Summary Statement

Supervises police officers and/or civilian employees engaged in the performance or support of highway patrol, criminal investigations, or other related police operations. May be assigned to an administrative staff position without supervisory responsibilities. Performs related duties as assigned.

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Essential Functions (not intended to be all inclusive)

1. Plans, schedules, coordinates and supervises the work of sworn officers and civilian personnel.

2. Reviews the work of assigned personnel to ensure compliance with Department policies and procedures. Accompanies officers during the performance of their duties to observe and evaluate performance. Reviews logs and reports of assigned personnel for accuracy, completeness, and conformance to established standards.

3. Evaluates employee performance and identifies deficiencies and/or training needs. Provides or arranges for necessary instruction. Initiates discipline when appropriate. Prepares performance appraisals and supporting documentation.

4. Assists in the development, implementation, and attainment of Department goals and objectives in assigned area.

5. Evaluates activities of assigned area and recommends improvements and modifications.

6. Responds to accident or crime scenes and takes command when appropriate.

7. Testifies in court in connection with arrests and investigations.

8. Directs investigations into citizen or internal complaints against employees of the Department.

9. Prepares a variety of reports (statistical, activity, administrative, etc.) as required.

10. Works with other law enforcement agencies in planning and coordinating task force operations or other multi-agency special events and activities.

11. Participates in community activities and makes verbal presentations to diverse audiences.

12. Serves as acting commander when required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required

Knowledge of:

1. police methods and procedures.

2. principles and practices of supervision, training, and performance evaluation.

3. federal, state, and local laws governing traffic and crime, search and seizure activities, the rules of evidence and applicable court decisions.

4. Department mission statement, goals and objectives, organizational structure, functions and resources.

5. Department policies and procedures.

6. Department computerized and manual records and tracking systems.

7. principles of accident investigation and interrogation techniques.

8. hazardous materials, conditions and devices.

Skill in:

1. the use and care of firearms and related police equipment.

2. the operation of a police vehicle in ordinary and adverse situations.

Ability to:

1. communicate clearly both orally and in writing.

2. analyze situations under stressful conditions and adopt effective courses of action.

3. interpret and apply written information (laws, regulations, legal opinions, crime and intelligence data, etc.).

4. establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of assignment.


Must possess and maintain AZ POST certification as a sworn peace officer.

Must have a valid Arizona driver license.


May be required to respond to crime scenes or critical incidents.

May be exposed to outdoor weather conditions, fumes or dust, toxic or caustic chemicals or bodily fluids.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires four years of experience and permanent status with the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a sworn peace officer in the classification of Officer or Pilot. Must have an overall performance evaluation rating of at least "Standard" for the last 12 months.

Must successfully complete the examination process.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt