Police Sergeant Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Supervises, plans, organizes and coordinates activities of a law
enforcement/public safety unit assigned to patrol assigned areas in
a car or on foot.
fourth in a series of five classifications and is distinguished from
the Police Officer Senior by the formalized supervisory role over
Police Officers and administrative duties. It is distinguished from
the Police Lieutenant in that Sergeants are frequently in the field
and considered first-line supervisors rather than part of
administration as are Police Lieutenants. Incumbents typically
report to Police Lieutenants and have Police Officers, Police
Officers Senior, Security Officers, Security Officer Leads and other
assigned staff as subordinates. 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:
- Supervises the activities of subordinates.
- Arranges work schedules of assigned staff to cover shifts
twenty-four hours per day.
- Reviews essential information at beginning of new shift;
conducts briefing session; answers questions and participates in
discussion of information.
- Analyzes reports prepared and submitted by subordinates for
accuracy, completeness, essential elements, fundamental
soundness and substantiation of action taken.
- Disseminates applicable new and revised policies and
procedures to subordinates; explains implications.
- Analyzes difficult situations or problems presented by
subordinate staff and recommends action to be taken or
appropriate method or procedure to use.
- Compiles information for and writes periodic statistical
reports on work unit activities and submits to supervisor.
- Analyzes activity reports to determine levels of performance
or need for corrective action.
- Attends supervisory staff meetings; gives and receives
information; participates in problem solving; recommends policy
changes and program development to superiors.
- Investigates complaints against staff to satisfaction of all
parties; recommends action to be taken.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
- Knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures and
applicable laws, rules and regulations.
- Skill in applying laws, rules and regulations.
- Skill in analytical, objective observance of situations and
quick decision making.
- Skill in managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully
years' experience as an Arizona Police Officer Standards AND
Training (AZ POST) certified officer, which includes one year of
lead experience; OR, Associate's degree or sixty-five credits in
Police Science, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Public
Administration, a social science or related field AND two years'
experience as an AZ POST certified officer, which includes one year
of lead experience; OR, Equivalent out-of-state certification; must
obtain an AZ POST regular officer certification within six months
from hire date. Possession of current Arizona Type D driver's
license is required upon employment.
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