Police Officer

City of Asheville
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The City of Asheville is seeking motivated individuals to serve the citizens of Asheville as a Police Officer.  The position performs routine law enforcement work to protect lives, property and rights of citizens of the City.  Work includes patrolling the City in an official vehicle, on bicycle or on foot to deter crime or apprehend violators or suspects; answering complaint calls, serving legal papers, attending court, and investigating and securing crime scenes, working with community members to identify and solve crime related problems. Work may be performed independently if Field Training Program is successfully completed. Tact and firmness are required in frequent public contact. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures of the Police Department and is supplemented by frequent specific instructions. The employee is subject to the usual hazards of law enforcement work. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Police Sergeant and is evaluated in terms of adherence to departmental policies and procedures and the effectiveness with which assigned duties are performed.

The City of Asheville is a culturally diverse community and the Asheville Police Department welcomes all applicants. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Must successfully complete a pre-employment medical exam to include a hearing and vision test and other requirements set by the NC Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission. These physicals require a scheduled appointment. The City’s Physician or Physician Assistant must provide final clearance. The exams are at the City’s expense after a conditional offer is made, but before a final offer of employment.

Police Officers work 12 hour shifts either 6 am–6 pm, 7 am-7 pm or 6 pm-6 am, 7pm–7am.  New hires will be subject to working the shift(s) that are currently available at the time of hire.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Cooperates with law enforcement officers of other governmental units in making investigations and arrests.
  • Patrols or participates in the patrol of an assigned area of the City. Inspects troublesome areas and checks security of business establishments. Answers complaint calls and assists in investigating crimes and disturbances. Interviews witnesses, gathers evidence. Interrogates suspects, makes arrests, and prepares investigation reports.
  • Investigates traffic accidents and performs first aid. Secures and clears accident scenes. Directs traffic.
  • Monitors vehicle speeds with radar, conducts criminal and driving checks and issues summons or warnings.
  • Serves or participates in the service of legal papers, such as citations, subpoenas, warrants and commitment orders. Uses directories and other means to locate designated parties. Explains the meaning of papers and makes arrests when necessary.
  • Appears in court as a witness to give testimony.
  • Attends various community functions to establish law enforcement presence. Interacts with residents as appropriate to establish and maintain positive image of Department and law enforcement activities.
  • Prepares various reports and forms such as case files, offense reports, accident reports, tow sheets and cards, property vouchers and lab requests.

Supplemental Functions:

  • Performs other similar duties as required.


MUST HAVE: Certification as a Police Officer through the NC Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission; OR Completion of NC BLET program.  NC BLET completion must be current enough to be eligibile to achieve certification as a Police Officer through the NC Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission after successful completion of the hiring process.

Educational requirement is minimum high school diploma and / or GED. Preference will be given to applicants with advanced degrees and / or military service with an honorable discharge.Bilingual language skills preferred, particularly Spanish language skills.

Additional Major Requirements:

  • At least 20 years of age at time of application.
  • Must be in good physical condition with no obvious condition which will impair the performance of duty.
  • Must pass a physical examination, and physical fitness assessment.
  • Must meet vision, hearing, and other physical requirements.
  • Must be a United States citizen.
  • No felony convictions and no serious misdemeanor convictions in the past five years.
  • Valid NC driver’s license (or out of state with the ability to obtain the same) required; no suspensions of driving privileges in the past three years.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a thorough background investigation.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a polygraph examination.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a psychological evaluation.
  • Must satisfactorily pass a screening test for drugs.

Automatic Disqualification

Criminal History: Any conviction of a felony; a crime for which the punishment could have been more than two years; conviction of a crime or unlawful act defined as Class B Misdemeanors within the preceding ten (10) years; conviction of two (2) or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as Class A Misdemeanors within the preceding five (5) years; a DUI or DWI conviction in the last ten years.  For a list of Class B Misdemeanors visit: http://www.ncdoj.gov/About-DOJ/Law-Enforcement-Training-and-Standards/Criminal-Justice-Standards/CJ-Standards/Documents/Class-B-Misdemeanor-Manual-2005.aspx

Drugs: Any involvement in the sale of illegal drugs; any prior use of hallucinogenic drug such as LSD; use of any illegal drug within the past two (2) years; any use of hard drugs such as cocaine or heroin.

Other: Dishonorable discharge from any military service. Less than honorable discharges will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Untruthfulness or the intentional withholding of information; intentionally withholding information on any application, interview, or paperwork associated with the position; deliberate inaccuracies or incomplete statements; cheating on any examination or testing associated with the position.

Tattoos and Body Modification: Tattoos, brandings, or intentional scarring will not be visible to the public. Tattoos, brands, or intentional scars will be covered by all employees when representing the department by uniform, business attire or other appropriate covering.

Tattoos, branding, or intentional scarring are not permitted on the face, neck, ears, scalp, or hands. Exceptions may be made for female employees with permanent makeup (e.g., eyeliner, lip liner) that is conservative and natural looking.

The hiring process includes:

  • Initial Review
  • Entrance Exam & POPAT (Police Officer Physical Agility Test)
  • Background Interview
  • Panel Interview
  • Drug Screen
  • Background Investigation/Polygraph
  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Management Review/Interview with Chief
  • Medical Exam

The City of Asheville is a culturally diverse community and the Asheville Police Department welcomes all applicants. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Working knowledge of modern law enforcement practices and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws pertaining to law enforcement work.
  • Working knowledge of the locations of streets, roads, highways and the geography and socioeconomic characteristics of the City.
  • Working knowledge of the content and purpose of legal papers and the practices involved in serving them.
  • Some knowledge of the standard practices, materials, techniques, and equipment associated with the Patrol Division.
  • Working knowledge of community policing philosophy and the SARA model for Community Policing.
  • Ability to use firearms and other law enforcement equipment.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency and routine situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action.
  • Ability to apply interpretation of laws to specific situations.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Ability to present court testimony effectively.
  • Ability to perform physical functions of position, including physically restraining people.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to interact courteously with the public and portray a positive image of the department.
  • Ability to read and understand basic workplace data, such as simple forms, tables, graphs, schedules, etc.
  • Ability to conduct research of existing, internal policies and procedures
  • Ability to compile data into a formal report or recommendation shared with others and often verbally presented.
  • Ability to think creatively in all areas for the purpose of increasing efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in spoken and written form.
  • Ability to research program documents and narrative materials, and develop reports from information gathered.
  • Ability to analyze situations to pinpoint problems and assist with solving problems or identifying sources of obstacles.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships as required by work assignments.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret policy and procedural guidelines and to apply this understanding to tasks.
  • Ability to bring resources together to resolve a problem or provide a solution.
  • Majority of work is performed outside of with exposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.
  • Frequent physical effort is required.

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