Recruitment

Join a Professional Team

The Graham Police Department is actively recruiting new people to join our team. A police position means adventure, outdoor work, security, prestige, job satisfaction, professional training and advancement opportunities. These are some of the many advantages available to an officer with the Graham Police Department, a nationally accredited department, widely recognized as one of the finest law enforcement organizations in the southeast.

The primary responsibility of every Police Officer is the protection of life and property and by virtue of his or her position; he or she fills a vital role in the well being of the community. While effective police techniques and modern equipment are more important factors in the continuing struggle against crime, the driving force in crime suppression is the individual police officer.

Upon qualifying and being hired as a police officer, you will be assigned for training to one of the “platoons” in the Patrol Division. If not certified you will receive sixteen (16) weeks of Basic Law Enforcement Training http://ncja.ncdoj.gov/Commission-Courses/BLET.aspx. Then you will be assigned to a Field Training Officer for fifteen (15) weeks of intensive training in the Field Training Program. In this program, you will become acquainted with and learn the fundamental phases of police work and become certified as a police officer in North Carolina. If already certified you will be assigned to a Field Training Officer and enter the field training program.

Requirements

Age: All Applicants must be at least 20 years of age and possess a valid N.C. Driver’s License.

Education:

High School graduate or have possession of a high school equivalency certificate issued by the N.C. State Board of Education or the adult high school diploma issued by the N.C. Department of Community Colleges. Completion of advanced degrees preferred.

Physical Requirements:

All applicants must be in good physical condition and able to perform assigned duties. Applicants must pass a physical examination.

Eyesight and Hearing:

Normal vision or both eyes corrected to current minimum required standards in each eye. Normal color, depth perception, and normal hearing are required. Vision requirements are prescribed by the Criminal Justice Standards Division.

Character and Morals:

All applicants must be of good moral character, clean habits and free from evidence of intemperance. A background investigation will be conducted on each applicant and will concern all factors relating to the acceptability of the applicant.

The Graham Police Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Selection Procedure

The selection process is administered in the following sequence:

Preliminary Interview

All candidates are screened to determine possession of minimum desirable qualifications.

Background Investigation

Candidates are subject to a thorough character investigation and assessment by the Department to determine if the applicant is acceptable for professional law enforcement service. Candidates will undergo polygraph and psychological testing.

Candidates are also examined by the City’s physician to determine if the applicant meets established health requirements and to determine ability to pass physical performance and drug tests.

Probationary Period

Following appointment, officers are subject to an on-the-job evaluation during a 12-month probationary period. All candidates must meet the standards established by the Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, which includes a 12-month probationary period.

Employee Benefits

Paid Vacation:

Employees earn vacation at the rate of 10 days per year. For employees with 5 or more years of continuous service, annual leave is accrued at a greater rate.

Paid Holidays:

Ten holidays are recognized annually.

Medical/Dental Appointments:

With supervisor approval, employees may take up to three hours during a workday with pay to see a doctor or dentist monthly.

Paid Sick Leave:

Employees earn 12 days sick leave per year, which may be accumulated without limit.

Health Insurance:

Comprehensive medical hospitalization and life insurance are provided at no cost. These benefits are available for the employees’ dependents at a reduced rate.

Dental Insurance:

The City offers a $500 maximum benefit dental plan with no deductible that covers any procedure performed by a dentist.

Credit Union:

All employees may join the Truliant Federal Credit Union.

Retirement Benefits:

The retirement system offers a program of security for employees to meet the needs of retirement or disability. Both the employees and the City contribute to this system. If you choose to terminate your employment before qualifying for the retirement benefits, your contributions will be returned to you upon application.

Educational Assistance:

A tuition assistance program is available to employees. Degree programs are available through local colleges and universities.

Educational Incentive Pay:

The educational achievement of a new police officer may enable him or her to begin pay at a higher level or step, with the opportunity to advance to another pay level if education is obtained.

Uniforms:

All uniforms and equipment are furnished by the City.

Annuity Program:

The City contributes 5% of salary to a state sponsored 401-K plan. Employees have the option to make additional contributions to this account; Employee contributions are tax deferred. The 401-K plan offers a variety of investment options as well as a loan provision.

Life Insurance:

The City provides each employee a life insurance policy at no cost. Additional coverage for employees and their dependents (up to $100,000) may be purchased at reasonable rates. Accidental death coverage is included. The North Carolina Local Government Retirement System will pay the beneficiaries of an active employee who dies a benefit equal to their annual salary, but no less than $25,000 or more than $50,000.

Take-Home Car Program:

Officers that live within Alamance and surrounding Counties may have the opportunity to take their assigned police vehicle home.

Classification & Pay Plan:

Starting salaries for entry level Police Department positions.

Police Officer
$35,991.90 (07-01-2013)

Contact Graham Police Department for additional information
by Email: Kcole@cityofgraham.com or by phone: 336-570-6711 ext. 205