SHERIFF'S OFFICER CAPTAIN
Under direction with wide latitude for independent judgment and
initiative, which may include authority to make decisions on policy
matters, and is responsible for administration and direction of
one or more organizational components of a Sheriff's office
such as: maintaining order and security in assigned areas or
buildings, criminal investigations, serving court processes,
criminal identification, ballistics, forensics, motor vehicle
accident investigation, apprehension of violators of the law;
and other related assignments which may include transportation
and custody of detainees, emergency management, training,
patrol, and communications and dispatch functions; does
other related assignments or duties as determined by the
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:
Supervises, evaluates, trains and provides guidance to subordinate
personnel; may perform all tasks assigned to a Sheriff's Officer.
Exercises all powers and rights of sheriff's officers, police officers,
and constables in criminal and civil matters, and functions as a law
enforcement officer for the detection, apprehension, arrest and
prosecution of offenders against the law.
May be assigned to duty with various inter-agency or shared
services operations or organizations.
Manages 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 conduct disciplinary hearings in cases of alleged misconduct
Secures administrative services such as supplies, equipment,
Develops and establishes new and/or revised work methods.
Arranges training opportunities for personnel and makes
determinations of who should attend.
Develops standards of work for assigned personnel.
Interviews candidates for positions in the organization.
May direct the preparation of the operating budget and be
charged with ensuring budget is implemented properly.
Has charge of and directs activities of personnel in the organizational
May assume command of personnel assigned to other organizational
components when necessary.
Analyzes new laws, methods, and technological advances in crime
detection and law enforcement to improve organization efficiency
and implements these analyses.
Meets with subordinate personnel to identify, discuss, and resolve
organizational and operating problems.
Develops procedures to serve as guidelines for proper conduct of
organizational component activities.
Monitors effectiveness of procedures through follow-up meetings
with subordinate personnel.
Prepares, and supervises staff who prepare, reports detailing
organizational component activities and submits same to superiors.
Receives, reviews, investigates, and resolves complaints received
regarding operation of organizational components.
May speak before education, community and/or professional groups
on various law enforcement and/or public safety topics.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of recording and/or
information systems used by the agency, office, or related
Graduation from high school or vocational high school or possession
of an approved High School Equivalency Certificate.
United States Citizenship.
Four (4) years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer with
a recognized law enforcement agency in work involving any one or
more of the following: investigation of criminal activities; taking,
classifying and filing fingerprints; serving of legal papers; ballistics
testing; maintaining security in a courtroom; serving court processes;
transportation and custody of detainees; criminal identification;
training; apprehension of violators of the law; forensics or other related
assignments which may include emergency management; and
communication and dispatch functions, two (2) years of which shall
have been in a supervisory capacity.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
Appointees must possess a certificate issued by the New Jersey
Police Training Commission showing satisfactory completion of
a police training course at an approved school pursuant to
P.L. 1961, C.56 (NJSA 52:17B-66 et seq.). Such training includes
successful attainment of a satisfactory level of proficiency in the
use of firearms.
NOTE: Appointees to this position must successfully qualify
semi-annually in the use of firearms.
NOTE: Appointees to positions in SWAT, SERT or related units
must additionally qualify with special weapons in conformance
with the Attorney General Guidelines.
NOTE: Appointees to this title may be required to work various
shifts, variable hours to include weekends and/or holidays.
As a prerequisite for appointment, appointees may be required
to pass a thorough medical and psychiatric examination to be
administered by the appointing authority. Any psychological,
medical, or physical condition or defect which would prevent
efficient performance of duties of the position, cause the appointee
to be a hazard to himself/herself or others, or become aggravated
as a result of performance of these duties will be cause for rejection.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of problems and procedures involved in court practices
and procedures and of techniques that would be useful in maintaining
order and security in the courtroom.
Knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures used in serving legal
papers and documents.
Knowledge of methods used in the taking, classifying, and filing finger
Knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures used in conducting
criminal investigations and apprehending violators of the law.
Knowledge of procedures used in ballistics testing.
Knowledge of the behavior of people.
Knowledge of methods likely to be effective in dealing with varied
types of people.
Knowledge of basic interviewing techniques.
Ability to assist in organizing and developing a comprehensive
work program and to take a leading part in developing effective
Ability to direct subordinates, and provide them with needed advice
and assistance when difficult and unusual problems arise.
Ability to see that proper procedures are followed and that desired
objectives are achieved.
Ability to obtain and make effective use of funds, personnel, and
Ability to read, analyze, interpret, apply, and conform to laws, rules,
and regulations relating to proper service of writs, legal documents,
Ability to investigate criminal activities and apprehend violators
of the law.
Ability to take the lead in establishing and maintaining helpful,
cooperative relationships with individuals and groups interested
in the work of the agency.
Ability to remain calm and decisive in unusual circumstances and
to use discretion and independent judgment.
Ability to prepare reports.
Ability to direct the establishment and maintenance of records and files.
Ability to utilize various types of recording and information systems
used by the agency, office, or related organizational components.
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.