Police Officer I

Wilson, NC
Wilson Police Department

Salary: $49,859.67 – $87,469.03 Annually.

Position Summary:

This position protects the lives and properties of citizens through the enforcement of local, state, and federal laws. The purpose of this position is to perform technical and specialized law enforcement duties. Successful performance helps ensure the protection of life and property within the city.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols assigned areas to detect and prevent crime; answers calls for service and assistance.
  • Investigates criminal complaints and accidents; conducts crime and accident scene analysis.
  • Enforces motor vehicle laws by stopping violators and taking appropriate enforcement action.
  • Assists the District Attorney in the preparation of cases for trial; testifies in court.
  • Prepares timely and accurate reports; reviews investigative, arrest, accident, and supplemental reports for accuracy.
  • Develops informants for the purpose of gathering intelligence.
  • Questions witnesses and complainants; investigates suspects.
  • Attends community meetings; organizes neighborhood watches; makes presentations to churches, schools, civic organizations, and business leaders; participates in agency volunteer programs.
  • Performs organized patrols of high crime areas.
  • Writes and executes search warrants; serves warrants and subpoenas.
  • Maintains vehicle, firearms, and other equipment.
  • Directs traffic as needed.
  • Collects and maintains evidence; ensures proper chain of custody.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.
  • No experience requirements.
  • 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.
  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 20 years of age.
  • Be of good moral character as determined by a thorough background investigation.
  • Have been fingerprinted and a search made of local, state, and national files to disclose any record.
  • Have been examined and certified by a physician to meet physical requirements necessary to properly fulfill the officer’s particular job responsibilities.
  • Have produced a negative result on a drug screen administered according to the standards of the Department of Health and Human Services for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs.
  • Have undergone a psychological screening examination by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist licensed to practice in North Carolina to determine the officer’s mental and emotional suitability to properly fulfill the job responsibilities.
  • Have been interviewed personally by the Department Head or his representative to determine such things as the applicant’s appearance, demeanor, attitude, and ability to communicate.