Town of Cary, NC - Cary, NC

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Performs responsible protective service work in the prevention, detection and investigation of violations of the law; performs related work as required. Officers are assigned to a patrol team and work permanent shifts. Career ladder program offers an outstanding opportunity for professional enhancement and advancement in salary. Starting salary is $38,292 but salaries for experienced officers may be higher. Work is performed under the regular supervision of a Police Sergeant.

Typical Tasks:

Patrols designated sector in assigned car; observes activity and intervenes as necessary; checks the physical security of businesses, homes, cars, etc.; gets out of car and closely inspects buildings; establishes contact with citizens for public relations;

Enforces traffic laws; patrols or conducts stationary observation of traffic; utilizes radar to detect speed violations; stops suspicious vehicles for investigation; issues warnings, citations, and arrests for violations; uses standard field sobriety tests to determine impairment;

Serves criminal summons, subpoenas, and warrants in assigned jurisdiction; makes arrests and transports suspects to the public safety center for processing;

Responds to domestic violence incidences; provides assistance to reduce the risk of additional violence; conducts investigation if necessary;

Responds to robbery calls; assesses crime scenes and calls for assistance; secures the crime scenes and interviews witnesses; apprehends suspects;

Investigates accidents; gathers appropriate information and fills out reports; draws diagrams; charges drivers as necessary; calls wreckers, rescue personnel, utility companies as necessary;

Conducts detailed investigation of crimes;

Provides service to the public; advises citizens on departmental procedures and options available;

Testifies in court on arrests made; presents evidence collected;

Completes necessary reports for all actions taken and submits to lieutenant for review;

Directs traffic as needed at traffic accidents and other incidents;

Prepares and delivers crime prevention and traffic safety talks;

May serve as field training officer (FTO);
Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures; general knowledge of the geography of the Town; general knowledge of departmental rules and regulations; general knowledge of Town ordinances; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear and comprehensive reports; ability to deal courteously but firmly with the public; ability to analyze situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action with due regard to surrounding hazards and circumstances; skill in the use of firearms and the operation of motor vehicles; and the ability to render credible testimony in a court of law.

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications:

Requires a high school graduation or equivalent, a minimum of twenty and a half years of age, a valid driver's license with a good driving record, and successful completion of medical, psychological, physical fitness (POPAT) and standardized reading testing.

  • Prior sworn law enforcement experience in the state of North Carolina
  • Two years, full-time, out-of-state sworn law enforcement experience with no more than one year break in service
  • North Carolina BLET certification or current enrollment in a BLET program

1) As part of the application process for Police Officer I, you are required to fill out the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission Personal History Statement (FORM F-3). Instruction for doing so can be found in the supplement question section of the application. Applicants who do not fill out this form will automatically be disqualified from consideration.

2) Candidates selected for an interview will be required to bring the following documentation. Candidates are encouraged to begin collecting this documentation immediately in order to prepare for the interview phase of the hiring process. Interviews MAY NOT be granted if any of the documentation below can not be produced at the scheduled time of the interview. This documentation will not be returned to candidates.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Certified Criminal Records Checks from all counties in which you have lived in the last 10 years. If you attended high school within those 10 years and the high school was located in a different county then your residence, you must include that county's criminal history check as well
  • Certified Driving History from all states in which they have lived in the past 10 years
  • Credit Report
  • Copy of your High School Diploma or GED
  • Copy of College Diploma or transcript if not graduated (if applicable) Copy of BLET Certificate Of Graduation (if applicable) Copy of Law Enforcement Certificate (if applicable)
  • Copies of any law enforcement training certificates (if applicable) Copy of full DD 214 (if applicable)
  • For out-of-state certified law enforcement officers, you must include an official, topical and/or hourly breakdown of the basic academy you attended, regardless of how long ago you attended. You will also need to provide a graduation certificate
  • Any other documentation you deem important as part of this process