Trainee Police Officer – Q City Metro


Position Summary
**Hiring rate: $45,498**

** Salary scale for sworn officers: $47,772 – $71,644 **

This ad is for non-certified individuals who wish to go through BLET as an employee of the City of Matthews (trainee police officer).

Employees who complete the BLET and pass the NC State BLET certification test will then be sworn in as a sworn police officer with the City of Matthews Police Department. At that time, they will receive a 5% increase on the base salary, bringing them up to the starting salary of a sworn police officer.

*The pay range shown includes an additional bonus of $2/hour. More information about the salary bonus will be provided to candidates during the interview process.*

Hiring bonuses available!

All new hires selected for eligible positions will receive $2,000 on their first paycheck. Those with relevant work experience and/or military experience are also eligible for up to an additional $3,000 (total payout available – $5,000)

More information available during interviews and in the onboarding process.

Minimum Standards for Police Officer Employment with the City of Matthews

With our ultimate goal of keeping our city safe, the Matthews Police Department is dedicated to attracting, recruiting, training and developing employees who meet and maintain our strict hiring standards. Thus, candidates who have a history of unethical or immoral behavior will not be hired.

Candidates for the position of police officer must meet the minimum standards set by the Department of Justice – Minimum Standards for Employment in Criminal Justice. Backgrounds will be scrutinized very closely and all candidates proposed for employment will undergo a thorough background assessment. Minimum criteria for employment include, but are not limited to:

Must be a citizen of the United States.
Must be at least 21 years old.
Must have a high school diploma or have passed the General Educational Development test indicating high school equivalency.
Must have a valid driver’s license and a safe and responsible driving record.
Veterans must provide proof of military service (DD-214). If currently in the military, the candidate must provide a letter from the military indicating the ETS date.
Must be of good character.

Successfully complete basic law enforcement training and pass the state BLET exam (or be able to obtain NC BLET certification).
An interview with the head of department and/or designated representatives to determine such things as the candidate’s professional appearance, demeanor, attitude and communication ability.
A clean and responsible criminal record with no convictions of:
a crime; Where
a crime for which the penalty could have been imprisonment for more than two years; Where
a felony or unlawful act defined as a “Class B Misdemeanor” within the five-year period prior to the date of application; Where
four or more felonies or unlawful acts defined as “class B misdemeanors”, regardless of the date of conviction; Where
four or more felonies or unlawful acts defined as “Class A misdemeanors”, except that the applicant may be employed if the last conviction was more than two years prior to the date of application for employment.
Upon receipt of the conditional offer:
must be fingerprinted and searched through local, state and national records to disclose any criminal records.
Must be examined and certified by a licensed physician or surgeon to meet the physical requirements necessary to properly discharge the special responsibilities of the officer.
Must produce a negative result on a drug screen.
Have administered a psychological screening examination by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist licensed in North Carolina, or by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist licensed to practice under the rules and regulations of the United States Armed Forces within the preceding year employment by the employing agency to determine the officer’s mental and emotional fitness to properly discharge the responsibilities of the position.
Essential job function
Patrol the streets in a police car, bike or on foot; checks doors and windows; examines the premises of unoccupied residences or buildings; detects unusual conditions, can maintain surveillance and observation of stolen cars, missing persons or suspects; Indicates unsafe or faulty streets, sidewalks, traffic lights or other dangerous conditions.
Responds to calls for assistance, complaints, suspicious activity, domestic disputes, loud and disruptive behavior; Responds to calls by determining the true nature of the situation and taking any legal or persuasive action that is warranted.
Traffic accident investigation; issues a traffic citation; directs traffic and participates in other emergency operation activities.
Investigate possible accidents or crimes through observation, interviewing witnesses and collecting physical evidence; performs investigative tasks; arrests and treats criminal suspects; presents its findings to the court.
Issues citations for violation of traffic rules; serves money orders; apprehends and processes criminal suspects and transports them to the county magistrate and/or county detention facilities.
Regulates and directs vehicular traffic during peak hours at local schools and when traffic signal malfunctions or accidents require it.
Operates a two-way radio to receive instructions and information or to report information to police headquarters; maintains vehicle, weapons and other equipment in good working order.
Monitors parking ordinance compliance and issues tickets for violations.
Prepares files and activity reports.
Advises the public on local laws and ordinances; serves papers as needed.
assists stranded motorists; provides information and directions to visitors and the general public.
Performs related tasks as needed.
Knowledge, skills and abilities
Some knowledge of police methods, practices and procedures; some knowledge of the City’s geography and the location of major buildings; some knowledge of the rules and regulations of the police department; ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions and to prepare clear and complete reports; ability to deal courteously but firmly with the public; ability to analyze situations and adopt prompt, effective and reasonable plans of action with due regard to hazards and surrounding circumstances; proficiency in the use of firearms and driving an automobile; ability to use a personal computer, including some knowledge of applicable software packages; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates and the general public.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a high school diploma.

Physical requirements and education
This is medium work requiring the occasional exercise of 50 pounds of force, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, squatting, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, touching, grasping, feeling and repetitive movements; vocal communication is necessary to express or exchange ideas by means of speech and to convey detailed or important instructions to others accurately, aloud or quickly; hearing is needed to perceive information at normal levels of spoken words and to receive detailed information through spoken communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for depth perception, color perception, night vision, peripheral vision, preparation and analysis of written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machinery, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining accuracy and thoroughness of work and observing general environment and activities; the worker is exposed to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions and oils. The worker may be exposed to blood-borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.


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