Police Officer

Website City of Brevard


An employee in this class performs a full range of general law enforcement duties designed to partner with the public to prevent and detect crime, address traffic safety issues, and respond to the needs of citizens.  Work includes patrolling the City during an assigned rotating shift in a police car or on foot; preventing, detecting and investigating disturbances and crime; performing traffic control work; apprehending suspects; and executing related assignments.  Work also involves frequent public contact that requires exercising collaboration, conflict management, situation control, and decisiveness. The public contact functions also include development and maintenance of rapport with citizens and community leaders.  Employees must exercise judgment, initiative and calm control when performing duties; more difficult problems are normally carried out under the direction of or in conjunction with a Supervisor assigned to the same shift.

Examples of Duties:

  • 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; report dangerous or defective streets, sidewalks, traffic lights, or other hazardous conditions.
  • 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.
  • Investigates traffic accidents; issues traffic citation; directs traffic and participates in other emergency operation activities; provides preliminary medical assistance until advanced rescue crews arrive; assist with loading and transport.
  • Performs initial investigations of accidents or possible crimes through observation, questioning witnesses, and gathering physical evidence; performs investigative tasks, arrests and processes criminal suspects;
  • Testifies in court in traffic cases and in other investigated.
  • Apprehends and processes criminal suspects and transports to detention facilities.
  • Operates a two-way radio to receive instructions and information from or to report information to police headquarters.
  • Prepares records and reports of activities.
  • Advises the public on laws and local ordinances; serves papers as needed.
  • Maintains vehicle, weapons and other equipment in standards working order.
  • Gives information and directions to visitors and the general public.
  • Assists with emergency response activities such as evacuations and clean up.
  • Performs related duties as required.


Completion of a two year accredited associate degree program in Criminal Justice and possession of a Basic Law Enforcement Certificate; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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.

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.
  • Working knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, methods and equipment.
  • Some knowledge of scientific crime detection and criminal identification methods and procedures.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment and in the application of self-defense tactics.
  • Ability to act with sound judgment 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, and other public officials.

To apply for this job email your details to Lisa.Cooley@cityofbrevard.com

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