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Job Specification


Under direction, develops plans for and makes changes in staff 
assignment and in organization of work for assigned organizational 
components such as maintaining order and security in assigned areas 
or buildings, serving court processes, criminal identification, ballistics,
forensics, apprehension of violators of the law, patrol, training, motor
vehicle accident investigation, and criminal investigations to achieve 
more effective operations within allowable guidelines and policies 
established by higher levels of supervision; establishes performance 
standards for subordinates; prepares and issues internal operating 
instructions and procedures for the  organizational component for 
which responsible; makes independent decisions on problems which 
occur during normal course of work; does other related assignments 
and 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.


Supervises, evaluates, trains and provides guidance to subordinate 
personnel; may perform all tasks assigned to a Sheriff's Officer.

Is responsible for maintaining efficiency, discipline, and morale of 
personnel in organizational components.

Develops and establishes work procedures to ensure efficiency in 

Issues assignments to personnel, and reviews accomplished work 
to ensure objectives are being met.

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.

Establishes and maintains work schedules to ensure proper 
utilization of personnel.

Clarifies established policy and procedures for subordinate 
personnel to ensure conformity with policy, procedures, and 
work assignments.

May prepare preliminary budget proposals. 

May plan, direct, and coordinate activities of an organizational 
component engaged in providing security and maintaining order 
within individual courtrooms, throughout the court house, or other 
assigned areas or buildings.
May supervise the detention and transportation of persons in custody.

May supervise communication and dispatch functions.

May supervise emergency management functions.

May be assigned to duty with various inter-agency or shared 
services operations or organizations.

May plan and supervise activities of subordinate personnel 
engaged in serving legal papers and executing directives of the court.

May plan, direct, and coordinate work of staff engaged in collecting, 
analyzing, and classifying fingerprints and photographing of criminals, 
suspects, and evidence.

May plan, coordinate, and supervise exchange of criminal records 
and information between the office and local, state, and federal law 
enforcement agencies through use of a variety of communication 
techniques and equipment.

Analyzes work performance of assigned organizational component 
and takes appropriate steps to improve their performance.

Supervises personnel in preparation of activity and statistical reports.

Supervises, works with, and coordinates activities of personnel 
involved in entering, retrieving, and providing information about 
persons and vehicles to law enforcement agencies through the 
use of a computer terminal or other device or system.

May plan and direct work of personnel engaged in examining and 
testing firearms, spent bullets, and related evidence in criminal 
cases to develop facts useful in apprehension and prosecution of 

May supervise, work with, and coordinate activities of subordinate 
personnel in the investigation of suspected criminal activities or 
other special investigations and directs preparation of reports of 

May evaluate reports on undercover operations, determine 
priorities, and assign personnel to cases.

May supervise personnel in obtaining court orders and oversee 
procedures involved with arrests, fingerprinting, and filing of charges 
against suspects.

May assist subordinates in operations such as surveillance, raids 
and arrests.

Plans, supervises, and coordinates work of subordinate organizational 
component activities in cases of civil unrest or emergency to coordinate 
deployment of manpower and weapons, search and rescue units, 
and/or special or tactical units.

May conduct disciplinary hearings in cases of alleged misconduct of 

May speak before education, community and/or professional groups 
on various law enforcement and/or public safety topics.

May supervise and work with personnel involved in care, custody, 
and security of prisoners while being transported to various locations.

May plan and coordinate activities of personnel engaged in handling 
police dogs used for various law enforcement activities.
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 organizational components.



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; ballistic 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, one (1) year of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.


Not less than 18 years of age at the announced closing date for filing 
application 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 
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 the duties of the position, cause 
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 of court practices and procedures and of techniques
useful in maintaining order and security in the courtroom.

Knowledge of methods likely to be effective in dealing with various 
types of people.

Knowledge of behavior of people.

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

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

Knowledge of procedures used in interviewing and photographing 
persons for investigations and identifications.

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

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

Ability to organize work. 

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 read, analyze, interpret, apply, and conform to laws, 
rules, and regulations relating to service of writs, legal documents, 
and papers.

Ability to supervise the investigation of criminal activities and 
apprehend violators of the law.

Ability to formulate procedural rules and regulations for organizational 
component being supervised.

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 provide needed law enforcement protection.

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 understand, remember and carry out oral and written instructions.

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

Ability to take and maintain a firm and correct stand when controversial 
matters arise.

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 personnel 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 investigative 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 out 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.

Ability to supervise establishment and maintenance of records and files.

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 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 
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of
03699LC N/A22-

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.