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Administrative & Staff Job Classifications

Class Specification Title: Police Sergeant

Series: Public Safety – Police Officer

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The Police Sergeant is the fourth level of a six-level public safety – police officer series.  Incumbents perform commission law enforcement supervisory duties of an assigned shift or section through monitoring and evaluating employees and participating in police officer field duty activities.  The Police Sergeant is distinguished  from the Police Corporal by its shift or section supervisory responsibilities.  The Police Sergeant is distinguished for the Police Commander which has secondary management and supervisory level duties.


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

  1. Supervise staff to include: prioritize and assign work: conduct performance evaluations: ensuring staff are trained: and make hire, termination and disciplinary recommendations Daily 15%
  2. Prepare work schedules to cover shifts; conduct briefing sessions for assigned shift.  Daily 15%
  3. Communicate to staff changes in department and college processes and procedures.  Daily 15%
  4. Manage evidence, property storage and department inventories. Daily 10%
  5. Provide professional development and training to Officers in the field.  Develop, manage and train Officers in the field and complete documents  Daily  10%
  6. Participate in patrol duties and crime investigations; participates in proactive public relations with students, the general public and employees.  Daily 10%
  7. Respond to emergencies, complaints and question; analyze situation and recommend action to be taken. Daily 10%
  8. Conduct internal investigations. Monthly 10%
  9. Coordinate, attend and participate in special college and community events.  Monthly 5%
  10. Perform other duties of a similar nature or level. As required


Not Applicable.

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):
Associate's Degree in a related field and three years as a police officer and lead experience or coursework in supervision; 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
  • Arizona Peace Officer Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) certified
  • Minimum age 21
  • Must be a U. S. citizen

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):
Knowledge of:

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

Skills (position requirements at entry):
Skill in:

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

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, 3/10, 1/2013