I am responsible for planning, scheduling, and coordinating the activities of the Police Department. I also supervise and/or manage subordinate supervisors, officers, and civilians on field and staff operations. Essentially, I am one of the frontlines of command; I pass orders from the top levels of command to the Police Sergeants, who in turn relay those orders to the Police Officers and Detectives down the line.
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
Salary Median (2020)
Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)
+2.8% (slower than the average)
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What First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives Do
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
Other Job Titles First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives May Have
Police Captain, Shift Supervisor
How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work
I oversee a police department of over 1,000 officers.
Tasks & Responsibilities May Include
- 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.
- Explain police operations to subordinates to assist them in performing their job duties.
- Train staff in proper police work procedures.
- Investigate and resolve personnel problems within organization and charges of misconduct against staff.
- Inform personnel of changes in regulations and policies, implications of new or amended laws, and new techniques of police work.
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