COUNTY POLICE SERGEANT
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Graduation from High School or Vocational High School or
possession of an approved High School Equivalent Certificate.
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.
Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
in New Jersey.
NOTE: Appointees to this position must successfully
qualify semi-annually in the use of firearms.
Must be a citizen of the United States.
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
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
Ability to treat citizens and others with uniform courtesy and
Ability to answer frequently repeated questions without loss
of temper or equanimity.
Ability to detect, apprehend and place proper charges against
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:
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.