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Police Sergeant - (STA001416)

University of Houston - Downtown

Houston, Texas 77002
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University of Houston - Downtown
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Department Name:D0044 Police



The Police Sergeant provides a safe environment, preserves the peace, prevents and detects crime, enforces the law, and protects the rights of all citizens. The Police Sergeant serves as the primary supervisory entity within the University Police Department. The Police Sergeant is directly responsible for assuring compliance with the goals, objectives, values and vision to achieve the department's stated mission. Work is performed with considerable latitude and independent judgment. Performs a variety of duties including, but not limited to, scheduling, monitoring, inspecting, and coordinating the work activities of Police Officers. Assists with investigations and communicates, interprets and ensures compliance with performance standards maintains records and ensures proper use and condition of equipment.


  1. Schedules assignments, supervises and participates in the operations of a shift, providing advice and assistance on police-related issues
  2. For major incidents, proceeds to and assumes command of the scene until the situation is resolved or until properly relieved by a higher authority
  3. Reviews and approves daily reports of assigned officers for accuracy, completeness and proper investigative techniques, advising officers of deficiencies
  4. Conducts roll call briefings and inspects the equipment and appearance of assigned officers to insure compliance with Department guidelines
  5. Keeps assigned officers informed of Department policies, goals, vision, mission and core values
  6. Counsels assigned officers on attendance, performance and/or conduct issues and commends officers for exemplary work
  7. Prepares performance evaluations for assigned officers and reviews the evaluation with individual officers to guide the officer toward expected performance standards
  8. Insures communications, either up or down the chain of command, are accurately passed on in a timely manner
  9. Promotes compliance with Department policies and procedures, facilitating a positive attitude toward the Department through personal example
  10. Monitors radio communications


  1. Recommends policy changes and program development to superiors
  2. Performs background investigations as required
  3. Attends meetings and seminars as required
  4. Assists in criminal investigations when required


Direct Reports: Full Time Employees

Delegation of Work: Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given: Makes final decision on evaluating employee performance; hiring new employees; disciplinary actions; makes final decision on scheduling employee work hours; makes final decision on coaching and counseling; training; provides recommendations on handling employee grievances and complaints; and makes final decision on granting time off



  1. Operations, services and activities of law enforcement
  2. Principles, practices and methods of law enforcement, traffic control and patrol services
  3. Methods and techniques of report preparation
  4. Principles and practices of program development and administration
  5. Principles and practices of organization, administration and personnel management pertaining to law enforcement
  6. Property and evidence handling procedures
  7. Principles of record keeping and reporting
  8. Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
  9. English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation
  10. Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations
  11. Department goals, objectives, values, vision, mission, and policies and procedures
  12. Development and administration of program goals, objectives and procedures





  1. Participates in law enforcement programs including patrol, field operations, crime investigations and support services
  2. Analyzes problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals
  3. Establishes and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work, especially other members of the department
  4. Commands respect and maintain discipline
  5. Performs all job functions of a Police Officer
  6. Be self-motivated and motivate others
  7. Interact with students and adults from diverse social and economic backgrounds
  8. Develops new and innovative approaches to problem solving
  9. Interprets and apply applicable Federal, State, and local policies, laws and regulations, as well as Department's policies and procedures
  10. Communicates clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  11. Maintains physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities which may include the following: Standing, sitting or running/walking for extended periods of time in a wide range of areas from stairways in buildings to outdoor undeveloped areas
  12. Standing 45% of time
  13. Sitting 10% of time
  14. Running/Walking 45% of time
  15. Lifting in excess of 50 pounds
  16. Carrying, dragging or restraining individuals from 50 to 300 pounds
  17. Performing peace officer responsibilities such as effecting arrests, subduing resisting individuals and operating assigned equipment
  18. Maintains mental capacity which permits: Making sound decisions and using good judgment, demonstrating intellectual capabilities, evaluating the effectiveness of programs, recommending effective policies and procedures, communicating clearly
  19. Maintains effective audio-visual perception needed for: Making observations; vision corrected to 20/40; color vision (ability to distinguish all colors)
  20. Reading and writing
  21. Communicating with others
  22. Acute hearing required
  23. Effectively handles a work environment and conditions which involve working closely with others
  24. Must be available to work evenings, nights, weekends and holidays according to assigned schedules
  25. Working overtime with short or no notice



Primary Work Location:

This is a uniform position. All positions requiring peace officer certification should be prepared for full field duty at any time regardless of primary assignment. Personnel may be reassigned to field duty at any time either permanently or temporarily to assure appropriate field staffing levels. Position may be allowed routine office wear as required for performance of duty.


Physical Demands:

  1. Environmental Conditions-Environment consists of indoor and outdoor conditions, some may be extreme; exposure to emergency public safety environment; exposure to emergency and disaster situations; exposure to potentially hostile environments; exposure to dangerous and/or hostile people; animal and human body fluids; hazards of emergency driving; hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic; working in and near natural and man-made disasters, exposure to inclement weather conditions; may be required to work in and around heavy vehicles and equipment; possible exposure to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes and gases when assisting in emergency calls; possible exposure to hazardous chemicals, high voltage and toxic materials; exposure to waste and infectious diseases; frequent contact with the public.
  2. Physical Conditions Essential and marginal functions require maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, running or walking for prolonged periods of time; adequate speech, hearing , and eyesight required; medium to heavy lifting; bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, jumping and climbing; the use of fingers, both hands and both arms; the use of both legs; may be required to take offensive and/or defensive action during physical confrontations; ability to discharge a firearm; the ability to operate motorized equipment and/or assigned vehicles; adequate speech, hearing and eyesight required; carry, push, pull, drag or hold medium to heavy weight objects; visual acuity and ability to distinguish color


For additional information and to apply, please visit: https://uhs.taleo.net/careersection/ex3_uhd/jobdetail.ftl?job=STA001416&tz=GMT-05%3A00


The University of Houston-Downtown is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in the recruitment and admission of students, the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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