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Polygraph Examiner #2208-315500-01

Date Opened
Monday, August 08, 2022 11:56 AM
Close Date
Wednesday, September 07, 2022 12:22 PM
  • $69,404.00 - $78,080.00/year


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is a highly respected law enforcement agency, both in our community and nationally. Our progressive department provides exciting opportunities for law enforcement professionals to develop partnerships with our citizens in order to prevent the next crime, and to enhance the quality of life within our community always treating people with fairness and respect.  The department employs nearly 2,000 sworn officers and over 500 civilians serving a jurisdiction with close to 1 million people. Our employees are men and women from diverse backgrounds interested in meeting the needs of and serving an equally diverse community.  The men and women of the CMPD are committed to providing the very best service possible and maintaining the high level of confidence this community has in us.


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 17th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 872,498 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


The Polygraph Examiner is expected to interview applicants using a polygraph machine and standard polygraph techniques to diagnose truthfulness or deception and performs other duties as required. The key to this role will be achieving the desired number of polygraph examinations and preparing accurate and complete reports within established hiring timelines. The work performed by a Polygraph Examiner is of a highly sensitive, confidential nature. Work is reviewed through observation and results obtained.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Performs highly specialized technical work in conducting polygraph examinations for pre-employment applications, criminal manners, and internal matters in a highly sensitive, confidential nature
•Interviews applicants using a polygraph machine and standard polygraph techniques to diagnose truthfulness or deception, and performs other duties as required
•Conducts pre-test interviews to determine factors affecting test conditions
•Maintains appropriate records, including confidential files, logs, and reports
•Ensures testing site and equipment follow protocol standards
•Sets up polygraph equipment and video equipment in preparation for the examination
•Takes down equipment after completion of the examination
•Prepares the examination reports following the examination, including a conclusion as to the client’s veracity or attempts to circumvent the test
•Testifies in court proceedings or disposition hearings
•Presents or lectures to law enforcement personnel regarding polygraph examinations and the law enforcement environment
•Prepares testimony and documentation for court proceedings and formal written reports
•Conducts thorough interviews and interrogations on individuals which result in legally obtained confessions
•Maintains appropriate scheduling of criminal polygraph exams
•Participates in recruitment initiatives activities as directed
•Proctors written exams
•Performs all duties assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•Analytic skills
•Strong interpersonal skills
•Ability to interact with a broad cross-section of society
•Ability to interview applicants effectively; maintain good relationships with members, supervisors, and applicants being examined; analyze polygraph examination results
•Maintain records and make reports; deal effectively with others
•Ability to observe and monitor examinees’ behavior and polygraph charts to determine polygraph questions and compliance with prescribed operating and safety standards
•Skill in operating and maintaining polygraph equipment
•Knowledge of agency and Bureau procedures
•Knowledge of various databases and software programs to efficiently perform the duties of the position
•Ability to perform all functions of the job classification without posing threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace
•Ability to deal tactfully under stressful conditions
•Ability to work independently & in a team environment
•Confidence to have work scrutinized with the ability to accept feedback
•High levels of trustworthiness, tenacity, professional and personal integrity
•Professional experience, training, and certification in interviewing, investigation, and elicitation
•Willingness and motivation to continue advanced / refresher training
•Polygraph Examiner License (must possess one of the following): in the state of North Carolina, or licensed in another state, or police polygraph examiner
•Possess or ability to obtain membership in a professional polygraph association

ADA and Other Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require grasping, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motions. Must be able to sit for long time periods such as 6-7 hours per day.

Physical Requirements:
•Remaining in a stationary position, often sitting, or standing for prolonged periods.
•Occasional movement throughout the workday daily to interact with staff and accomplish tasks.
•Communicating both verbally and written in order to exchange information.
•Repeating motions of holding, grasping, and turning that may include the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
•Light to moderate lifting and carrying.
•Lift up to 50 pounds. 
•Work primarily in an office environment.
•Ability to operate office equipment, such as computer, copier, fax machine, and phone.

Sensory Requirements:
•Concentrated and attentive use of one or more senses (visual, audio, and other sensory modalities) for proofreading, data entry, and tabulating data.
•Ability to operate in an environment with frequent interruptions from people and or noises, which in return could result in some level of stress, fatigue, or strain.
•Comprehensive written information in work-related documents.
•Ability to hear, understand, and distinguish speech.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in an indoor office environment with moderate exposure to atmospheric conditions; moderate exposure to environmental conditions (such as officers, community members, victims, etc.); and frequent exposure to computer screens, files, and phone. 

Preferred Qualification

  • N.C. Polygraph Examiner License or successfully complete an American Polygraph Association (APA) accredited polygraph training and obtain a license within one year from the date of hire.
  • Valid North Carolina or South Carolina Driver’s License

Minimum Qualifications

Associate's Degree and three years related work experience


Bachelor's Degree and one year related work experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

Apply online.

Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job.

You are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available. Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays.

Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to


The City of Charlotte provides a comprehensive benefits package to all employees.

Click here to learn more about the City of Charlotte’s benefits.

The City of Charlotte is a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

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