Police Sergeant - Traffic Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Uniform Operations Commander, is responsible for the supervision of the Traffic Unit (STEU) personnel and for the operations of the traffic unit 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 traffic officers, inspects performance, assists with problems, provides technical direction, resolves personnel problems, provides training as needed, and reviews reports and other administrative activities.

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

Reviews officer reports, 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

Maintain the ability to complete the job tasks of a Patrol Officer.

Listen to instructions from supervisors.

Read and understand laws, ordinances and other legal documents.

Listens to conversations from citizens who have different types of accents.

Review police reports for accuracy and neatness.

Review policies and other technical reports.

Operate computer terminal and C.A.D. system.

Evaluate Police Officers performance.

Respond to and oversee traffic fatality investigations.

Maintain communications with shift Lieutenant.

Direct traffic, push vehicles, lift heavy objects.

Issue traffic citations, arrest law violators, and deal with mentally ill persons.

Approve manpower requests (vacation leave, military leave, school requests, etc.).

Assist in the development of goals and objectives.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

High school diploma, GED. Two years police science training or related education. Associate's degree or 60 college credit hours preferred. Three years responsible police work, including public contact, law enforcement, and independent operations which may involve a junior officer. Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License. Applicants may possess a valid out of state driver's license and obtain the Florida license within 10 days of employment.

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of supervisory skills and practices.

Knowledge of police principles and practices.

Knowledge of applicable laws and precedents.

Knowledge of City, Sate and Federal ordinances and laws.

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 act effectively in crisis situations.

Ability to investigate situations and prepare written reports.

Ability to make oral presentations.

Ability to physically detail law breakers.

Skill in communication with subordinates.

Skill in operating motor vehicles in hazardous situations.

Skill in using weapons and other police equipment.

C. PHYSICAL AND METAL REQUIREMENTS

Operate motor vehicles, auto, van.

Hear and understand conversation in a normal tone of voice. Use of senses which include sight, smell, hearing, and touch.

See and read letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols which are both large and small, as well as identify colors.

Print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols – must be legible and understood by others.

Move back and forth and sideways while in a bending, kneeling, or squatting position.

Stay in bending, kneeling, or squatting position for periods less than ten minutes.

Go from a standing or sitting position to a bending, kneeling or squatting position, or vice versa, periodically.

Learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance, once trained.

Walk, stand, and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes, walk continuously for more than 5 minutes at a time.

Stand in a stationary position for more than 30 minutes at a time. May need to remain seated for more than 30 minutes at a time.

Lift, carry, push or pull items which weigh up to 50 pounds.

Carry items for a distance which ranges from 10 feet to no more than 300 yards.

Hold items (weighing between 1 – 10 pounds) for a period less than 10 minutes.

Work at night in dimly lit conditions as necessary and during inclement weather.

Ability to walk/run as necessary to the implementation of seeking information/individuals during on-scene investigation and apprehension of suspects.

Ability to climb as necessary in on-scene investigations, execution of search warrants, assisting in rescue operations.

Ability to operate office equipment (computers, copiers, fax, audio/video recorders, typewriters), surveillance equipment (stakeout-alarm system, body wire).



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 - 03/13/2012