Police Officer Trainee – Patrol

Southern Pines, NC
Southern Pines Police Department

Salary: $46,000 – $78,939.

Essential Functions:

  • Patrols the Town streets in a police car, bicycle or on foot, checks doors, examines occupied and unoccupied residences or businesses, detects and confronts unusual conditions.
  • Enforces local, state, and federal laws where applicable.
  • Responds to calls for service and conducts preliminary investigations concerning accidents, complaints, or crimes.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and assists with traffic directing.
  • Issues citations for traffic violations, serves warrants and other legal papers.
  • Apprehends criminal suspects and violators of the law and gives information concerning laws and ordinances to the public.
  • Regulates and directs vehicular and pedestrian traffic when needed at school crossings, funerals and other events/incidents.
  • Maintains surveillance and observation of stolen cars, missing persons or suspects.
  • Interviews suspects and witnesses, gathers and preserves evidence, and presents testimony in court.
  • Maintains order at public gatherings.
  • Prepares and accurately documents reports of activities.
  • Assists in the Communications Center when needed and becomes DCI Certified.
  • Demonstrates the ability to learn and follow the laws and policies relating to law enforcement and departmental operations.
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop skill in the use of all departmentally issued weapons, instruments and equipment and adheres to the minimum departmental standards regarding the use of such items.
  • Possesses the ability to maintain an effective working relationship with other Police Department and Town employees
  • Demonstrates the ability to maintain cooperative and effective public relations.
  • Maintains a good line of communication with the public consistent with community oriented policing.


  • United States Citizen.
  • At least twenty (20) years of age.
  • Graduation from an accredited high school or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) with college degree(s) preferred.
  • Licensed driver in North Carolina or able to obtain a North Carolina driver license within thirty (30) days of appointment.
  • Possess some knowledge of law enforcement operations and responsibilities.
  • Successful completion or in the process of successfully completing the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) required by the State of North Carolina before probationary status ends.
  • Certified in North Carolina as a police officer or able to obtain North Carolina police officer certification;
  • No felony convictions.
  • The successful applicants must pass physical, drug, and psychological tests and a background investigation, including a criminal and traffic history check.
  • Successful completion of the Field Training Program administered by the Police Department.