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This is responsible supervisory work directing law enforcement activities for an assigned shift, staff of police personnel or specialized technical police work of comparable responsibility.

An employee allocated to this class of work is responsible for assigning and supervising the work of assigned personnel engaged in patrol activities or in police work of a specialized nature. Considerable independent judgement, initiative, and understanding must be exercised in interpreting orders, rules, and regulations, and in meeting emergency situations. Work is performed in accordance with established rules, regulations, and instructions from superior officers who review the work through reports, conferences, and observation of police efficiency.


Acts as Shift Commander; determines personnel and equipment assignments; reviews investigation and arrest reports, and determines disposition requirements.

Supervises and participates in the work of personnel engaged in the investigation of crimes and other offenses against persons and property; handles the more difficult and sensitive situations; reviews investigation reports.

Supervises the work of personnel engaged in communications and the preparation and maintenance of a variety of police records and reports on an assigned shift.

Assists superior officer in developing and implementing new or revised policies and procedures; interprets policies and procedures to departmental employees.

Acts as liaison between the police department and automotive center in order to keep all patrol cars in the best running condition at all times.

Assumes the duties of a Captain, in the Captain's absence, when directed.

Prepares or directs the preparation and maintenance of necessary records and reports.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school supplemented by the completion of two years of college; and considerable experience in law enforcement work, including supervisory experience; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Will fully comply with the requirements for peace officer as set forth in the Georgia Peace Officers' Standards and Training Act, as defined by the Georgia Peace Officers' Standards and Training Council. Georgia Law 92A-2100 (as amended).


Extensive knowledge of standard police practices and techniques.

Extensive knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, particularly the laws of arrest and evidence as well as full familiarity with University policies in the public safety area.

Extensive knowledge of the campus and surrounding geographic area.

Ability to plan, assign, and supervise the work and training of subordinates and to command their respect.

Ability to obtain information through interview and interrogation and to deal firmly and courteously with the public under stress conditions.

Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action on own initiative.

Ability to speak and write effectively.

Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with employees, university officials, and the public.

Skill in the use and care of firearms and firm administration of firearms safety policies.

Skill in first aid training.



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