Police Sergeant Special Assignment

  • 408403

SUMMARY: Under general direction, supervises and participates in the activities of a specialized squad/section (e.g., Criminal Investigation, Covert Operations, etc.) on an assigned shift; provides daily direction, guidance, inspection and evaluation of the tasks assigned to sworn and civilian employees; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Supervises, trains and evaluates police officers and civilian employees. Schedules and coordinates shift changes.
  2. Patrols assigned area of the City for the prevention of crime and enforcement of all applicable criminal, traffic and other laws and ordinances.
  3. Responds to citizen complaints or questions regarding subordinate actions.
  4. Responds to calls for service involving crimes (e.g., robberies, assaults, homicides, narcotics, etc.)
  5. Responds to general public service calls for civil or societal problems.
  6. Writes necessary reports and checks written reports for completeness and accuracy.
  7. Reviews a variety of police related reports prepared by officers and civilian employees. Prepares and presents daily briefings.
  8. Coordinates investigative activities by maintaining contact with all involved personnel.
  9. Advise employees concerning questions on departmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of the criminal justice system.
  • Knowledge of the protocols in a law enforcement agency.
  • Knowledge of the proper maintenance of law enforcement tools.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police work and law enforcement methods.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and city laws governing police operations, custody of prisoners, search and seizure, and the rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of departmental policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of general law enforcement problems.
  • Knowledge of patrol, criminal and traffic investigations.
  • Skill in the use of handgun and self-defense.
  • Skill in the use of crime scene evidence collection.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in training and supervising assigned staff.
  • Skill in performing work requiring physical vigor.
  • Skill in analyzing situations, maintain composure, and making effective and reasonable decisions.
  • Skill in remembering names, faces and details of incidents.
  • Skill in remaining in control physically and emotionally during stressful situations.
  • Skill in pursuing and controlling suspects.
  • Skill in learning the city’s geography.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves exposure to potentially hazardous, uncontrollable and life threatening situations. There is frequent need to walk, run, lift and climb. This position may also have varying shifts. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High School Diploma or GED, and three (3) years Police Officer experience, Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission Certificate of Compliance in Law Enforcement, and a valid State of Florida driver’s license.

Last Revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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