Police Sergeant
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Police Sergeant
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
DEFINITION:
Under general supervision, supervises police officers in field operations; supervises and personally performs investigation duties; operates the telephone system; operates the data inquiry computer; answers complaints; assists with crime prevention; completes routine police reports; performs public service tasks.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, FEATURES, REQUIREMENTS:
This is a public service position that requires the working of unusual hours, rotating shifts, and working under inclement weather conditions and stressful situations.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED:
Will be required to supervise police officers, reserve officers, non-sworn employees, explorers, and volunteers. Will receive general or direct supervision form Lieutenants, Captain or Chief.
IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Observers, supervises, instructs, and coordinates police officers in patrol and law enforcement activities; assist and supervises police officers engaged in investigation, including determining causes, gathering evidence, taking photographs, securing statements form witnesses, making arrests and writing reports; insures that police officers are dispatched to the scene of complaints, accidents, and emergency situations, assisting on these calls as required; reviews crime and arrest reports, prepare reports of investigations and presents evidence in court; contacts and apprehension of offenders; answers public inquiries and requests for information; conducts training for police officers and evaluates performance; maintains discipline and insure that department and city-wide policies and procedures are followed.
OTHER JOB-RELATED DUTIES:
Learn and effectively use the department computers for data entry and report preparation. Recognize problems needing to be addressed and be able to propose solutions.
The Foster City Police Department is centered on the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing. There is an expectation that all employees will provide high quality service to the public. As with all employees, the Police Sergeant is expected to make non-enforcement contacts with the community, and to assist the public in solving community problems.
JOB-RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  Criminal laws, laws of evidence, laws of search and seizure, department values, objectives mission and annual goals; team building skills; modern leadership and supervisory techniques; personnel rules and regulations; personnel investigative techniques including Government Code Sec.3300 et seq., city policies, goals and objectives; local, state and federal law and case decisions, police training techniques; modern investigative and reporting techniques; available community resources including mediation, counseling, enforcement and related resources; regulations and rules, and orders of the department; current employee terms and conditions of employment, concepts of municipal/public fiscal management and the basic concepts used in management of municipal enterprise.
Ability to:  Establish goals and objectives of a team, developing and adjusting plans within delegated authority; plan organize and assign schedules for team members to provide required service; make forceful arrests; drive a motor vehicle under normal and emergency conditions safely; hear and understand verbal communications at normal speaking tones via voice, radio and telephone and to verbalize succinctly; develop and present ideas and recommendations orally and in writing; perform public speaking as required; operate and supervise operation of equipment skillfully, safely, and in conformance with applicable laws.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING GUIDELINES:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Successful completion of 60 semester units college work at an accredited institution. Additional college level education and an Intermediate POST certificate are desirable. The education requirements may be met by the possession of an Advanced POST certificate.
Experience:  At least three years of full-time paid experience as a peace officer with a municipal police agency.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to memorize and retain detailed information; ability to listen and effectively act upon many directions and requests simultaneously; ability to learn retain and apply procedural guidelines; work a variety of shifts and hours, including nights, evenings, days, weekends, and holidays on a rotating basis; consistently maintain mental alertness, remain calm, and composed in difficult and emergency circumstances.

Weight proportionate to height and build.

Vision acuity corrected to no less that 20/30 and normal color vision.

Must have no record of felony criminal convictions or misdemeanor convictions which could affect credibility as a witness in a court of law.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
Licenses:  Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, and a good driving record; either be a U.S. citizen or obtain U.S. citizenship within that period of time as prescribed by law.
SALARY:  $7,971 - $9,689 per month

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