|FLSA Designation: Non-Exempt
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties
performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties
performed within the job.
Under direction of a Police Lieutenant and/or the Police Chief, supervises, assigns,
reviews, and participates in the work of law enforcement staff involved in the protection
of public health, safety, and welfare and the enforcement of applicable federal, state, and
local laws; assumes responsibility for assigned collateral services, special programs,
projects, or department-wide functions or activities; coordinates activities with other
divisions, units, watches, City departments, outside agencies, organizations and the
public; and performs a variety of administrative and technical tasks relative to assigned
area of responsibility.
The Police Sergeant is a supervisory class responsible for performing administrative,
supervisory, and technical duties in leading program level functions within the department.
Employees in this class command an assigned patrol watch or program unit, and provide
leadership for ongoing crime prevention, investigative, and administrative activities. This
classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Police Officer by the
performance of supervisory responsibilities and by the level of technical and professional
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of
the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from
those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Assumes supervisory responsibility for activities, operations, and services of an
assigned program area including patrol shifts, training, reserves, task forces,
administration, and community relations; may assume responsibility for assigned collateral
functions and supervise and participate in special programs and special assignments
including traffic, detective, general training, field training, K-9 units, grant programs,
juvenile diversion, and departmental recruitment.
- Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of sworn law enforcement
staff providing a wide range of patrol, investigative, and other law enforcement
activities; supervises non-sworn staff in dispatch, records, parking enforcement, property
and evidence room, and other functions as assigned.
- Receives, prioritizes, and coordinates response to complaints, emergency situations,
and investigations; supervises and coordinates the allocation of assigned personnel and
equipment in response to calls for service, case investigations, and administrative
- Reviews and monitors work of assigned staff; monitors work activities to ensure safe
work practices, quality, and accuracy; ensures compliance with applicable policies and
procedures; works directly with sworn and non-sworn personnel in the interpretation of City
and department policies; reviews police reports; spot checks staff work in the field and
interviews citizens to see how calls were handled.
- Coordinates activities with other shifts, units, City departments, outside agencies,
organizations, and the public.
- Inspects departmental equipment and ensures that deficiencies are corrected.
- Trains and evaluates assigned personnel; provides training, guidance, and counseling to
assigned personnel; completes employee performance evaluations and reviews as required;
promotes career development of subordinates.
- Responds to major crimes, accident scenes, and emergencies; assumes initial command;
establishes field command posts and implements the Incident Command and the Standardized
Emergency Management Systems.
- Provides a full range of administrative support to management staff; conducts a variety
of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends
modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; prepares departmental
policies and procedures; assists in the development of new and revised City ordinances
pertaining to the law enforcement services and activities; prepares and presents staff
reports and other necessary correspondence.
- Participates in shift activities as necessary including enforcing local and state laws;
may issue citations, make arrests, and transport prisoners.
- May supervise and personally conduct complete and detailed investigations of a general
and specialized nature; coordinates investigations including those involving several
officers, units and divisions; oversees and participates in undercover and surveillance
operations; reviews all investigation reports and make recommendations and suggestions to
- May assume responsibility for monitoring and scheduling training for department
personnel; determines training requirements for assignments and schedules training for
- May assume responsibility for the hiring process for all new employees; reviews
applications, selects qualified applicants, and coordinates interviews; schedules
appointments and testing for applicants; reviews information obtained on applicant and
determines if applicant qualifies for position applied for; submits
recommendations/findings for approval.
- Responds to difficult inquiries and complaints including citizen complaints; represents
the department with other law enforcement services and allied agencies, other City
departments, schools, civic groups and the public.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job
and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the
Operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive municipal law enforcement program.
Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.
Principles and practices of program development, administration, and evaluation.
Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations including laws governing
the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons accused of felonies, misdemeanors, and
Modern methods, procedures, and techniques used in providing the full range of law
enforcement and crime prevention services and activities including investigation and
identification, patrol, traffic control, juvenile programs, record keeping, records
management, automated records systems, search and seizure, care and custody of persons and
property, and crime prevention.
Care, maintenance, and operation of firearms and other modern police equipment.
Principles and practices of data collection and analysis.
Methods and techniques of report preparation and writing.
English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
Principles and practices used in the identification, preservation, and presentation of
Techniques and applications of self defense and proper use of force.
Methods and techniques used in interviewing witnesses, victims, or suspects.
Investigative techniques, procedures, and sources of information.
Principles and applications of public relations.
Geography of the local area.
Standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software
applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Supervise, organize, and review the work of lower level staff.
Train, and evaluate staff.
Analyze complex law enforcement issues, evaluate alternatives and reach sound conclusions.
Make adjustments to standard operating procedures as necessary to improve organizational
Facilitate group participation and consensus building.
Understand, interpret, apply, enforce, and make decisions in accordance with applicable
federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
Interpret and explain law enforcement policies and procedures.
Gather, analyze, and evaluate facts and evidence and reach sound conclusions.
Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
Effectively use and qualify with law enforcement tools and weapons including firearms,
batons, defensive tactics, and other safety equipment.
Operate specialized law enforcement equipment including specialized police vehicles,
radios, video systems, and radars.
Judge situations/people accurately.
Think clearly and act quickly in a variety of situations.
Conduct a variety of criminal and special investigations.
Gather, assemble, analyze, evaluate, and use facts and evidence.
Interview victims, complainants, witnesses, and suspects.
Accurately observe and remember names, faces, numbers, incidents, and places.
Control violent people and affect arrests.
Administer first aid.
Prepare clear and concise reports and routine correspondence.
Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to requests and
inquiries from the general public.
Meet standards for physical endurance, agility, health, and vision.
Work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, holidays and varied shifts.
Understand and carry out oral and written directions.
Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet,
and database applications.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience
that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way
to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university with major
course work in criminal justice, police science, business or public administration, or
Eighteen or more months as a Police Officer with the City of Brentwood and three or more
years experience as a peace officer.
License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid driver’s license.
Possession of a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate.
Qualify for a P.O.S.T. Supervisory certificate two years after appointment.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to
successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be
made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Environment: Reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping
environments with travel from site to site; the employee is regularly exposed to outside
weather conditions; occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic
chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and
vibration; exposed to potentially hostile environments; extensive public contact; the noise
level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level is occasionally
very loud due to sirens, firearm training, etc.; incumbents required to work various
shifts, including evenings and weekends.
Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a law
enforcement setting; an office setting; restrain or subdue individuals; walk, stand, sit,
or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and
twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to
moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; occasionally lift
and/or move heavy weights; operate office equipment including use of computer keyboard;
requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability
to speak and hear to exchange information; ability to operate a vehicle to travel to
various locations; ability to operate and use specialized law enforcement tools and
equipment including guns and handcuffs; and to verbally communicate to exchange
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.