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Police Sergeant



Date Approved:  12/03

Grade:   H

JOB TITLE:              Police Sergeant

REPORTS TO:         Police Chief

FLSA STATUS:        Non-Exempt



Supervise, plan and coordinate the activities and operations of an assigned shift within the Airport Police Department to maintain and ensure airport security; and to provide highly responsible and complex staff assistance to the Police Chief.


Coordinate operational activities for an assigned patrol shift.  Participate in the implementation

of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned shift; identify resource needs; implement

policies and procedures.  Participate in the training, motivating, and evaluating of assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline procedures.  Direct, coordinate and review the work plan for the assigned shift; meet with staff to identify and resolve problems; assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods and procedures.          Provide staff assistance to the Police Chief; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.   Maintain and ensure airport security; patrol the terminal area; check for security violations; respond to alarms at security screening check point.  Observe and monitor the inspection of carry-on items of passengers.  Deal with upset, angry, intoxicated, or violent persons; respond in appropriate manner; make arrests as necessary.  Prepare reports on arrests made, activities performed and unusual incidents observed.            Participate in directing traffic for the airport to ease loading and unloading of passengers and luggage; patrol parking lot; issue citations as required.  Assume immediate command of police activities in the event of an emergency.  Respond to crime and accident scenes within the airport perimeter; participate in investigations; interview witnesses.  Answer radio calls and complaints involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors, felonies, and disturbances.  Respond to citizen complaints and requests for information.

Escort people through the terminal area as requested.  Assist in developing and conducting training programs on the various phases of police activities at the airport.  May assist in monitoring closed circuit television cameras for the airport security surveillance system.  Perform other job related duties as assigned.


Computer, calculator, copier, office machines, firearms and other modern police equipment.


Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

Knowledge of operational characteristics, services and activities of an airport comprehensive law enforcement and security program.  Principles and practices of law enforcement.  Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.  Pertinent Federal, State and local laws and ordinances, particularly with reference to apprehension, arrest, search and seizure, evidence and records maintenance, and traffic control.  Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment.  Modern investigative methods including interviewing and interrogation techniques. Functions and objectives of Federal, State, and other local law enforcement agencies.  Self Defense tactics.  Technical and administrative phases of crime prevention and law enforcement including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, narcotics violations, records management, and care and custody of property.  Recent court decisions and how they affect department and division operations.

Ability to use firearms and other modern police equipment. Supervise and coordinate the work of sworn personnel.  Train and evaluate staff.  Interpret and explain Airport Authority policies and procedures.  Prepare clear and concise police records and reports.  Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.  Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies.  Analyze situations quickly and objectively, and determine proper course of action.  Use good judgment in emergency situations.  Work irregular hours including weekends and holidays.  Meet and deal with the public tactfully and effectively.  Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Minimum Training and Experience

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge would be four years law enforcement experience with one year of experience equivalent to the rank of Police Corporal. An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in a criminal justice or related field can be substituted for up to two years of experience.  HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR GED IS REQUIRED. Additional training in police science, law enforcement, criminal justice or related fields is desirable.  Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Alabama driver's license and be insurable.  Possession of Certification as a Law Enforcement Officer issued by the Alabama Peace Officer's Standards and Training Commission.  Possession of or ability to obtain within one year, Emergency Medical Technician (Basic) Certificate from the National Registry/State of Alabama.

Physical Requirements

Maintain physical condition appropriate to the performance of assigned duties which may include the following:                  

                       -          Effective arrests

                       -          subduing resisting individuals

                       -          Running, walking, crouching, or crawling

                       -          operating assigned equipment and vehicles

                       -           Performing life-saving and rescue procedures

      Maintain mental capacity which allows the capabilities to:

-          exercise sound judgment and rational thinking in emergency situations;

                       -          evaluate various options and alternatives and choose an appropriate and reasonable course of action.

Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Environmental Requirements

Must be able to adapt to changing work environments.

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