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Department:     Police

Pay Grade:       111

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt


The Patrol sergeant is responsible for the first level supervision of officers and civilians under his/her command and is involved in the direction and coordination of a shift of assigned personnel primarily engaged in law enforcement activities. The Sergeant works closely with the employees under their supervision to ensure efficient and effective police performances. The Patrol Sergeant works under the general supervision of the Lieutenant and must meet all requirements, duties, and responsibilities of subordinates under his/her supervision, in order to assist and provide the proper training required.




  • Maintain contact with officers and employees throughout the shift providing the necessary supervision, advice, and assistance.
  • Conduct shift briefings to instruct personnel, assign patrol sectors, notify of special problems or issues, and indicate additional orders through special orders.
  • Ensures all reports, dispatch logs, and other pertinent paperwork are submitted in accordance with department regulations and statutory requirements.
  • Assigns and supervises any follow up activities assigned to officers, to include investigations, projects, or other police activity.
  • Trains all officers under their supervision of any new departmental directives, changes in police procedure, and/or statutory laws.
  • Responds to emergency calls for service and takes command of the scene upon his/her arrival or until relieved by a superior officer.
  • Inspect shift officers for compliance with appropriate dress standards; inspects vehicles and equipment for care and maintenance.
  • Accountable for the actions and omissions of the employees under his/her command.
  • Assist in the provision of basic law enforcement services.
  • Prepare reports, records, files, forms, and other material as required.
  • Builds a positive and team-oriented concept with employees to create and promote a positive work environment.



  • Observe assigned personnel during shift to ascertain work performance; may consult with personnel on difficult or unusual incidents to include disciplinary action if needed.
  • Completes official performance evaluations when directed.
  • Reports to his/her supervisor any serious and/or unusual occurrences that may have occurred.
  • May answer complaints, investigate accidents, make arrests, conduct preliminary investigations, conduct citizen and business contacts, participate in stakeout and surveillance, and patrol assigned areas.
  • Prepares daily reports, incident reports, arrest reports, and accident reports, as required.
  • Authorizes and approves overtime for employees under their supervision.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned by the Chief of Police or his/her designee







Minimum Education and Experience:


  • Two (2) years of experience in law enforcement, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two (2) years of progressive supervision experience preferred.
  • Associate’s degree or two (2) years of college coursework, or prior military leadership position preferred.  
  • Applicant’s personnel file may be reviewed and considered in determining eligibility.
  • Must satisfactorily complete all testing requirements as designated by the Chief of Police
  • Satisfactorily complete a twelve-month probationary period after promotion;


Required Licenses or Certifications:


  • P.O.S.T. Certification
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Georgia for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Possession of GA POST Supervisory certification within one year of appointment


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   


  • Considerable knowledge of modern police practices, techniques, and methods.
  • Thorough knowledge of the controlling laws, ordinances, and court decisions,

particularly those concerning arrests, searches, seizures, and collection of evidence.

  • Thorough knowledge of departmental rules, regulations, and general orders.
  • Ability to speak and write effectively.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to plan and organize the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to advise, instruct, and train subordinates.
  • Strong report writing skills.
  • Thorough knowledge of the department computer system for the purposes of writing
  • reports and researching facts.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding cases and administrative matters.
  • Ability to deal firmly and courteously with subordinates.
  • Thorough knowledge of all duties of a Patrol Officer.
  • Ability to prepare and present effectively oral and written communication and material

      relating to police activities.


Must be able to climb, crouch, kneel, stand and walk. Must be able to push, pull, and reach. Must have hand and arm movement. Must have hearing and visual acuity, mental acuity, and the ability to speak. Must typically perform work while sitting, standing, walking, running, bending, crouching, or stooping.  The employee lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, must be able to distinguish between shades of color, and use physical force necessary to restrain persons.



Work is typically performed in an office, in a vehicle, or outside. The employee is exposed to noise, dust, dirt, machinery with moving parts, infectious or contagious diseases, life-threatening situations, and inclement weather.  The work requires the use of protective devices.



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