Job Description **All applicants for the Police Officer position must meet one of the following conditions: 1) possess a North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Certification, 2) be currently enrolled in a North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training program, 3) possess a probationary certification with the North Carolina Criminal Justice/Sheriff's Standards, or 4) possess a general certification with the North Carolina Criminal Justice/Sheriff's Standards.**
The Police Officer responds to citizen calls for service, provides a police presence in the community to encourage citizens to feel safe, conducts law enforcement activities and operations, and investigates crimes. Work in this position is accomplished by utilizing communications equipment, conducting police tactical movements, conducting security operations, conducting traffic operations, completing documentation, navigating streets, conducting investigations, and utilizing police equipment and weapons systems.
Duties and Responsibilities These duties and responsibilities are not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the Town.
Conducts traffic operations by enforcing North Carolina traffic laws, performing routine and high risk traffic stops, searching vehicles, investigating traffic accidents, removing vehicles and debris, directing traffic, and engaging in vehicle pursuits.
Conducts investigations by completing police documentation for reportable crimes and traffic accidents, interviewing and interrogating subjects, utilizing knowledge of search and seizure laws, swearing out warrants and arrests, and protecting crime scenes.
Performs prisoner operations by conducting searches, handcuffing prisoners, transporting prisoners, and processing prisoners at police station.
Utilizes communication systems by using mobile and portable radios, and making telephone calls for reports and follow ups.
Conducts tactical police operations by serving as a member of search team; conducting searches of buildings, outside area, and vehicles; and patrolling areas in vehicles and on foot.
Performs administrative duties by completing paperwork, documenting activities and actions, coordinating media relations, serving on committees, maintaining equipment and vehicle, and assisting in coordinating special events.
Works irregular hours including weekends, holidays and extended hours as needed.
Performs work during emergency/disaster situations.
Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
Education and Experience High School Diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and the ability to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job such as those listed above.
Licenses and Professional Certifications • NC Driver’s License • North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Certification
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Knowledge of departmental rules and regulations; first aid principles and skill in their application; areas of responsibility including streets, buildings, and areas where more than usual police attention may be required; the principles of police work; the rights of criminally accused; general law enforcement procedures; the laws governing search and seizure; interviewing and interrogation techniques; surveillance techniques; the harmful effects and dangers of drug usage; state and local motor vehicle laws.
Skilled in making sound and logical decisions quickly; having an aptitude and personal commitment for law enforcement work; thinking clearly and acting effectively in emergency situations; prioritizing and problem-solving abilities; remembering details of incidents including names and faces; utilizing cognitive skills required for successful performance of essential functions; grammar, writing, and composition skills; legible handwriting; appropriate radio manners and voice; and communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Ability to represent the Town in a professional and respectful manner while interacting with a diverse set of individuals within the workplace and the community.
Working Conditions Employee is subject to inside environmental conditions having the lighting, temperature, and noise of an open floor-plan office environment. The employee is also exposed to outdoor conditions when responding to calls, and may be frequently exposed to weather elements including rain, wind, varying temperatures, etc. In addition, the employee must effectively deal with personal danger, which may include exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials, fumes and smoke, intense heat, electrical hazards, confined or high work places, dangerous animals, extremely loud noises, hazards of emergency driving, hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic, and natural and man-made disasters.
Physical Requirements A portion of work is performed within an office environment, primarily behind a desk, and frequently includes the operation of a computer. The employee must read and write, and interact with others in person, over the phone, and via other devices. The employee may move about within the facility to access file cabinets, documents, office machinery, and other equipment. Travel is often required to outside sites in order to perform the duties described above, as well as to attend meetings, trainings, events, and other business activities. Work also requires running, walking, standing, bending, crouching, crawling, lifting, carrying, and/or moving equipment, pushing and pulling various objects, and operating assigned equipment including motor vehicles. Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently; and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Employment Disqualifiers Any one or more of the following shall disqualify an applicant from further consideration for employment.
Certification Failure to be eligible for certification by the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission (12 NCAC 9B.101/9B.0111)
Credit Current unsatisfactory credit history rating as determined by the Chief of Police and/or Designee.
Factors that will be reviewed include but are not limited to the following: known unsatisfied judgments at time of application other than traffic fines and costs, any arrears in child support, or failure to pay child support.
Criminal History Any felony conviction
A misdemeanor conviction that either would prohibit certification or could result in suspension of certification by the North Carolina Training and Standards Commission.
Any individual that has been named respondent and/or defendant in an active domestic violence protective order (50B Order) issued by a judge of a court of competent jurisdiction.
Any individual convicted of any offense arising from domestic violence as defined by 18 U.S.C. Section 921(a).
Drug Use The unlawful sale or distribution of any controlled substances.
The knowingly use of any Schedule I drug.
The knowingly use of any illicit Schedule II-V drug within the eighty-four months (7 years) immediately preceding the date of application.
The knowingly use of any non-prescribed Controlled Substance will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Possession or use of Marijuana or a derivative thereof within the twenty-four months (2 years) immediately preceding the date of application.
Traffic Violations Conviction in any jurisdiction of Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol (D.U.I./D.W.I.) within the five (5) years immediately preceding the date of application.
Refusal to take a blood or breath test as required by the implied consent of any jurisdiction within the five (5) years immediately preceding the date of application.
Conviction of Eluding Police, Hit and Run, Vehicle Speed Competition or Death by Vehicle.
The suspension or revocation of driving privileges in any jurisdiction within the past five (5) years for any reason other than failure to pay fines and costs.
Other A Dishonorable Discharge from any military service.
Untruthfulness or the falsification of any application, certificate, credential, interview, test, or document associated with application for this position.
A police applicant shall be at least 20 years of age.
Not being a United States Citizen.
Behavior unsuitable or inappropriate for a Police Officer as determined by the Chief of Police and/or Designee.
Unstable job history as determined by the Chief of Police and/or Designee.
Note: A police officer applicant, who is disqualified from the process, may re-apply for the position one (1) year after the date of disqualification.
About Town of Surf City Located in North Carolina between Wilmington and Jacksonville, and encompassing a portion of Topsail Island, the Town of Surf City possesses all of the features of a friendly and progressive community that maintains a strong focus on proactive citizen involvement. Surf City takes great pride in the safe and family-oriented environment that it creates, and the Town government works diligently to provide superior services for each of our citizens and visitors.
The Town of Surf City is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. The Town of Surf City is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all Federal and North Carolina State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.