Patrol Deputy – School Resource Officer

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Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential. Our mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life; to provide effective and efficient government our citizens can trust; and to deliver needed service through a responsive work force committed to excellence, integrity, and teamwork.

Purpose of the position:

An employee in this position is responsible for performing specialized law enforcement work as a uniformed patrol deputy to protect lives, property and rights of citizens of the county.

Essential Functions of the position:    

  • Patrol an assigned area of the County; 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 and makes arrests; prepares investigation reports.
  • Serve legal papers such as summons, warrants, capiases, commitment papers, and special court orders; uses directories and other means to locate designated parties; explains briefly the meaning of papers and makes arrests when necessary.
  • Appear in court as a witness to give testimony.
  • Cooperate with law enforcement officers of other governmental units in making investigations and arrests.
  • Assist with community outreach.

School Resource Officer Duties:

  • Handle all calls for service on the school grounds during school hours whether dispatched by the Sheriff’s Office or by school officials. The SRO reserves the right, after consultation with Sheriff’s Office supervisors, to request assistance from other officers and/or divisions from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, or officers from other law enforcement agencies as needed.
  • Interact with students as often as possible by taking a high visibility role during such times as lunch, class changes, bus loading areas, student drop off and other student events.
  • Complete and submit all reports and forms required by the Sheriff’s Office and by the school in order to insure a successful operation of the SRO program.
  • The School Resource Officer shall serve at all times as a role model to students by demonstrating appropriate attitudes, behavior, courtesy, and respect.  The Officer must understand the importance of mentoring students and serving the students as well as the school administration.
    Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience (required at time of hire):

High School diploma or equivalent.  Must be 21 years of age. Two years’ experience as a certified law enforcement officer in NC is preferred. Includes detention officers with two years’ experience as a certified law enforcement officer.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation:

Certification as a law enforcement officer in accordance with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Training and Standards Commission. Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina.

Schedule: 80 hours bi-weekly. Must be willing to work nights and weekends.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Knowledge of modern law enforcement practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws pertaining to law enforcement work
  • Knowledge of the locations of streets, roads, highways and the geography and socioeconomic characteristics of the county
  • 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
  • Skill in the use of 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 establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

This posting is for continuous recruitment purposes. This posting may close without notice.


Location: Asheville, NC

Job Posting End Date:

Salary Range: $43,451.00 – $51,833.00

Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee’s unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. In addition the Agency expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

Applicants for employment are invited to participate in the affirmative action program by reporting their status as a protected veteran or other minority. In extending this invitation, we advise you that: (a) workers (applicants) are under no obligation to respond but may do so in the future if they choose; (b) responses will remain confidential within the human resource department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our affirmative action program. We are a company that values diversity. We actively encourage women, minorities, veterans and disabled employees to apply. Refusal to provide this information will have no bearing on your application and will not subject you to any adverse treatment.

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