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Job Specification


 Under supervision of the Chief or Deputy Chief of Police during
 an assigned tour of duty, has charge of subordinates engaged in
 activities intended to provide assistance and protection for persons,
 safeguard property, assure observance of the laws, and apprehend
 lawbreakers; does related work as required.
 Assigns subordinates to their posts and supervises them in the
 prevention of crime, the protection of life and property, and the
 enforcement of laws.

 Disciplines subordinates for neglect of duty.

 Assigns subordinates to duty at public gatherings.

 Has charge of a police station.

 Is responsible for seeing that any problems that arise are handled

 Prepares reports and keeps records.

 Supervises the cleaning and maintenance of headquarters.

 When not needed at the headquarters office, patrols area to
 observe subordinates on duty and to assist in police activities.

 Reviews arrest books, police blotter, rounds books, and property
 books daily.

 Reviews evidence in cases and the marking of same and supervises
 the preparation of reports.

 Has responsibility for the safeguarding of prisoners.

 Inspects police equipment, materials, and supplies.

 Supervises the establishment and maintenance of needed records 
 and files.

 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 supervisory police experience involving the
 providing of assistance and protection of persons, the safeguarding 
 of property, the observance of the law, and the apprehension of

 Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

 Must be a citizen of the United States.

 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 the 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. Failure
 to demonstrate sufficient capacity to perform the duties of this
 position may be cause for rejection.

 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 the essential duties 
 of the position.


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

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

 Knowledge of the problems and procedures involved in working
 out the internal organization and formulating rules and regulations 
 for the police department.

 Knowledge of the methods likely to be useful in providing
 citizens and others with proper police information, service, 
 and protection.

 Knowledge of the methods useful in getting people,
 individually and in groups, to conform to legal and social

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

 Knowledge of the methods of detecting, apprehending, placing
 charges against, safeguarding, and prosecuting of lawbreakers.

 Knowledge of providing police protection at places and times
 when needed, and of the measures likely to be useful in dealing 
 with juveniles in such a manner as to enlist their support and 
 minimize the types of behavior that lead to juvenile delinquency.

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

 Ability to organize the local police work in such a manner as
 to provide needed service and protection.

 Ability to formulate police rules and regulations.

 Ability to obtain and make effective use of needed funds,
 personnel, equipment, and quarters.

 Ability to give suitable assignments and instruction to members 
 of the police department, provide them with needed advice and
 assistance when difficult and unusual problems 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 take the lead in establishing and maintaining helpful 
 and cooperative relationships with individuals and groups
 interested in the maintenance of law and order.

 Ability to see that members of the force treat citizens and others 
 with uniform courtesy and consideration and provide them with
 proper information and police services.

 Ability to provide police officers direction and assistance
 necessary to assure the orderly handling of traffic.

 Ability to supervise activities necessary in keeping good
 order at places where people assemble in large numbers.

 Ability to see that children are provided with the assistance
 and protection they need.

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

 Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of clear,
 sound, accurate, and informative reports and to direct the
 establishment and maintenance of needed police records 
 and files.

 Ability to learn 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, or 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:
Local or
Class of
02718LC N/A24-

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.