Police Sergeant

  • 408404

SUMMARY: Under limited direction, supervises and participates in the activities of police patrol, detective, traffic or other specialized squad/section 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. Completes necessary reports and checks written reports for completeness and accuracy. Reviews a variety of police related reports prepared by officers and civilian employees.
  7. 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 principles and practices of supervision.
  • 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 both verbal and written communication.
  • Skill in training and supervising assigned staff.
  • Skill in analyzing situations, maintaining composure, and making effective and reasonable decisions.
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 random drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associate degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent semester credit hours (at least 60) accepted by the Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, and four (4) years full-time regular (non-probationary) status employment as a Police Officer, 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: January 2003
Overtime: Yes
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