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Job Specification

 Under direction, serves as second in command of a division, or as
 a supervisor of a specialized bureau or section in a police
 department; 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.
 May formulate police rules and regulations.

 May plan police work so as to make the best use of available
 funds, personnel, equipment, and supplies.

 Gives assignments and instructions to police officers and
 supervises their work.

 May be assigned as second in command of the patrol division,
 traffic division, detective division, command post, or as
 supervisor of the bureau of traffic and signals or personnel

 Supervises and directs the activities of all subordinates.

 Enforces compliance with orders issued by superiors.

 Ensures that the work of the department is performed in accord
 with established rules, regulations, and procedures.

 Is responsible for maintaining the efficiency, discipline,
 attitude, and morale of the staff under his/her command.

 Conducts continuing inspections of personnel, performance, and

 Assumes the superiors duties, responsibilities, and authority in
 the absence of the deputy police chief or police chief.

 Takes a leading part in establishing and maintaining helpful and
 cooperative relations with civic and business organizations,
 school and court officers, recreation and other groups, police
 authorities in other jurisdictions, and others interested in the
 maintenance of law and order.

 Gives testimony in court and prepares and supervises the
 preparation of reports.

 Directs the establishment and maintenance of records and files.

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



 Graduation from High School or Vocational High Sschool, or 
 possession of an approved high school equivalent certificate.


 Not less than 18 nor more than 35 years of age, at the
 announced closing date for filing applications for the position.
 In determining maximum age eligibility of veterans, the time
 spent in active military service during the periods specified in
 the Department of Personnel Law and Rules will be deducted 
 from the attained age.

 NOTE:  When an applicant has reached his 35th birthday, 
 he is considered to be over 35 years old. Age limits are based on 
 the announced closing date for filing Department of Personnel


 Four (4) years of experience, three (3) of which  shall have been 
 in a supervisory capacity, involving the providing of assistance 
 and protection of persons, the safeguarding of property, the 
 observance of the law, and the apprehension of lawbreakers.


 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.

 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 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.

 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 devices useful in getting people, individually
 and in groups, to conform to legal and social requirements.

 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 lawbreakers.

 Knowledge of providing police protection at places and times 
 when needed, and 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 services and protection.

 Ability to formulate needed police rules and regulations.

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

 Ability to give assignments and instructions to members of the
 police department, provide them with 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 ensure the orderly handling of traffic.

 Ability to supervise the investigation and disposition of

 Ability to direct police 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 police 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 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
02725LC N/A32-

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.