Police Officer / Police Officer Trainee

Hickory, NC
Hickory Police Department
Salary: $35,593.74 Annually

For doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, Hickory is a bridge between Asheville and Charlotte at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Interstate 40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry and quality.

Qualified applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetics, or the presence of a non-job related medical condition or disability. U.S. Law requires all applicants to furnish proof of identity and right to work in the U.S.

All offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of a post-offer functional prework screen and a drug screen. This examination process is designed to determine if applicants are able to efficiently perform the essential functions of the job without physical harm to themselves, or others. All applicants are subject to a background check.

This position patrols (on foot or in patrol car) an assigned area in business and residential sections to preserve general order; directs traffic and enforces law; operates speed detection device (radar); performs other police related duties as required. Possession of general certification from the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission; pass physical examination and other examinations; prefer applicants with good knowledge of laws and ordinances relating to arrest, search and seizure, traffic control and modern police practices; radio communications and apprehension of criminals; prefer applicants with some knowledge of Hickory street systems; minimum age of twenty years; applicants must not have been convicted of a felony and must undergo a thorough background investigation; weight must be in proportion to height; possession of valid Class “C” driver’s license from NC.

Salary $35,593.74 Annually


Must possess a high school diploma or GED.

Must possess a general certification from the NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission (BLET).

Ability to read, write and perform mathematical calculations at a level commonly associated with the completion of high school or equivalent.

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.

Knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, criminal and traffic codes, juvenile law, search and seizure laws, city ordinances, and departmental policies and procedures.

Knowledge of traffic investigation techniques and procedures.

Knowledge of the geographical layout of the city.

Knowledge of first aid.

Knowledge of court system and procedures.

Skill in oral and written communication.

Skill in the use of firearms, communication equipment, and other standard and specialized equipment.

Skill in the use of photographic and surveillance equipment, audio and video equipment, radios, and various emergency equipment.

Skill in restraining persons without causing physical harm.