SHERIFF'S OFFICER SERGEANT
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
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
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
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
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
Graduation from High School or Vocational High School or possession
of an approved High School Equivalency Certificate.
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.
Not less than 18 years of age at the announced closing date for filing
applications for the examination.
United States Citizenship.
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
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 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
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
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
Ability to detect, apprehend, and place proper charges against
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
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
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
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
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.