Police Officer


Police Department


Open until filled

Position Objectives:

General Statement of Duties

Performs responsible law enforcement work to protect life and property in the Town.

Distinguishing Features of the Class

An employee in this class performs a full range of general law enforcement duties. Work includes patrolling the Town during an assigned shift in a police car, or on foot; preventing, detecting and investigating disturbances and crime; performing traffic control work; apprehending suspects; performing community policing; and executing related assignments. Employees must exercise judgement, initiative and calm control when performing duties. Work involves frequent public contact which requires tact, firmness and decisiveness. Work is performed in accordance with departmental policy and state and federal law, supplemented with specific directions from superior officers. Employees work on shifts and are subject to hazards associated with law enforcement work including working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as dangerous persons, loud noises, and hazardous spills with fumes, oils, gases, or flammable liquids. Work is subject to the final OSHA standards on bloodborne pathogens. Work is performed under general supervision and is evaluated through observation, monitoring radio traffic, discussion, and review of reports for adherence to laws, department procedures, and proper judgement. This position has been deemed Safety Sensitive.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Tasks

Patrols streets in a police car 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; reports dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions.

Meets with business owners, organizations, and employees to discuss crime prevention methods; participates in community education and crime prevention programs. 

Responds 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; responds to fire and emergency medical calls to assist first responders.

Investigates traffic accidents; issues traffic citation; directs traffic and participates in other emergency operation activities. Performs investigations of accidents or possible crimes through observation, questioning witnesses, and gathering physical evidence; performs investigative tasks, and secures crime scenes, arrests and processes criminal suspects; presents findings in court. Issues citations for violation of traffic regulations, serves warrants; apprehends and processes criminal suspects and transports to magistrate and/or County detention facilities.

Operates a computer to prepare records and reports, obtain motor vehicle information. Operates a two-way radio to receive instructions and information from or to report information to police headquarters; maintains vehicle, weapons and other equipment in standards working order.

Advises the public on laws and local ordinances; assists stranded and disabled motorists; gives information and directions to visitors and the general public; serves papers as needed.

Additional Job Duties

Ensures proper maintenance of assigned vehicles and equipment.

Performs other related duties as required.


Minimum Requirements:

Physical Requirements

Must be able to physically perform the basic life functions of standing, walking, talking, hearing, kneeling, stooping, crouching, reaching, feeling, lifting, grasping, pushing, pulling, bending, climbing, crawling, fingering, and repetitive motions.

Must be able to perform heavy work exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally; and/or up to 50 pounds frequently; and/or 20 pounds of force constantly to move an object.

Must possess the visual acuity to operate a police vehicle and computer, distinguish details and differences when observing people, places, or things on patrol, take measurements to recognize colors and shapes for identification purposes.

Special Requirements

Before assignment to sworn duties, employees must possess a valid North Carolina driver's license and have completed at least the minimum requirements established by the North Carolina Justice Training and Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers.

Desirable Training and Experience:

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of state and federal laws, local ordinances and policies of the police department, especially relating to search and seizure, traffic control, pursuit, and arrest.

Considerable knowledge of the geographical layout of the Town. Working knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, methods and equipment.

Some knowledge of scientific crime detection and criminal identification methods and procedures. Some knowledge of the application of information technology to the work. Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment and in the application of self-defense and deescalation tactics, teamwork, and collaborative conflict resolution.

Ability to operate computer to prepare records and report and obtain information. Ability to act with sound judgement in routine and emergency situations.

Ability to communicate effectively in oral and written forms.

Ability to present effective court testimony. Ability to prepare clear and concise activity reports.

Ability to build and maintain cooperative and effective public relations with the citizens.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, court personnel, and other public officials.


The Town of Shallotte provides an excellent benefits package that includes participation in NC Local Government Employees Retirement System; participation in the State Health Plan, employer-paid dental, vision & life insurance; 401(k) plan; Employee Assistance Program, 12 paid holidays; and vacation/sick leave

More Information:

More Information:

Human Resources Benefits Specialist- ashleywhite@atmc.net