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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.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is 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 and impartially.

Minimum Qualifications:

Four 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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