Suisun City is a progressive and proactive law enforcement agency situated in the heart of Solano County. As a result of its proximity to neighboring jurisdictions, the men and women of the Suisun City Police Department remain extremely busy as they address the needs of the community. Candidates interested in testing for the position of Police Sergeant with the Suisun City Police Department must be prepared to take on the challenges of a fast paced work environment.
Under direction of a Police Commander, supervises, assigns, reviews, and participates in the work of law enforcement staff involved in the protection of public health, safety, and welfare and the enforcement of applicable federal, state, and local laws; assumes responsibility for assigned collateral services, special programs, projects, or department-wide functions or activities; coordinates activities with other divisions, units, watches, City departments, outside agencies, organizations and the public; and performs a variety of administrative and technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Assumes supervisory responsibility for activities, operations, and services of an assigned program area including patrol shifts, training, reserves, task forces, administration, and community relations; may assume responsibility for assigned collateral functions and supervise and participate in special programs and special assignments.
- Plans, prioritizes, assigns, supervises, and reviews the work of sworn law enforcement staff providing a wide range of patrol, investigative, and other law enforcement activities; supervises non-sworn staff in dispatch,records, parking enforcement, property and evidence room, and other functions as assigned.
- Receives, prioritizes, and coordinates response to complaints, emergency situations, and investigations;supervises and coordinates the allocation of assigned personnel and equipment in response to calls for service,case investigations, and administrative issues.
- Reviews and monitors work of assigned staff; monitors work activities to ensure safe work practices, quality, and accuracy; ensures compliance with applicable policies and procedures; works directly with sworn and non-sworn personnel in the interpretation of City and department policies; reviews police reports; spot checks staff work in the field and interviews citizens to see how calls were handled.
- Trains and evaluates assigned personnel; provides training, guidance, and counseling to assigned personnel;completes employee performance evaluations and reviews as required; promotes career development of subordinates.
- Responds to major crimes, accident scenes, and emergencies; assumes initial command; establishes field command.
- Provides a full range of administrative support to management staff; conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; prepares departmental policies and procedures; assists in the development of new and revised City ordinances pertaining to the law enforcement services and activities; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
- May supervise and personally conduct complete and detailed investigations of a general and specialized nature;coordinates investigations including those involving several officers, units and divisions; oversees and participates in undercover and surveillance operations; reviews all investigation reports and make recommendations and suggestions to officers.
- Coordinates activities with other shifts, units, City departments, outside agencies, organizations, and the public.
- Performs related duties as required.
SCPD is looking for a Police Sergeant who possesses the qualities required to deliver the highest level of service with honor and civility while maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards. An ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability and willingness to live up to the Department Core Values, demonstrate integrity in all they say and do and possess a strong commitment to public service. Above all the successful candidate will continually display only the highest level of respect and professionalism.
Education and Experience Guidelines
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Equivalent to an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Business or Public Administration, or related field is desirable.
Three years of law enforcement experience comparable to a Police Officer in the City of Suisun City.
License or Certificate:
Possession of and ability to maintain an appropriate valid State of California driver license is required and must be maintained as a condition of employment. Possession of a P.O.S.T. Basic Certificate and qualify for a P.O.S.T. Supervisory certificate two years after appointment.
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping environments with travel from site to site; the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration; exposed to potentially hostile environments; extensive public contact; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level is occasionally very loud due to sirens, firearm training, etc.; incumbents required to work various shifts, including evenings and weekends. Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in a law enforcement setting; an office setting; restrain or subdue individuals; walk, stand, sit, or run for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; occasionally climb and balance; regularly push, pull, lift, and/or carry light to moderate weights; frequently lift and/or move moderate to heavy weights; operate office equipment including use of computer keyboard; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, and gripping with hands and fingers; ability to operate and use specialized law enforcement tools and equipment including guns and handcuffs; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. See in the normal visual range with or without correction and hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
For positions represented by the Suisun City Police Officers' Association, the benefit package includes:
- 5% Corporal Assignment
- Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Assignment (2.5% of E-Step Police Officer)
- FTO Assignment (5% of E-Step Police Officer)
Accelerated Merit Increases - Employees hired at A-Step are eligible for accelerated merit increases of 5% each based on achieving successful progress at 1 year, 18 months (successful completion of standard probation), 2 years and 3 years.
