Professional Standards

About the Division

Captain Tom Souther leads the Professional Standards Division, which consists of training, recruitment and internal affairs. 

Captain Souther and Administrative Assistant Rodney Burleson are responsible for recruiting, hiring, training, outfitting and equipping members of the Department. For employment information, please contact the Professional Standards Division at 704.878.3409 or email.  To apply for a Police Officer opening, please visit the City of Statesville Government Employment Job Openings website to apply online.

Sergeant C. Rambo supervises the School Resource Officers at Statesville High School, Statesville Middle School and Pressly.  
SRO Officers:
Statesville High School - Officer K. Austin
Statesville Middle School - Officer C. Soto-Molina
Pressly - Officer M. Fattaleh and Officer E. Turner

Pam Navey serves as the Community Resource Coordinator.  The Community Resource Coordinator is a civilian position with the Statesville Police Department.  Essential job functions of this position include providing services to at-risk individuals and their families, working with organizations and agencies to improve service to the community, raising community support and involvement in anti-crime initiatives and coordinating multi-agency violence reduction programs.

Employment Opportunities

Click for SPD Police Recruit Program Information and Requirements

Click to APPLY ONLINE through the City of Statesville Government Employment Job Openings Website

Click for the additional SPD Police Recruit Program Application Packet

SPD's Police Recruit program is now taking applications for the program that will attend the August BLET Class at Mitchell Community College. Applications will be accepted through February 23, 2018 and testing is anticipated to begin in early March.   If you are interested in applying, be sure to get your applications in AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources/Employment Openings page on the City of Statesville website. Applicants must also complete the additional SPD Police Recruit Application Packet. (See link buttons above for the link to apply online through City of Statesville HR and to download the application packet)

SPD is always looking to increase its candidate pool and we, like other agencies have moved to the Modified Pre-BLET POPAT which consists of extended times and less repetitions. Candidates will go through a lengthy process that begins with a timed test of running, lifting, jumping and other challenges. For more information about requirements and the program, CLICK HERE to view the latest Media Release.

About the Recruit Program

In an effort to hire quality police officers and maintain qualified professional personnel, The Statesville Police Department prides itself on the fact that only the highest caliber of individuals are accepted. We are seeking dedicated, hard working, and motivated individuals who have an interest in helping others and wish to have an impact on their community through active involvement. Our agency is in constant search of people who wish to be leaders by providing an active role model for others. We need people who set high standards for themselves and possess the capability to guide others to use similar standards through active involvement in community oriented activities.

If you possess these skills, the Statesville Police Department has an opportunity for you. Contact the Professional Standards Division at 704.878.3409 or  email for further details.  

Police Department Openings

The Statesville Police Department continually accepts applications for Police Officers. The annual starting salary is $37,654.45. Eligible officers receive the following bonuses upon being hired:

Up to a 10% increase for college degrees in a related field.

  • 5% increase for fluent bilingual skills.
  • In addition, officers earn a 5% increase upon satisfactory completion of a 6-month probationary period.

Officer benefits include: 

  • 401K
  • Local Governmental Employee's Retirement System
  • Health & Life Insurance
  • 10 Paid Holidays per Calendar Year
  • Vacation and Sick Leave 
  • Optional Dental & Supplemental Insurance
  • Educational Re-imbursements (with the approval of the Chief of Police)
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • and more...

When positions are available, the Training & Recruitment Unit will contact all current applicants and conduct suitability testing at the Department. The tests are created and evaluated by Law Enforcement Services, Inc. (LESI), in Greensboro, NC. A portion of the test is done on-line; the written tests usually take 3-4 hours to complete.

Those who score a "3" on the suitability tests continue on in the process. A thorough background investigation is then conducted on the applicants. This involves an interview, employment and reference checks, credit checks, driving history and criminal record checks, and Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) testing.

Upon successfully passing the background investigation, the applicants will be interviewed before the Statesville Police Oral Review Board. Only those who are deemed "eligible for employment" and rank within the top 3 candidates by the oral review board members may be asked to return for a second interview with Chief Barone. Should a conditional offer of employment be made to an applicant, the applicant must then successfully pass a drug screening and psychological interview with LESI, as well as a complete physical. The entire process usually averages between 45-60 days.

Transfers from Other NC Agencies

The Statesville Police Department is a growing agency and always interested in hiring experienced officers for full time and reserve officer positions. As positions become available, experienced officers with NC basic law enforcement certification may transfer to the Statesville Police Department provided he or she has less than a 12-month break in service.

Prior to transfer of certification, the officer must: (1) Complete a medical history statement within one year prior to transfer; (2) Submit to a medical examination and drug screening by the City physician, the results of which will be submitted to the Statesville Police Department; (3) Submit to a psychological interview with LESI; (4) Successfully complete the department's in-service firearms training program.

An officer holding probationary certification may not laterally transfer to the Statesville Police Department from another NC agency. If an officer terminates employment with a NC agency before their probationary period (first year) is up, they must start a new probationary period at the Statesville Police Department.

Incentives for experienced officers offered by the Statesville Police Department include: (1) A 5%-15% increase over the starting salary, at the discretion of the Chief of Police and City Manager; (2) Officers serving one full year at the Statesville Police Department, who also have at least two full years of service with another comparable NC law enforcement agency without any lapse in service, are eligible to participate in departmental promotional processes (Sergeant, Investigator, etc.)

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 candidates must have two 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 in order to be considered for transfer to the Statesville Police Department. Out-of-state transferees cannot have a break in service exceeding one year.

Prior to employment as a certified law enforcement officer in North Carolina, out-of-state transferees must: (1) Successfully complete the Statesville Police Department's in-service firearms training program; (2) Complete the legal unit (minimum 96 hours) of the NC Criminal Justice Training and Standards Commission-accredited BLET and successfully pass the entire state comprehensive examination within their 12-month probationary period.

Persons who have completed training as federal law enforcement officer or military police officer will be required to complete the Commission-accredited BLET in its entirety and successfully pass the state comprehensive examination prior to employment. In addition, ALL out-of-state transferees (including federal law enforcement officers and military police officers) will be subject to successfully completing/passing the Statesville Police Department's medical examination, drug screening, and LESI requirements.

NOTE: The NC Criminal Justice and Standards Commission will not pre-confirm your commission as a Police Officer in NC until you have been hired by our agency. This means that there is a possibility that they, Training and Standards, will not accept your training and experience from your home state. If that is the case, the Statesville Police Department reserves the right to terminate your employment with the City of Statesville.

Professional Standards Division

Captain Tom Souther
704.878.3536
email Cpt Souther

Rodney Burleson
Recruitment/Training
Administrative Assistant 
704.878.3409
email Rodney

Pam Navey
Community Resource Coordinator
704.878.3454
email Pam

Fax: 704.872.2566