Police Officer Trainee

Wendell, NC
Wendell Police Department

Salary: $43,055.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Police Officer Trainee will be promoted to Police Officer I, upon successful completion of BLET and all required certifications as required by the Community College and the Town of Wendell. Upon advancement to Police Officer I, the employee will be required to successfully complete a field training program which will allow them to perform entry level protective service law enforcement duties and tasks.

Essential Functions:

  • Under direct supervision, patrols streets in a police car, on bicycle 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.
  • Assists fully qualified officers in responding 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 citations; directs traffic and participates in other emergency operation activities; conducts special traffic checkpoints to enforce seatbelt, alcohol, speed, or other laws
  • 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.
  • Sets up traffic enforcement zones and issues citations for violation of traffic regulations; conducts DWI and license checking stations.
  • Serves warrants; apprehends and processes criminal suspects and transports to 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.
  • 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.
  • Makes presentations to schools and civic groups.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


  • Graduation from high school or GED and an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must meet the state mandated minimum requirement for admission to a Basic Law Enforcement Training Program.
  • Willingness to be assigned to and complete Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and successful completion of state certification examination as required by NC Criminal Justice Training Standards Commission.
  • Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license.
  • Must meet and maintain all minimum state and local attendance, training and education requirements for the position as well as the requirements of the assigned Community College.
  • Candidates must successfully complete a pre-determined hiring process in addition to a psychological examination, physical examination, drug screen, background investigation and a polygraph/voice stress analysis.