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Police Officer

RPD is currently seeking candidates to fill an open Police Officer position on our team. We are interested in officers who exhibit integrity, professionalism, and dedication to bring their skills and experience to service for our citizens. The RPD has a long history of excellence borne out of a commitment to making Rutherfordton one of the safest towns in Western North Carolina. You will not find a police department with more pride, more talent or more integrity. We invite you to experience what we do – and the difference you can make as a member of the Rutherfordton Police Department 
Minimum Requirements include High School Diploma, a valid North Carolina driver’s license, and North Carolina BLET certification required. Candidates must pass a stringent background check, a physical (including drug screening). College degree, prior law enforcement or prior military preferred but not required.
The ideal candidate will be highly motivated, ethical; team oriented and dedicated to the principles of community-oriented policing. The officer will be required to perform any legal task assigned to the officer by the Police Chief and will be assigned to the patrol division of the department. New hires will be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period. The Town of Rutherfordton offers a comprehensive employment package including health care, retirement, 401K, opportunities for advanced education and training with associated pay for performance merit pay. 
Starting salary DOQ and competitive based on years of service and certifications, experienced officers are encouraged to apply.  Open until filled with the first round of application screenings occurring on September 6, 2018. Please return completed application below, along with a one page letter, highlighting your education, certifications, experience and desire to work with RPD. Copies of required certifications will be required if selected for an interview.  Completed applications are to be submitted to : Police Chief Kevin Lovelace, Town of Rutherfordton, 129 North Main St., Rutherfordton, NC 28139.