Police Officer I

Wake Forest, NC
Town of Wake Forest Police Department

Salary: $56,777.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

Performs general duty law enforcement work to protect life and property in the Town. Officers in this classification may be assigned to specialty units such as traffic enforcement, narcotics, school resource, etc. Some examples of duties in specialty areas have been included but the examples are intended to be representative and not exhaustive.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols streets in a police car or on foot; 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; report dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions.
  • Responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity, domestic disputes, loud and disruptive behavior; completes calls by determining true nature of the situation and taking whatever legal or persuasive action is warranted.
  • Investigates traffic accidents; issues traffic citation; directs traffic and participates in other emergency operation activities.
  • Performs investigations of accidents or possible crimes through observation, questioning witnesses, and gathering physical evidence; performs investigative tasks, arrests and processes criminal suspects; presents findings in court.
  • Issues citations for violation of traffic regulations, serves warrants; apprehends and processes criminal suspects and transports to County magistrate and/or County detention facilities.
  • Regulates and directs vehicular traffic at busy times at local schools and when traffic signal malfunctions or accidents require.
  • Performs crime scene investigations on an assigned shift.
  • Operates a two-way radio to receive instructions and information from or to report information to police headquarters; maintains vehicle, weapons and other equipment in standards working order.
  • Monitors adherence to parking ordinance and issues tickets for violations.
  • Prepares records and reports of activities.
  • Advises the public on laws and local ordinances; serves papers as needed.
  • Assists stranded motorists; gives information and directions to visitors and the general public.
  • Provides escorts of citizens making bank deposits; provide traffic escorts for funerals; works as school crossing guard.


  • Possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent, applicants with university or college degrees are highly desired.
  • Must possess or obtain a valid Class C North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles driver’s license prior to employment.
  • Not have any felony, domestic violence or misdemeanor assault convictions.
  • Be able to possess a firearm in the State of North Carolina legally.
  • Pass a pre-employment physical agility test.
  • Pass a pre-employment drug screen.
  • Meet the written, physical, and psychological background standards set by North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for probationary police officers.