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The Garner Police Department is offering a $3,000 hiring bonus to selected candidates desiring a community-oriented law enforcement career.

Police Officers are responsible to perform protective service work in the prevention, detection and investigation of violations of the law.   Officers are assigned to a patrol platoon and work rotating shifts.  Career development program offers an outstanding opportunity for professional enhancement and advancement in salary. Starting salary is $47,061.  Work is performed under the regular supervision of a Police Sergeant or Corporal.

With tenure, training and above average levels of performance, officers can compete for a variety of specialized positions and promotions.  They include Canine Handler, Traffic Safety Officer, School Resource Officer, Investigator, Special Response Team, Crisis Negotiator, Field Training Officer, and others.

Officers are provided with state-of-the-art equipment, take-home cars (for those in compliance with Department policy), uniforms, and all related apparel.

The current starting salary for all new police officers is $47,061. However, salary incentives may be provided for the following credentials:

  • Prior law enforcement experience (Based upon total years of experience)
  • Specialized training/skills (as determined by the Chief of Police), for example:
    • Military experience
    • Associates, Bachelors, or Masters degree
    • Spanish fluency

Examples of Duties

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;

Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicant must be a US citizen, 20 years of age or older, and have a high school diploma or equivalent.  A valid driver’s license is also required.

Current status must include one of the following:

  • Currently sworn as a law enforcement officer in the State of North Carolina; or
  • Hold a current North Carolina Law Enforcement Certification; or
  • Be currently enrolled in a North Carolina Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Certification Program leading to certification by January 12, 2023; or
  • Have two (2) years, full time, sworn law enforcement experience in North Carolina with no more than three (3) years break in service; or
  • Have two (2) years, full time, out-of-state sworn law enforcement experience with no more than three (3) years break in service.

Additional Information

Candidates will be expected to have: 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.

Selected candidates will be notified by January 4, 2023, and must participate in an Information Session, and successfully complete a written evaluation (POST) on January 9, 2023.

Candidates selected to continue will be required to participate in an oral panel interview scheduled for January 12, 2023. Please keep the above dates available.

Candidates issued a conditional offer will be required to qualify with a Garner Police issued handgun, submit to a background investigation, CVSA (truth verification) exam, drug screening, medical exam, and psychological exam. The projected hire date for the candidate selected will be February 27, 2023.


1) As part of the application process for Police Officer, you must complete the online Town of Garner application. In addition, you are required to fill out the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission Personal History Statement (Form F-3).  This form is lengthy and you should allow plenty of time to complete it and have it notarized.  You will also need to complete a release form.  Finally, you will need to complete the “History of Prior Applications with Criminal Justice Agencies” form.

These three additional documents must be received by the Garner Police Department by the application deadline: 5:00 PM on January 3, 2023.  Please carefully check over the documents to ensure all sections are complete before submitting.

You may scan and email copies of these completed forms to Sgt. Guffey at aguffey@garnernc.gov   in order to meet the posted deadline.  Please retain the original completed forms and provide them to Sgt. Guffey if requested.

Application Supplement for Police Officers

Additional instructions for submitting these three documents and the same link to a PDF file containing them can be found in the supplemental question section of the application. Applicants who do not fill out these forms will automatically be disqualified from consideration.

2) Conditional offers will be issued within a few days after the oral panel interview phase. Candidates who are issued a conditional offer will be required to submit the following documentation within a few days of the issuance the conditional offer. Candidates are encouraged to begin collecting this documentation immediately. This documentation will not be returned to candidates.

  • Copy of Birth Certificate, Driver License and Social Security Card
  • 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 than your residence, you must include that county’s criminal history check as well (DCI printout is not acceptable)
  • Copy of your Law Enforcement Certificate
  • Copies of any law enforcement training certificates (if applicable)
  • Copy of full DD 214 (if applicable)
  • Certified Driving History from all states in which you were issued a license in the past 10 years (DCI printout is not acceptable)
  • Copy of your High School Diploma or GED
  • Any other documentation you deem important as part of this process

If you have any questions, please contact Sgt. Guffey at 919-772-8810 ext. 6974 or at aguffey@garnernc.gov.

Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply for this job email your details to aguffey@garnernc.gov

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