CLASSIFICATION: STATE POLICE SERGEANT
Class Code: 8402-24 Date Established: 08-01-97
Occupational Code: 3-3-5 Date of Last Revision: 08-31-11
BASIC PURPOSE: To perform supervisory police work by coordinating troop/unit work activities and monitoring criminal detection and investigation operations; assist the supervising officer in commanding a troop or unit.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Plans, assigns, and supervises troop/unit activities as directed by a superior officer.
· Evaluates work performance of subordinate personnel, documents and provides corrective guidance, as required.
· Oversees and trains subordinate officers to enforce criminal, motor vehicle and all other appropriate federal and state laws, rules and regulations as they relate to public safety.
· Supervises the inspection of facilities, personnel and equipment.
· Supervises the appearance, discipline, and efficiency of subordinate personnel.
· Supervises traffic patrol or investigation work at troop/unit level and ensures compliance of personnel with the laws and regulations governing the Division of State Police.
· Performs or supervises surveillance and other criminal investigations, including undercover activities.
· Uses technical equipment to identify, gather and preserve evidence and maintains records, logs of activities, and files.
· Prosecutes cases and testifies as a witness in courts and other formal settings.
· May act as an instructor at the New Hampshire Police Academy or other law enforcement training programs as assigned.
· Performs all characteristic duties and responsibilities outlined by the class specification for State Police Trooper as mandated by necessity or as assigned.
Skill: Requires skill in developing formats and procedures for special applications OR in investigating and reviewing the use of equipment and data for a specialized function.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for contributing to immediate, ongoing agency objectives by facilitating the direct provision of services to the public or other state agencies. Errors at this level result in inaccurate reports or invalid test results and require a significant investment of time and resources to detect.
Supervision: Requires direct supervision of programs or of employees doing work which differs from the supervisor, including disciplining employees, solving personnel problems, recommending hiring and firing employees, and developing work methods. The supervisor in this position manages a working unit or section with responsibility for employee performance appraisal.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job assignments in an extremely disagreeable or dangerous working environment with continuous exposure to an uncontrollable number of hazardous elements, including occupational accidents, injuries, or diseases which result in total disability or death.
Physical Demands: Requires medium to heavy work, including continuous physical exertion such as frequent bending, lifting, or climbing.
Communication: Requires summarizing data, preparing reports, and making recommendations based on findings which contribute to solving problems and achieving work objectives. This level also requires presenting information for use by administrative-level managers in making decisions.
Complexity: Requires coordinating a combination of diverse job functions in order to integrate professional and technical agency goals. This level also requires considerable judgment to implement a sequence of operations or actions.
Independent Action: Requires objective assessment in analyzing and developing new work methods and procedures subject to periodic review and in making decisions according to established technical, professional or administrative standards.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with a major field of study preferably in criminal justice or the equivalent.
Experience: Four years of experience as a State Police Trooper. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education.
License/Certification: Valid New Hampshire driver's license.
1. Must possess and maintain full-time police officer certification issued by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council OR be in possession of a current full-time police officer certification from a recognized jurisdiction.
2. Assignment as an Assistant Troop Commander (ATC) and/or Assistant Unit Commander, labor grade while in the designated position is a temporary assignment, appointed by the Director of State Police.
3. Service record must be free of any major infraction of divisional discipline for the past seven (7) years.
4. For appointment consideration, applicants much successfully participate in a promotional written examination measuring possession of knowledge, skills, and abilities identified as necessary for the satisfactory job performance by this class specification.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Considerable knowledge of agency rules and regulations governing the Division of State Police. Knowledge of state provisions for emergency situations. Knowledge of the laws of arrest and evidence. Knowledge of state laws relating to the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws. Knowledge of criminal identification techniques and methods to identify and preserve evidence. Knowledge of the principles and methods of crime and traffic accident investigation. Knowledge of probation, parole and court procedures, including court decisions pertaining to law enforcement. Elementary knowledge of criminal behavior. Skill in presenting oral and physical evidence in court. Skill in proper interviewing and interrogating techniques. Skill in making quick, accurate decisions. Skill in the proper use and care of firearms. Skill in conducting investigations and in recognizing, identifying and preserving evidence of crime. Skill in using police communications equipment. Skill in life saving techniques. Ability to perform physically demanding tasks. Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and at high speeds. Ability to learn the use of firearms and other law enforcement equipment. Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy and impartiality in relation to others. Ability to make decisions based on common sense and good judgment. Ability to resolve stressful situations. Ability to comprehend and comply with written and oral directions. Ability to comply with and enforce federal, state and local laws. Ability to increase competency through training and instruction. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to take orders and accept supervision. Ability to withstand long periods of uninterrupted work. Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, county and local agencies. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.