Medical Insurance - Fully City-paid medical up to the CalPERS Kaiser Rate for employee, spouse and dependents. A cash payment of up to $700 per month in lieu of enrolling in City's health plans. City offers IRS Section 125 benefits plan for dependent care and healthcare reimbursement accounts. Vision and dental insurance options available at competitive rates.
Retirement - California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) retirement of 3% @ 50 for Classic Employees (City pays employer's contribution plus 5% of employee's 9% contribution), or 2.7% @ 57 for new employees subject to the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013. City does not participate in Social Security, but does withhold for Medicare, in accordance with federal law.
Life Insurance - Fully City paid life insurance of $200,000 for employee only.
Uniform Allowance - $1,300 annual
Education / Training Programs:
- Safety Education Loan Forgiveness (SELF) Program - Up to $10,000 forgivable loan for a program leading to a Bachelor's or Advanced Degree.
- Education Reimbursement for Pursuit of a Degree - Up to $1,800 per year upon successful completion of approved Undergraduate or Graduate program.
- Education Reimbursement for Job-Related Courses - Up to $750 per year upon successful completion of approved program.
Physical Fitness Reimbursement
Bilingual Pay - $46.15 per pay period.
Paid Leave - 96 hours of sick leave, 4 hours paid Holiday Leave accrued per pay period, and 80 hours paid vacation per year for the first five years of service.
Annual Vacation Leave increases based on longevity - 120 hours after 5 years, 144 hours after 10 years, and 160 hours after 15 years.
Work Schedule - Standard Police Department patrol work schedule is 3/12.
All application materials will be reviewed to select those applicants whose qualifications most closely match the requirements of the position. Only the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the subsequent phase(s) of the recruitment process, which may include one or more of the following: situational judgment test, written examination, performance examination, assessment exercises, oral interviews, and complete background checks. Please note that meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee advancement in the selection process.
The written exam is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020. Upon passing the exam with a score of 70% or better, the most highly qualified candidates will then be invited to participate in an oral interview. You can find a breakdown of the written exam below, as well as suggested study material to prepare for this exam.
LAW ENFORCEMENT SERGEANT
SECTION DESCRIPTION QUESTIONS
1 PROBLEM SOLVING, DECISION MAKING, AND 15
2 SUPERVISION 25
3 FIELD OPERATIONS 35
4 LEGAL PRINCIPLES 15
5 WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 10
6 GENERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PRINCIPLES - 25
The references for this examination include the following:
- For the Record: Report Writing in Law Enforcement
- Hess, Karen M., & Wrobleski, Henry M. (2002). For the Record: Report Writing in Law Enforcement, 5th Edition. Innovative Systems.
- Hess, Karen M. & Orthmann, Christine Hess. (2008) For the Record: Report Writing in Law Enforcement, 6th Edition. Innovative Systems.
- Management and Supervision of Law Enforcement Personnel
- Schroeder, Donald J., & Lombardo, Frank. (2002). Management and Supervision of Law Enforcement Personnel, 4th Edition. LexisNexis Gould Publications.
- Schroeder, Donald J., & Lombardo, Frank. (2013). Management and Supervision of Law Enforcement Personnel, 5th Edition. LexisNexis Gould Publications.
- Police Field Operations
- Adams, Thomas F. (2002). Police Field Operations, 7th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall.
- Adams, Thomas F. (2014). Police Field Operations, 8th Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall.
- California Peace Officer’s Legal Sourcebook
- California Peace Officer’s Legal Sourcebook. (Current Revision Packet). California Department of Justice.