First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

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About the Job

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

It is also Called

  • Vehicle Maintenance Unit Commanding Officer
  • Uniform Force Captain
  • Traffic Supervisor
  • Traffic Sergeant
  • Traffic Lieutenant
  • Traffic Division Commanding Officer
  • Suspect Artist Supervisor
  • Special Weapons and Tactics Officer (SWAT Officer)
  • Shift Supervisor
  • Sergeant
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What They Do

  • Prepare budgets and manage expenditures of department funds.
  • Direct release or transfer of prisoners.
  • Requisition and issue equipment and supplies.
  • Prepare news releases and respond to police correspondence.
  • Meet with civic, educational, and community groups to develop community programs and events, and to discuss law enforcement subjects.
  • Develop, implement and revise departmental policies and procedures.
  • Inspect facilities, supplies, vehicles, and equipment to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Prepare work schedules and assign duties to subordinates.
  • Discipline staff for violation of department rules and regulations.
  • Conduct raids and order detention of witnesses and suspects for questioning.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ESC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Social and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Recognition and Working Conditions in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Public Safety and Security - 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 - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Psychology - 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 - 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Management of Personnel Resources - Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $90,420 with most people making between $58,650 and $127,290

Outlook

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avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 3,900 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 3,900 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 140 replacement openings for approximately 140 total annual openings.



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