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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Police Commander

Series: Public Safety – Police Officer

Levels in series: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4| 5










The Police Commander is the fifth level in a five level public safety - police officer series. Incumbents perform full performance commission law enforcement management duties in managing a functional area within the public safety department, prioritizing and assigning work, coordinating internal activities with the community and external agencies, developing community service events, preparing correspondence and community reports, developing collaborative efforts and meeting with public officials. The Police Commander may be required and/or delegated to assume full responsibility of the department in the absence of the Chief of Public Safety.  The Police Commander is distinguished from the Chief of Public Safety which has full responsibility for the department.


These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.

  1. Supervising staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; and making hiring, termination and disciplinary recommendations.  Daily  20%
  2. Responding to questions and concerns from administration, staff, students and the general public.  Daily 15%
  3. Responding to emergencies and deploying appropriate resources.  Daily  10%
  4. Assisting with developing and enforcing department policies and procedures.  Daily 10%
  5. Preparing and reviewing police reports, records, inspections, press releases, security notices and other documents.  Daily  10%
  6. Coordinating and communicating public safety activities, trainings, changes to processes and procedures, College-wide and with external agencies.  Daily 10%
  7. Supervising and participating in special or highly sensitive investigations. Weekly   5%
  8. Assisting with developing and administering the department budget.  Weekly  5%
  9. Prepares and conducts safety training for college employees.  Monthly 10%
  10. May represent the College Department of Public Safety to other agencies and the media.  Monthly 5%
  11. Performing other duties of a similar nature or level.  As required.


  • Not applicable.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):
Bachelor's Degree in a related field and three years’ experience as a police supervisor at the level of a Sergeant or above; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licensing/Certification Requirements for some positions in this class may require:

  • Current Arizona Driver's License
  • Peace Officer Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) Certified

Knowledge of (position requirements at entry):

  • Supervisory principles
  • Managerial principles
  • Customer service practices
  • Budgeting principles
  • Advanced law enforcement principles and procedures
  • Homeland security and  organizational safety practices
  • Law enforcement administration
  • Applicable laws, rules and regulations
  • Evidence preservation and practices
  • Defensive tactics
  • Firearm usage and justification
  • First aid principles

Skills in (position requirements at entry):

  • Monitoring and evaluating employees
  • Prioritizing and assigning work
  • Resolving conflict
  • Balancing multiple priorities
  • Maintaining budgets
  • Training employees
  • Public speaking
  • Conducting highly sensitive investigations
  • Interpreting and applying laws, rules and regulations
  • Analyzing complex and stressful situations
  • Using firearms
  • Using defensive tactics
  • Conducting interviews and interrogations
  • Maintaining personal control
  • Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work directions

Physical Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Very Heavy Work:  Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Incumbents may be subjected to chemicals, vibrations, fumes, odors, inadequate lighting, work space restrictions, intense noises and travel.

NOTE: The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.

Classification History:
Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC (DJG/LM)
Date: 03/01
Revised by Human Resources: 01/05, 08/10, 1/2013