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33-1012.00 - First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives


Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.


Key Facts
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Bright Outlook
Career Details
Green Job
Career Details
Current Employment
108,100
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Forecasted Employment
112,700
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Change in Employment
+4,500
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Change in Employment %
+4.2%
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Tasks
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Tasks
The tasks listed below can be performed to prepare you for a career in this field.
Core
  • Explain police operations to subordinates to assist them in performing their job duties.
  • Inform personnel of changes in regulations and policies, implications of new or amended laws, and new techniques of police work.
  • Supervise and coordinate the investigation of criminal cases, offering guidance and expertise to investigators, and ensuring that procedures are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Investigate and resolve personnel problems within organization and charges of misconduct against staff.
  • Train staff in proper police work procedures.
  • Maintain logs, prepare reports, and direct the preparation, handling, and maintenance of departmental records.
  • Monitor and evaluate the job performance of subordinates, and authorize promotions and transfers.
  • Direct collection, preparation, and handling of evidence and personal property of prisoners.
  • Develop, implement, and revise departmental policies and procedures.
  • Conduct raids and order detention of witnesses and suspects for questioning.
  • Prepare work schedules and assign duties to subordinates.
  • Discipline staff for violation of department rules and regulations.
  • Cooperate with court personnel and officials from other law enforcement agencies and testify in court, as necessary.
  • Review contents of written orders to ensure adherence to legal requirements.
  • Inspect facilities, supplies, vehicles, and equipment to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Prepare news releases and respond to police correspondence.
  • Requisition and issue equipment and supplies.
  • Meet with civic, educational, and community groups to develop community programs and events, and to discuss law enforcement subjects.
Supplemental
  • Direct release or transfer of prisoners.
  • Prepare budgets and manage expenditures of department funds.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Knowledge
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Knowledge

