Employment

Applying For Employment


If you are interested in applying for a position as a Police Officer or Telecommunicator, review the basic requirements listed below and visit the Town's Human Resources / Employment Opportunities page for job postings.

Basic Employment Requirements for NEW Police Officers:


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must complete Basic Law Enforcement Training and meet State certification requirements.
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must pass an oral interview, background investigation, polygraph test, physical examination, drug screen, and psychological evaluation;
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • No convictions for any of the following:
  1. Any felony; or
  2. Qualifying misdemeanor charge of domestic violence; or
  3. A crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than two (2) years; or
  4. A crime or unlawful act defined as a “Class B misdemeanor” within the five (5) year period prior to the date of application for employment; or
  5. Four (4) or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as “Class B misdemeanors” regardless of date of conviction; or
  6. Four (4) or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as “Class A misdemeanors” unless the last conviction date is more than two (2) years prior to the date of application for employment;

Lateral Transfers:

A law enforcement officer with general certification may transfer from one law enforcement agency in North Carolina to Mooresville Police Department, provided he or she has less than a 12-month break in service.

An officer holding probationary certification may not laterally transfer to Mooresville Police Department. If an officer terminates employment with one agency before his or her year is up (i.e. probationary period), then he or she must start a new probationary period at Mooresville Police Department.

Out-of-State Transfers:

Out-of-state transfers will be evaluated to determine the amount and quality of their training and experience. At a minimum, out-of-state candidate must have two (2) years of full-time, sworn law enforcement experience and have successfully completed a basic law enforcement training course accredited by the state from which they are transferring to be considered for transfer to Mooresville Police Department. Out-of-state transferals cannot have a break in service exceeding one (1) year.

Prior to employment as a certified law enforcement officer in North Carolina, out-of-state transferals must successfully complete Mooresville Police Department’s in-service firearms training and qualification program, and pass all physical, psychological, polygraph, drug screen and background investigation requirements. In addition, they must also complete the Legal Unit (minimum of 96 hours) of the Commission-certified Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course and successfully pass the BLET state examination within their 12-month probationary period.

Persons who have completed training as a federal law enforcement officer will be required to complete BLET in its entirety and successfully pass the BLET state examination prior to employment.

All out-of-state transfers are considered Probationary Appointees who must meet the requirements stated above prior to being issued Probationary Certification as a law enforcement officer. After receiving the appropriate documentation, NC Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission will review your credentials to determine what additional training will be required during your probationary year. In addition to the above-stated requirements, you must submit the following documentation:

  • A letter from your previous law enforcement agency detailing your dates of FULL-TIME, sworn service;
  • A copy of your BLET course certificate of successful completion;
  • A topical breakdown / syllabus of the courses that you completed in BLET.

Step-by-Step Application Process - Police Officers

  • The following are REQUIRED before being considered for employment, and must be submitted together:
    1) Application
    2) Authorization for Release Waiver
    3) Personal History Statement
  • Applicants selected for the oral board interview will be notified by telephone re: date and time.
  • If the applicant passes the oral review board, they will be interviewed by an investigator and be required to pass a rigorous background investigation, including a credit, driving, and criminal history check. In addition, neighbors, employers, and references will be interviewed as to the applicant's suitability for the position.
  • If the applicant passes the background check and is given a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must submit to a polygraph examination, psychological evaluation, physical examination, drug screening, and successfully qualify with a firearm.

Benefits For Police Officers

  • Starting annual salary (with no experience or degree) - $39,650;
  • 2.5% increase in pay upon successful completion of probationary period;
  • Take-home vehicle incentive for officers living within 20 miles of Town limits;
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for employee (family coverage is available at an additional charge);
  • Tuition reimbursement (up to $4,000 per year);
  • 401K Plan with contributions made by the Town (5% annual salary);
  • Law enforcement retirement and separation allowance via Local Government Retirement System;
  • Longevity incentive;
  • 10 - 20 paid vacation days per year (based on years of service);
  • 11 - 12 paid holidays per year;
  • 12 paid sick leave days per year (accumulated indefinitely)
  • Pay incentive for completion of higher education;
  • Pay incentive for previous law enforcement experience;
  • Pay incentive for proficient bilingual skills (based on fluency);
  • Fitness center within the Police Department;
  • Paid life insurance equal to annual salary;
  • Uniforms and equipment furnished by the Police Department;
  • Workers’ compensation insurance.
For more information, contact Officer Freddie Williams at 704-799-8017 or by email.

Basic Employment Requirements for Telecommunicators:


  • Must be at least 21 years of age;
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must pass an oral interview, practical exercise, background investigation, polygraph test, physical examination, and drug screen;
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • No convictions for any of the following:
  1. Any felony; or
  2. Qualifying misdemeanor charge of domestic violence; or
  3. A crime for which the punishment could have been imprisonment for more than two (2) years; or
  4. A crime or unlawful act defined as a “Class B misdemeanor” within the five (5) year period prior to the date of application for employment; or
  5. Four (4) or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as “Class B misdemeanors” regardless of date of conviction; or
  6. Four (4) or more crimes or unlawful acts defined as “Class A misdemeanors” unless the last conviction date is more than two (2) years prior to the date of application for employment;

Step-by-Step Application Process- Telecommunicators:

  • The following are REQUIRED before being considered for employment, and must be submitted together:
          1) Application
          2) Authorization for Release Waiver
          3) Personal History Statement

  • Applicants selected for the practical test will be notified by letter of the date and time for the test, with a passing score they will then be notified by phone for an oral board interview. These procedures will be conducted consecutively.
  • If the applicant passes the practical exercise and oral board, they will be interviewed by an investigator and be required to pass a rigorous background investigation, including a credit, driving, and criminal history check. In addition, neighbors, employers, and references will be interviewed as to the applicant's suitability for the position.
  • If the applicant passes the background check and is given a conditional offer of employment, the applicant must submit to a polygraph examination, physical examination, and drug screen.

Benefits for Telecommunicators:



  • Starting annual salary (with no experience or degree) - $32,620;
  • 2.5% increase in pay upon successful completion of probationary period;
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage for employee (family coverage is available at an additional charge);
  • Tuition reimbursement (up to $4,000 per year);
  • 401K Plan with contributions made by the Town (5% annual salary);
  • Local Government Retirement System;
  • Longevity incentive;
  • 10 - 20 paid vacation days per year (based on years of service);
  • 11 - 12 paid holidays per year;
  • 12 paid sick leave days per year (accumulated indefinitely)
  • Pay incentive for completion of higher education;
  • Pay incentive for previous telecommunications experience;
  • Pay incentive for proficient bilingual skills (based on fluency);
  • Fitness center within the Police Department;
  • Paid life insurance equal to annual salary;
  • Uniforms furnished by the Police Department;
  • Workers’ compensation insurance.
For more information, contact Susan Davis at 704-664.3311 or by email.