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Police/Detectives Supervisor

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High school preferred +

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What They Do

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives Career Video

About This Career

Directly supervises and coordinates activities of members of police force.

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Law Enforcement Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Supervises and coordinates the investigation of criminal cases, offering guidance and expertise to investigators, and ensuring that procedures are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Explains police operations to subordinates to assist them in performing their job duties.
  • Trains staff in proper police work procedures.
  • Investigates and resolves personnel problems within organization and charges of misconduct against staff.
  • Informs personnel of changes in regulations and policies, implications of new or amended laws, and new techniques of police work.
  • Maintains logs, prepares reports, and directs the preparation, handling, and maintenance of departmental records.
  • Directs collection, preparation, and handling of evidence and personal property of prisoners.
  • Cooperates with court personnel and officials from other law enforcement agencies and testifies in court, as necessary.
  • Monitors and evaluates the job performance of subordinates, and authorizes promotions and transfers.
  • Reviews contents of written orders to ensure adherence to legal requirements.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Overtime work
  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Police Captain
  • Shift Supervisor


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