The items listed below are organized into sections that contain knowledge useful for pursuing a career in this field. Each section also contains a "Percentage of Importance" statistic that shows how relevant an item is to the occupation.
 Law and Government
  • 97%
    Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
 Public Safety and Security
  • 95%
    Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 English Language
  • 81%
    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 Psychology
  • 81%
    Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 Administration and Management
  • 80%
    Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 Customer and Personal Service
  • 80%
    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 Personnel and Human Resources
  • 74%
    Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
 Education and Training
  • 74%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 Sociology and Anthropology
  • 64%
    Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 Telecommunications
  • 64%
    Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
 Clerical
  • 63%
    Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
 Computers and Electronics
  • 62%
    Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 Communications and Media
  • 62%
    Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 Therapy and Counseling
  • 58%
    Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
 Transportation
  • 54%
    Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
 Mathematics
  • 53%
    Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Tools
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Tools
The tools listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Pyrotechnics
  • Road flares
 Safety and rescue vehicles
  • Police motorcycles
  • Police patrol cars
 Measuring and layout tools
  • Crime scene tape measures
 Dispensing tools
  • Pepper spray
 Emergency medical services resuscitation products
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
 Personal communication devices
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Base station radios
  • Two way radios
 Computers
  • Laptop computers
  • Mobile data computers
  • Desktop computers
  • Personal computers
 Computer data input devices
  • Fingerprint scanners
 Teletype equipment
  • Teletype terminals
 Cameras
  • 35 millimeter cameras
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital video cameras
 Firearms
  • Police shotguns
  • Police rifles
  • Semiautomatic handguns
  • Semiautomatic pistols
  • Service revolvers
 Crowd control equipment
  • Riot shields
  • Body armor
  • Side-handle batons
 Security and control equipment
  • Metal handcuffs
  • Plastic handcuffs
  • Nightsticks
  • Breathalyzers
  • Explosive detectors
  • Drug testing kits
 Forensic equipment and supplies and accessories
  • Fingerprint evidence kits
  • Suspect fingerprinting equipment
 Traffic control
  • Remote traffic signal controllers
 Safety apparel
  • Bulletproof vests
  • Biohazard suits
 Fire fighting equipment
  • Multipurpose fire extinguishers
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Technology
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Technology
The technologies listed below include machines, equipment, tools, and software that is useful for individuals who are interested in this career.
 Business function specific software
  • Computer aided dispatch software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft OfficeHOT
 Content authoring and editing software
  • Computer aided composite drawing software
  • DesignWare 3D EyeWitness
  • Microsoft VisioHOT
  • SmartDraw.com SmartDraw Legal
  • The CAD Zone The Crime Zone
  • Microsoft WordHOT
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft PowerPointHOT
  • Scheduling software
  • Microsoft ExcelHOT
 Data management and query software
  • Data entry softwareHOT
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • Law enforcement information databases
  • Microsoft AccessHOT
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
  • National Integrated Ballistics Information Network NIBIN
  • Spillman Technologies Records Management
 Development software
  • Microsoft Active Server Pages ASPHOT
 Network applications software
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
 Information exchange software
  • Email software
  • Crime mapping software
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Certifications
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Certifications
The certifications listed below are useful to pursue if you are interested in a career in this field.
All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Licensing
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Licensing
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All data sourced from US Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration O*Net Database.
Related Programs
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Blue Ridge Community College
Brightpoint Community College
Central Virginia Community College
Danville Community College
Eastern Shore Community College
Germanna Community College
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College
Laurel Ridge Community College
Mountain Empire Community College
Mountain Gateway Community College
New River Community College
Northern Virginia Community College
Patrick & Henry Community College
Paul D. Camp Community College
Piedmont Virginia Community College
Rappahannock Community College
Southside Virginia Community College
Southwest Virginia Community College
Tidewater Community College
Virginia Highlands Community College
Virginia Peninsula Community College
Virginia Western Community College
Wytheville Community College
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Police Sergeant Harvard University Mon, 19 Sep 2022 18:51:53 GMT | 5 days ago Cambridge, MA Sergeants are first-line supervisors with primary responsibility for ensuring compliance with the professional and ethical standards of the Department by all…
Police Officer (Current Academy Attendees and Graduates) City of Petaluma Tue, 10 Mar 2020 23:47:46 GMT | 2 years ago Petaluma, CA It is further distinguished from the Police Sergeant class in that the latter is a first-line supervisor responsible for assigned officers and other support…
Police Sergeant Oregon State University Thu, 01 Sep 2022 20:23:39 GMT | 22 days ago Corvallis, OR 97331 Five-years of experience as a certified police officer and a minimum of one year of experience as a first level or higher police supervisory position AND.
Police Officer - Academy Graduate City of Manhattan Beach, CA Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:02:34 GMT | 30+ days ago Manhattan Beach, CA The Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant, who serves as the first line supervisor, and has responsibility for the development, coordination,…
Police Officer - Lateral Transfer City of Roseville, MN Tue, 08 Feb 2022 18:40:42 GMT | 7 months ago Roseville, MN 55113 This position functions as the City’s first line of contact with the public regarding Police calls for service. This position is classified as entry-level.
Sergeant California State University Thu, 23 Jun 2022 23:40:34 GMT | 30+ days ago San Francisco, CA General knowledge of crime prevention, first aid and CPR. Immediately report to supervisor the loss or expiration of same. Valid California driver’s license.
Police Officer Academy Graduate City Of Placentia Wed, 07 Oct 2020 05:34:12 GMT | 23 months ago Placentia, CA The Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant, which serves as a first-line supervisor, and has responsibility for the development, coordination,…
Sergeant (Sergeant) - University Police Department San Francisco State University Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:19:17 GMT | 30+ days ago San Francisco, CA 94132 General knowledge of crime prevention, first aid and CPR. Immediately report to supervisor the loss or expiration of same. Valid California driver’s license.
Police Officer Lateral City Of Placentia Wed, 07 Oct 2020 05:34:08 GMT | 23 months ago Placentia, CA The Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant, which serves as a first-line supervisor, and has responsibility for the development, coordination,…
Police Officer - Academy Graduate City of Manhattan Beach Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:39:09 GMT | 30+ days ago Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Distinguishing Characteristics: The Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant, who serves as the first line supervisor, and has responsibility…
POLICE SERGEANT- INVESTIGATIONS City of Brookfield Fri, 02 Sep 2022 17:37:09 GMT | 22 days ago Brookfield, WI 53005 PURPOSE: The Police Sergeant-Investigations maintains an assigned caseload in conjunction with being the first-line supervisor of the investigations division.
Police Officer - Lateral City of Buena Park Tue, 15 Mar 2022 23:38:26 GMT | 6 months ago Boulevard, CA Successful completion of the police academy. DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS The Police Officer is distinguished from the Police Sergeant, which serves as a…
Police Sergeant City of Arvin Thu, 27 May 2021 06:01:21 GMT | 16 months ago Arvin, CA 93203 This classification is distinguished from the police officer classification in that the former is a first line supervisor with on-going supervisory…
Police Officer Lateral City of San Marino Tue, 15 Sep 2020 05:25:40 GMT | 2 years ago San Marino, CA 91108 Standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system. Learn standard broadcasting procedures of a police radio system.
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