First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+2.8% (slower than the average)


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

Lieutenant / Assistant Chief of Police ,

City of Coachella Police Department

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.

Chief of Police ,

Sacramento Police Department

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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