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Job Specification

COUNTY POLICE SERGEANT 

DEFINITION

Under the supervision of a County Police Lieutenant during an 
assigned tour of duty, has charge of the police activities intended 
to provide assistance and protection for persons, safeguard property, 
assure observance of the laws, and apprehends lawbreakers; does 
other related duties.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative 
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform 
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties 
performed on the job may not be listed.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

Visits and inspects patrol areas.

Notes and reports suspicious activity, fires, and accidents as 
to their condition and location.

Receives complaints and makes needed investigations.

Provides needed information to citizens and other interested parties.

Notes conditions which may affect public safety and takes 
appropriate action to assure that persons and property are 
safeguarded and good order is maintained, and that police 
officers are doing their work properly.

Ensures that needed police protection is provided when large 
sums of money are in transit, when there are fires, outbreaks 
and other conditions which may result in disorder and when 
large numbers of people congregate for any reason.

When necessary, apprehends, warns or takes into custody 
violators of the law.

Supervises, evaluates, trains and provides guidance to subordinate 
personnel; may perform all tasks assigned to a police officer. 

Exercises all powers and rights of police officers in criminal and 
civil matters, and functions as a law enforcement officer for the 
detection, apprehension, arrest and prosecution of offenders 
against the law. 

Supervises the detection/apprehension of lawbreakers, preparation 
of charges against them, and collection and presentation of evidence 
of their offenses.

Supervises work operations and/or functional programs, and 
has responsibility for performance evaluations and for effectively 
recommending the hiring, firing, promoting, demoting, and/or 
disciplining of personnel.

May be assigned to duty with various inter-agency or shared 
services operations or organizations

Recommends acquisition of needed materials, equipment 
and facilities.

Revises work schedule to meet changes in workload considering 
factors such as priorities, peak loads, availability of personnel, 
time requirements, difficulty of assignments, and capabilities of 
employees.

May make recommendations concerning maintenance and 
replacement of equipment and maintenance and safety of facilities.

Informs employees about policies, procedures, and practices 
of management as they relate to the work of the organizational 
component which may be a subdivision of the agency; such as 
a division, section, bureau, unit, or position that is established to 
provide a specific function.

May receive and resolve complaints from personnel, referring 
grievances and serious complaints not resolved to higher level 
supervisors. 

May receive and investigate complaints against personnel and/or 
the agency, including anonymous complaints. 

Identifies developmental and training needs of personnel and 
makes provision for such development and training.

Tours and inspects duty stations to ensure compliance with 
regulations, job duties and appearance standards. 

Patrols assigned areas or buildings to quell disturbances and 
to keep order. 
 
May train personnel in performance of job duties.

May prepare and schedule work assignments of personnel and 
issue daily duty assignments.

May prepare and submit activity and time reports to superiors.

Discusses cases with subordinates and recommends courses 
of action.

Prepares, and supervises staff, in the drafting of reports detailing
organizational component activities and submits same to superiors.

May prepare preliminary budget proposals and reports.

Takes corrective action with staff for violation of regulations in 
accordance with agency policies and procedures and resolves 
personnel problems or refers them to higher authority.

Supervises assigned organizational component(s).

Analyzes, resolves, or assists personnel in resolving work 
problems.

Evaluates reports on personnel and operations, determines 
priorities, and assigns personnel to cases.

May assist subordinates in operations.  

Speaks before education, community and/or professional 
groups on various law enforcement and/or public safety topics.

Gives testimony in court.

Prepares and directs the preparation of reports.

Keeps needed records and files.

Supervises subordinate police officers in performance of their 
patrol or duty.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic 
and/or manual recording and computerized information systems 
used by the agency, office, or related units.
 
REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:

Graduation from High School or Vocational High School or 
possession of an approved High School Equivalent Certificate.

EXPERIENCE:

Three (3) years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer 
with a recognized law enforcement agency in work involving the 
investigation of criminal activities and apprehension of violators 
of the law.

AGE:

Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid 
in New Jersey.

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

NOTE:  Appointees to this position must successfully 
qualify semi-annually in the use of firearms.

CITIZENSHIP:

Must be a citizen of the United States.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION:

Appointees may be required to pass a thorough physical and 
psychological examination to be administered by the Appointing 
Authority. Any psychological, medical, or physical condition or 
defect which would prevent efficient performance of the duties 
of the position, cause appointees to be a hazard to themselves 
or other, or become aggravated as a result of the performance 
of these duties, may be cause for rejection. Failure to demonstrate
sufficient capacity to perform the duties of this position may be 
cause for rejection. 

KNOWLEDGES AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of the laws and ordinances which are significant from
the police point of view. 

Knowledge of the rules, regulations, policies, standards, internal 
organization and operating procedures of the county police 
department.

Knowledge of the problems and procedures in providing proper 
police protection for persons and property.

Knowledge of local geography, traffic conditions, places of 
amusement and local inhabitants prone to disregard police 
and social requirements.

Knowledge of the problems and procedures involved in providing 
proper police protection at places where people assemble.

Knowledge of the problems and procedures involved in providing 
proper charges against lawbreakers.

Knowledge of the types of police communication that are useful 
and feasible in the police department.

Knowledge of the procedures followed in providing police protection
at places where large sums of money are in transit and other types
of valuable property may be endangered.

Knowledge of methods of detecting, apprehending, and preparing 
proper charges against lawbreakers.

Knowledge of the methods likely to be effective in dealing with 
varied types of people.

Knowledge of human behavior.

Ability to analyze and interpret laws, ordinances, rules, 
regulations, standards and procedures and apply them 
to specific cases and situations.

Ability to organize police work during an assigned tour of duty, 
analyze the problems that arise and develop effective work 
methods and procedures.

Ability to give suitable assignments and instructions to the Police 
Officers on duty, provide them with advice and assistance when 
difficult and unusual situations arise, and check their work to see 
that proper procedures are followed, that reasonable standards 
of workmanship, conduct, and output are maintained, and that 
desired police objectives are achieved.

Ability to supervise, evaluate, train and provide guidance to 
personnel.

Ability to treat citizens and others with uniform courtesy and 
consideration.

Ability to answer frequently repeated questions without loss 
of temper or equanimity.

Ability to detect, apprehend and place proper charges against 
lawbreakers.

Ability to establish and maintain helpful and cooperative relations 
with civic and business organizations, and other interested parties.

Ability to perform varied investigation work.

Ability to maintain custody of prisoners and detainees.

Ability to make the best use of available personnel and facilities 
in carrying on police work,

Ability to provide needed policies protection at places where people 
assemble in numbers, at places where traffic is heavy and at places 
where large sums of money are in transit and other types of valuable 
property may be endangered.

Ability to make home visits under varying conditions and to talk to 
varied types of persons.

Ability to analyze identification problems.

Ability to take and maintain a firm and correct stand when 
controversies and differences of opinion arise.

Ability to note significant conditions, and take the proper action 
in accord with prescribed procedures.

Ability to physically subdue and restrain violent individuals.

Ability to run up and/or down stairs under stressful conditions, 
and to run short sprints and long distances in a minimum 
amount of time.

Ability to pursue individuals on foot and climb obstacles.

Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of clear, sound, 
accurate and informative reports.

Ability to maintain and direct the maintenance of records and files.

Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording
and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in 
English sufficiently to perform duties of this position.  American 
Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable 
forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long 
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without 
reasonable accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be 
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, 
such persons may not be eligible.

This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
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Common
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01421LC N/A04-

This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.

9/22/2012