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Job Specification

SHERIFF'S OFFICER SERGEANT	

DEFINITION

Under direction, supervises and works with personnel engaged in 
performing work in one or more functions of a Sheriff's office in the 
following areas: maintaining order and security in assigned areas 
or buildings, serving court processes, criminal identification, 
ballistics, investigations, apprehension of violators of the law; 
forensics and other related organizational component assignments 
which may include transportation and custody of detainees, 
emergency management, and communications and dispatch 
functions.  As required by the operational needs of the jurisdiction 
(County), may be assigned to supervise and/or perform other law 
enforcement or public safety related duties outside the parameters 
of a courtroom environment, which may include criminal investigations, 
patrol duties, training, dispute intervention/resolution, public 
safety/service assistance, traffic control and enforcement, motor 
vehicle accident investigation, etc., and/or other related assignments 
or duties as determined by the appointing authority. 

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.

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.

Interviews candidates for positions in the organizational component.

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.

May supervise and coordinate activities of personnel engaged 
in providing security and maintaining order within individual 
courtrooms and throughout county facilities.

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 communicate with judicial personnel to identify daily court calendar.

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

May prepare and submit activity and time reports to superiors.

May supervise, work with, and coordinate activities of personnel 
engaged in serving legal papers and executing court mandates.

May assign cases to subordinates for execution of court orders.

Discusses cases with subordinates and recommends courses 
of action.

Reviews reports to determine progress and disposition of cases.

May supervise the collection, recording, and deposition of legal 
fees gathered by subordinates.

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.

Will be required to learn and utilize various types of recording 
and/or information systems used by the agency, office, or related 
organizational components.

REQUIREMENTS:

EDUCATION:

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

EXPERIENCE:

Three (3) 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. 

AGE:

Not less than 18 years of age at the announced closing date for filing 
applications for the examination. 

CITIZENSHIP:

United States Citizenship.

LICENSE:

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.

CERTIFICATE:

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. 

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

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. 

MEDICAL EXAMINATION:

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 court practices and procedures, and of the techniques which 
would be useful in maintaining order and security in the courtroom. 

Knowledge of state laws and ordinances. 

Knowledge of the problems and procedures involved in determining the 
internal organization, and formulating rules and regulations for the agency. 

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

Knowledge of the problems and procedures involved in providing proper 
law enforcement protection for persons and property.

Knowledge of various types of law enforcement communication. 

Knowledge of how to detect, apprehend, and prepare proper charges 
against lawbreakers. 

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

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

Knowledge of human behavior. 

Knowledge of the laws, regulations, standards, policies, techniques, 
and procedures used in serving legal papers and documents and in 
conducting criminal investigations and executing warrants. 

Knowledge of the methods involved in taking and classifying fingerprints 
of persons for identification purposes. 

Knowledge of interviewing and photographing persons for investigations 
and identifications. 

Knowledge of the procedures used in ballistic testing and of the proper 
methods and procedures for gathering and preserving evidence. 

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

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

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

Ability to coordinate and provide needed law enforcement protection 
at assigned locations.  

Ability to organize law enforcement 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 personnel on 
duty all or part of the assigned tour of 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 agency objectives are achieved.

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

Ability to understand, remember and carry out oral and written instructions.

Ability to learn quickly from observation, oral and written explanations, 
and from demonstrations.

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

Ability to establish and maintain helpful and cooperative relations 
with civic and business organizations, school officials, recreation and 
other community groups, judicial personnel, law enforcement in other 
jurisdictions, and others interested in the maintenance of law and order. 

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

Ability to perform varied investigation work.

Ability to serve warrants and processes.

Ability to maintain custody of prisoners and detainees.

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

Ability to analyze identification problems.

Ability to make the best use of available personnel and facilities in 
carrying on law enforcement work.

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 lift and move heavy objects.

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 and to keep and direct the keeping 
of needed public safety records and files. 

Ability to prepare reports and keep records.

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

Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the 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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03700LC 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.

2/01/2012