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

  • Captain
  • Chief Deputy
  • Chief of Harbor Patrol
  • Chief of Police
  • Civil Division Commander Deputy Sheriff
  • Commanding Officer Homicide Squad
  • Community Relations Police Lieutenant
  • Court Deputy
  • Criminal and Patrol Division Commander Deputy Sheriff
  • Deputy Chief Sheriff
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What They Do

  • 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.

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 Ohio was $80,700 with most people making between $52,660 and $111,090

Outlook

0.33%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 2,710 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 2,800 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 9 openings due to growth and about 101 replacement openings for approximately 110 total annual openings.