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First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

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Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Maintain logs, prepare reports, and direct the preparation, handling, and maintenance of departmental records.
    • Direct collection, preparation, and handling of evidence and personal property of prisoners.
    • Cooperate with court personnel and officials from other law enforcement agencies and testify in court as necessary.
    • Monitor and evaluate the job performance of subordinates, and authorize promotions and transfers.
    • Review contents of written orders to ensure adherence to legal requirements.
    • Conduct raids and order detention of witnesses and suspects for questioning.
    • Discipline staff for violation of department rules and regulations.
    • Prepare work schedules and assign duties to subordinates.
    • Direct release or transfer of prisoners.
    • Prepare budgets and manage expenditures of department funds.
    • Inspect facilities, supplies, vehicles, and equipment to ensure conformance to standards.
    • Develop, implement and revise departmental policies and procedures.
    • Meet with civic, educational, and community groups to develop community programs and events, and to discuss law enforcement subjects.
    • Prepare news releases and respond to police correspondence.
    • Requisition and issue equipment and supplies.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    Knowledge
    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $80,610/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $38.75/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 2,550
    • Yearly Projected Openings 160
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Dependability
    • Leadership
    • Attention to Detail
    Tools
    • Two way radios
    • Police vehicles
    • Notebook computers
    • Handguns
    • Handcuffs
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Presentation software
    • Office suite software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Data base user interface and query software