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Police Officer Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Supervises/leads work of other police officers or supervises Security Officers, Security Officer, Leads or other assigned staff in the absence of or as assigned by unit Sergeant. Enforces university, state and federal laws and regulations to protect life and property and serves university community.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is third in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from the Police Officer by the lead responsibilities or supervisory duties and additional experience required for leading and providing training to others. Incumbents are required to maintain flexible schedules in order to accommodate evening and weekend shifts. Incumbents experience hazardous or dangerous situations during the course of their work.

Examples of Duties:

  • Assumes some first line supervisor duties for squad in the presence and/or absence of Sergeant; performs minor disciplinary actions or performance evaluations; prepares for and conducts briefing session prior to squad going on-duty; reviews officers reports and daily activity logs for accuracy, completeness and essential elements; assists other officers with difficult situations; decides which emergency situations require contacting Sergeant.
  • Patrols buildings and grounds checking locked doors and windows, investigating suspicious activity or people and investigating unusual or suspicious circumstances.
  • Patrols assigned areas on foot or by motor vehicle to control traffic, prevent or deter crime and arrest violators; issues warnings or citations to drivers when violations of motor vehicle laws are observed.
  • Writes and files, with supervisor, crime reports and daily activity reports of disturbances, accidents, crimes and tickets issued in prescribed format.
  • Assists public and university community; delivers emergency messages; helps motorists with flat tires, stalled vehicles or keys locked in car; advises university community on crime prevention techniques.
  • Responds to emergency alarms and dispatched calls; makes quick decisions based on analysis of situations and facts.
  • Testifies in court in response to subpoena as witness and/or reporting officer to crime.
  • Investigates crimes, and accidents of all kinds; interviews suspects and witnesses; collects evidence and facts; files report with supervisor.
  • Trains new officers in the field according to established schedule and guidelines; submits written evaluation of trainee performance to supervisor.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures and applicable laws, rules and regulations.
  • Skill in analytical, objective observance of situations and quick decision making.
  • Skill in managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially.
  • Skill in recording information accurately and completely.
  • Skill in leading the work of others.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years' experience as Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training (AZ POST) certified officer; OR, Equivalent out-of-state certification; must obtain AZ POST certification within six months from hire date; Possession of current Arizona Type D driver's license is required upon employment.


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