Police Lieutenant-Southern Pines Police Department (NC)

Date Posted: October 20, 2023

Employer: Southern Pines Police Department


Police Lieutenant
Department: Police
Job Status: Full Time
Range of Pay: $63,968 - $95,951

The Southern Pines Police Department seeks an experienced supervisor for the position of Police Lieutenant (Patrol). This individual must have the ability to work effectively in a municipal environment where community service is highly valued. The position is open due to an upcoming retirement.

The Community: Southern Pines, is located in an area known as the “Sandhills” which is famous for its charming downtown, railroad, golf courses, history, temperate weather and arts. The town has a population of almost 16,000, but provides police services to an estimated daytime population of 35,000 to 40,000 people. The town is a unique combination of a small-town quality of life and big-city attractions. The retired, active duty military personnel, working families, and singles - all make up a diverse citizen population. Southern Pines is located an hour from the capital city of Raleigh with close proximity to Fayetteville and Fort Liberty. With a few hours’ drive to the picturesque Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains to the west and the scenic coastal beaches to the east, Southern Pines is ideally located.

Position Description and Responsibilities: Reporting to the Operations Captain, this hourly position (eligible for overtime) will serve as a Patrol Lieutenant and supervise police officers on an assigned shift. The Southern Pines Police Department is a CALEA accredited Police Department with a $6.8M budget and 58 sworn and non-sworn staff who serve in administrative, investigative, patrol and communication roles. The department utilizes the CompStat model for crime management. The Lieutenant is assigned a patrol district to manage all matters of crime and public safety concerns in their district. The department sponsors numerous community policing activities which is in line with the department’s community-oriented policing philosophy. The Lieutenant will work a 12-hour rotating shift assignment (four on and four off) and is expected to reside within a reasonable commuting distance to Southern Pines to allow for off-duty response when necessary.

The Successful Candidate:
is an experienced law enforcement supervisor in the state of North Carolina;
is a decisive leader in routine and emergency situations;
is familiar with, or has participated in the CALEA accreditation process;
has a proven track record in problem solving within the police department and community;
is an individual with impeccable integrity and a proven record of consistency in managing both internal and external relationships;
is a certified law enforcement instructor, or has successfully presented information to the community in public forums;
communicates clearly and professionally both verbally and in writing;
is skilled and accomplished in managing, evaluating and developing law enforcement personnel to include goal setting with subordinates;
has considerable knowledge in State and Federal law impacting law enforcement;
can assess shift performance and prepare periodic reports related to the efficiency and effectiveness of the patrol team;
can analyze crime and calls for service trends and develop effective plans and utilize assigned personnel to solve problems;
can assess employee performance and offer praise, recognition, remedial training, and disciplinary action as necessary, and;
thrives in a culture of high performance expectations and personal accountability.

The Town of Southern Pines seeks a law enforcement supervisor with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice or police-related field, OR an equivalent combination of education, training and related law enforcement experience, to include supervisory law enforcement training and development. Internal candidates require a minimum of one (1) year of supervisory experience in law enforcement and a minimum of (8) eight years’ experience as a law enforcement officer, prefer (3) three of which having been with the Southern Pines Police Department. External candidates require a minimum of (8) eight years’ experience as a law enforcement officer; AND one of the following: a minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience in law enforcement at a CALEA nationally accredited law enforcement agency, OR five (5) years of supervisory experience in law enforcement at a law enforcement agency that is not nationally accredited. All applicants must have current certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of North Carolina. The Lieutenant is expected to participate in physical fitness assessments and maintain a weight proportionate to height in accordance with established departmental standards. The Lieutenant must be highly competent in the use of assigned firearms, agency equipment and department computer software including but not limited to CAD, RMS, and Crime Mapping.

The town offers additional Salary Credits, on top of base salary, for: Veterans, College Degrees, Intermediate and Advanced Law Enforcement Certifications and other specialized certifications.
A $100 biweekly Discretionary Supplemental Income benefit ($2,600 annualized)
Enrollment in the North Carolina Retirement system
401(K) contribution of 5%
Medical Insurance at minimal cost for employee plus many ancillary benefit options (see summary of benefits link in this posting)
Personal Sick, Vacation and Holiday accrual benefit
We accept unused Sick Leave balance from a previous government agency employer
A variety of authorized duty uniforms provided by the agency
Take home vehicle plan
Comprehensive job relevant training opportunities that help officers advance through the rank structure

Please note that the minimum pay range shown is just that - a minimum. We look at every candidate individually and will make sure that your starting pay offer will be based on the experience, knowledge, skills and abilities YOU bring to the table.

We like to take a "total compensation" philosophy toward employment with the Town. So please carefully factor in ALL the pay, benefits, work environment, growth opportunities, team atmosphere, economic stability, etc. together as you consider a rewarding future with the Town of Southern Pines.

To apply for this position, please go to https://southernpines.net, click “Job Openings” and select the Police Lieutenant link. All applications and F3 Personal History Statements must be fully completed and submitted via the online portal. Internal candidates do not need to complete Form F3. The application period will close on November 10, 2023 at 5:00 pm. An onsite skills assessment consisting of job related and non-discriminative factors that will act as a means to gain an understanding of a candidate’s skills, knowledge and abilities to perform as a Police Lieutenant will be held December 13-14, 2023 in Southern Pines for selected semi-finalists, with an anticipated start date of February 1, 2024. All inquiries should be emailed to [email protected]. Additional information about the Town of Southern Pines is available at https://southernpines.net.

The Town of Southern Pines is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected class or disability.

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