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First-Line Supervisors of Police & Detectives

Also called: Patrol Sergeant, Police Captain, Police Sergeant, Sergeant

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What they do:
Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • management
  • customer service
Math and Science
  • psychology


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time
Hearing and Speech
  • speak clearly


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System IAFIS
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Computer aided composite drawing software
  • Microsoft Visio Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
some college
usually needed

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