enforcement, or other programs focused on neighborhood needs; works with residents, public officials, other enforcement agencies to carry out special programs. Performs civic functions by providing public education on crime prevention through various programs.
• Performs security functions at special events; assists other law enforcement agencies; maintains order in crowds, attends parades, funerals and other public gatherings; provides assistance, escorts, protects and assists visitors.
Minimum Required Education and Experience
Some knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures; some knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Police Department; some knowledge of the geography of the Town and location of important buildings; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear reports; ability to deal professionally, courteously and fairly 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 police vehicles; ability to establish and maintain effective relationship with associates and the general public.
Lateral Entry - Already a Sworn Officer? Out of State Lateral Requirements
• A minimum of 2 years of full-time employment as a sworn law enforement.
• Must not have been separated from previous agency for more than 3 years.
• Agencies must answer 911 calls for service and have comparable duties to HPD.
Intermediate Entry - Candidates must meet the following standards for consideration for Intermediate Entry:
• Applicants enrolled in BLET or have completed BLET within the past year.
• Applicants are sworn Police Officer in North Carolina.