Wilmington, NC





FLSA: Non-exempt


The Police Officer with the Department of Police performs general police work duties as authorized by law to protect life and property; prevents violations of statutes and laws; investigates and suppresses disturbances; investigates complaints; makes arrests and issues summonses when appropriate; does related work as required. The description is illustrative only and is not intended to represent the actual job description of the position or to imply that all duties and required knowledge, skills, and abilities are listed.


The Police Officer with the Department of Police performs the following duties of patrol, investigation, police duties, maintenance activities, and special assignments. Enforces State law and City code violations. Patrols an assigned area during a specified period in a police car or on foot. Investigates suspicious conditions and complaints and makes arrests of persons who violate law and ordinances. Inspecting and safeguarding property, responding to alarms, chasing violators on foot, and checking buildings. Accompanies prisoners to headquarters, jail, or court and appears in court as arresting officer. Directs traffic, assists stranded motorists, handles accidents and crime scenes, and enforces traffic laws. Maintains order in crowd situations and participates in community public relations programs. Looks for stolen cars and wanted or missing persons. Conducts criminal investigations, interviews, and interrogates concerned parties. Gives advice on laws and ordinances and general information to the public. The duties of a Police Officer may become unpredictably hazardous and can require acute use of the senses to discern various stimuli of danger. Officers are required to run distances, traverse rough terrain quickly, climb obstacles, and remove injured or unconscious persons from harm's way. Engage in physical confrontations using offensive and defensive tactics to subdue assaultive persons, and to effect a forceful arrest. Performs all related work as required.


Must be twenty-one (21) years of age at time of appointment and must begin the police academy on a date no later than the thirty-seventh (37) birthday. Completion of high school or GED Equivalency required. Possession of a valid driver's license upon hire with a good driving record. Out-of-state applicants must obtain a State of Delaware driver’s license within two (2) months of becoming a state resident. Applicant must pass a battery of tests and interviews as required by the position of Police Officer. This battery consists of, but is not limited to, physical ability test, a standardized written test, a panel interview, chief interview, medical and psychological evaluations, polygraph examination, and a drug screening. This position requires shiftwork. Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing. Possess good judgment and powers of observation and memory. Knowledge of first-aid methods. Skill in the use of firearms. Demonstrated proficiency to safely operate a vehicle on the road in emergency situations and regular conditions. Ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written instructions. Must have excellent moral character and physical ability.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, use hands to fingers, handle or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move more than 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, in high, precarious places, and with explosives, and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


The Police Officer is hired at the starting salary of $58,093 and are guaranteed an increase annually for the first five years resulting in $82,177 starting year five.

City residency required within six months of employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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