The Police Sergeant is a sworn, commissioned University Special Police Officer, serving as a personnel and/or function supervisor in the Department of Public Safety. He/she supervises police officers that provide daily law enforcement services to the campus community. The Police Sergeant conducts aspects of assigned functions within the Department, such as police operations, investigations, property and evidence, training, crime prevention, victim assistance, special events and records management. The incumbent coordinates scheduling, work assignments and performance management. The Police Sergeant reviews and approves daily incident reports and coordinates incident response to emergencies on campus.
Bachelor’s degree is required.
Three (3) years related experience with demonstrated supervisory experience or a combination of education and experience which demonstrates the necessary skills and abilities required for the position
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse population
Must have demonstrated experience following and implementing policies and procedures
Must be able to quickly evaluate critical situations and determine the appropriate response, as demonstrated through past law enforcement experience
Demonstrated experience in the utilization of modern law enforcement supervisory strategies, operational and investigative techniques, and technological tools
Be able to possess and maintain a University Special Police Officer Commission or equivalent; successful completion of medical and psychiatric examinations; successful completion of initial, annual and random drug screens; possess and maintain a current driver’s license; successfully obtain the University’s approval to drive University vehicles
Must be able to maintain and possess certification from a recognized law enforcement training academy or the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area Campus Public Safety Institute
Must be able to maintain and possess all certifications that are required for uniformed officers
Must have comprehensive knowledge of the laws of arrest, search, and seizure
Prior experience as a sworn, uniformed supervisor in a law enforcement agency
Prior experience in a university policing environment
Comprehensive knowledge of community policing techniques (obtained via experience, education, and training), especially as it pertains to the university environment
Knowledge of criminal law and procedure of the District of Columbia
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