Police Sergeant - Detective Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Police Lieutenant, is responsible for the supervision of shift personnel and for the operations of investigative functions during assigned shift. Performs a variety of law enforcement and supervisory tasks required to ensure effective and efficient operations. Performs other work as required.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Oversees assignment of investigators, inspects performance, assists with problems, provides technical direction, resolves personnel problems, provides training as needed, and reviews reports and other administrative activities.

Responds to selected crime scenes, assumes command as required and provides direction to investigators, officers and others; oversees law enforcement activities and ensures that serious cases are personally supervised. Prepares and oversees preparation of case information and reports and reviews all reports written by squad personnel.

Reviews officers reports, assigns and monitors reports to investigators for follow-up, prepares reports of shift activities, and prepares annual evaluation of police officers assigned to squad.

Inspects vehicles and equipment on a periodic basis and ensures that all are well maintained.

Attends court hearing and trials as required.

Meets all standards for Police Officer Certification under Florida law.

B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

Responsible for security and files of the office.

Presentations to media, on active investigations.

Accountable for the efficiency and neatness of each investigator assigned to his section.

Assure equipment issued to Investigators is properly cared for and available.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school diploma or GED. Two years police science training or related education. Three years responsible police work, including public contact, law enforcement, and independent operations which may involve a junior officer. Demonstrated experience in successfully conducting complex investigations. Current Florida drivers license. Applicants may possess a valid out of state driver's license and obtain the Florida license within 10 days of employment. Florida Police Standards Certification.

 

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of supervisory skills and practices.

Knowledge of police principles, practices, policies, and procedures.

Knowledge of applicable laws and precedents.

Knowledge of City, State, and Federal ordinances and laws.

Knowledge of repeat offenders names, addresses and physical characteristics.

Knowledge of emergency medical and first aid practices.

Ability to plan and direct a small work force.

Ability to observe and direct potential problems.

Ability to recognize crime patterns and disseminate appropriate information.

Ability to act effectively in crisis situations.

Ability to interview and/or interrogate witnesses and/or suspects.

Ability to investigate situations and to prepare written reports.

Ability to recognize and correct performance that deviates from accepted norms.

Ability to make oral presentations.

Ability to physically detain law breakers.

Skill in communication with subordinates and the community.

Skill in operating motor vehicles in hazardous situations.

Skill in using weapons and other police equipment.

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Walking/running: necessary to the implementation of seeking information/individuals during on-scene investigation and apprehension of suspects.

Climbing: necessary in on-scene investigations, execution of search warrants, assisting in rescue operations.

Lifting: necessary in daily office functions by handling documents/equipment, execution of search warrants, investigating crime scenes, assisting in rescue operations.

Reading: Symbols (traffic/criminal), legal documents, reports, financial documents, technical instructional material, search warrants.

Hearing: General conversations (directives/orders), radio transmissions, courtroom testifying, interviewing/interrogations, recorded materials.

Identifying colors: Hazmat materials, field test narcotics, operations of emergency vehicles.

Grasping objects: Firearms, impact weapons, communication equipment (telephones/radio microphones), persons.

Operate: Motor vehicles, firearms, computers, (copiers, fax, audio/video recorders, typewriters), surveillance equipment (stakeout-alarm system, body-wire).

Must be, or have the ability to be, respirator certified.

 

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date – 03/14/2012