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CLASS SPECIFICATION POLICE SERGEANT SALARY RANGE FLSA STATUS REVISED POSITION DESCRIPTION Function: Under direct supervision, responsible for operations with the assigned community area consistent with the goals of Olympia Police Department. Essential Function: The information contained in this classification specification is a representative sample of essential and other functions performed in this classification. Specific essential functions are identified for position recruitment or other administrative procedures. Examples of Duties: (Duties will vary by assignment area.) Responsible for the operations and activities of the assigned community area, including assessing and analyzing area needs; program coordination and implementation; case follow-up; investigation of complaints; and assisting with supervision/training of Patrol Officers. Assess and analyze community needs, including crime trends, public safety needs, crime prevention, education, and citizen satisfaction. Develop and coordinate programs implemented to address specific areas and/or problems. Coordinate programs with specialty units when necessary. Manage case follow-up including investigating citizen complaints and crime victim services. Coordinate Speakers Bureau in assigned area, including selection, training, scheduling, and quality control. Instruct D.A.R.E. classes. Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with area schools. Develop and coordinate in-service training for Patrol Officers. Supervise Patrol Officers in conducting crime prevention activities. Issue equipment and conduct orientation for Police Officer Recruits. Assist in budget development. Responsible for developing and releasing information to the press as assigned. Provide full supervision for Patrol Officers, including monitoring field activities; providing direction, feedback and recognition as appropriate; and assisting in formal performance reviews. May assume Lieutenant duties, including full shift responsibilities. Contacts: Police Sergeants have frequent contact with the general public, other Police Department employees, Municipal Court staff, law enforcement officers from other jurisdictions, and persons suspected or convicted of crimes. Contacts with the general public are usually for the purpose of information-sharing/gathering. Contacts with OPD employees, Court staff, and other law enforcement agency staff are generally for the purpose of case coordination. Contacts with suspects and prisoners are negative by nature and require sensitivity, alertness, interpersonal skill, and the technical knowledge to deal with physical force when necessary. Contacts with the general public and other groups require the employee to present a professional, law-abiding image on and off duty as a representative of law enforcement and the City of Olympia. Police Sergeants must be able to use tact and discretion, exercise independent judgement, and maintain confidentiality in a variety of routine, emergency or dangerous situations. Supervision: Some Sergeants will be assigned to serve in a lead capacity in the field with direct responsibility for the actions of Patrol Officers. Sergeants with those responsibilities will also assist in the evaluation and assessment of assigned officers. Some Sergeants will routinely be responsible for full shift operations. Accountability: Sergeants are accountable for ensuring law enforcement activities are effectively carried out in the assigned area according to departmental policies and guidelines. 065 COVERED 10/00

POLICE SERGEANT Page 2 Working Conditions: Sergeants may be exposed to physical and verbal abuse in circumstances requiring the exercise of considerable self-control. Police field work occasionally requires physical exertion, and exposure to inclement weather, safety hazards and life threatening situations. Most assignments require shift work. QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: • • • • • • • • • • • • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police work and the laws governing arrest, custody of prisoners, search and seizure, and rules of evidence. Knowledge of patrol procedures, criminal investigation techniques, criminal identification and records management. Knowledge of court rules and procedures. Knowledge of basic personnel management, including performance evaluation techniques. Skill in directing field employees and ensuring compliance with the Department's policies and procedures. Ability to manage wide ranging situations with tact, discretion, courtesy, and respect for citizen's rights. Ability to prepare written reports in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and legible manner. Ability to give and follow verbal and written instructions according to current Department policies and procedures. Ability to speak effectively to individuals and groups. Ability to maintain composure and take responsible action during stressful or dangerous situations. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with public and law enforcement officials, general public, and other employees. Ability to use and maintain firearms.

Education/Experience: (EFFECTIVE 10/1/2000) Three years progressively responsible commissioned law enforcement experience as a Police Officer with the Olympia Police Department, and either 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college-level course credit required. Education/Experience: (EFFECTIVE 7/1/2003) Three years progressively responsible commissioned law enforcement experience as a Police Officer with the Olympia Police Department and an Associate of Arts degree or either 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of college-level course credit required.
Special Requirements: A valid Washington State Drivers' License is required. Police Sergeants must possess a degree