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Police Sergeant

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 9078

Title: Police Sergeant

Department: Public Safety

Essential Personnel: Yes

Job Family: Administrative Operations

Job Sub-Family: Police

FLSA Classification: NE

Job Grade: 76

Grade Min: $80,034

Grade Mid: N/A

UHD Succession Plan: N

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: Y

Job Summary

The Police Sergeant performs a variety of duties to ensure that the university campus is a safe environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors, including, but not limited to, scheduling, monitoring, inspecting, and coordinating the work activities of police officers.


  • Supervises patrol and security officers on duty; acts as the watch commander for a shift; mentors subordinates
  • Enforces state and federal laws and university policies; enforces traffic laws, conducts traffic stops, and issues citations and violations as appropriate; assists officers with queries as required
  • Reviews Police Reports and makes any necessary corrections
  • Assists with patrol functions, conducting property checks, enforcing traffic laws, and answering calls for service
  • Provides continuous training for police officers, security officers, and dispatchers as required by TCOLE, including maintaining appropriate records and files; locates required classes as necessary; maintains the UHD Police Training website and calendar
  • Revises and oversees the Field Training Program, ensuring that recruits are suitably trained
  • Recommends policy and procedure changes as necessary
  • Responds to emergency calls; assist students, faculty, and staff with questions and problems they may have
  • Acts as the incident commander for any major incidents until a superior officer arrives to take over the Incident Command Center
  • Attends meetings as required; completes all necessary paperwork, including, but not limited to, schedules, evaluations, timesheets, daily paperwork, and responding to emails

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • Full Time Employees

Delegation of Work:

  • Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given:

  • Has primary responsibility for conducting performance evaluations and making recommendations for hiring and dismissing employees.


Required Education:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of seven (7) years of related job experience


  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license
  • Police officer certification is required
  • Advanced Peace Officer's Proficiency Certificate issued by TCOLE is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of the mission, vision, and core values of the UHD Police Department
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of modern law enforcement, traffic control, and patrol services
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Knowledge of university policies; knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of police record keeping


  • Good technical skills, including proficiency in MS Office; strong analytical and problem solving skills; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; strong leadership skills.


  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to take the proper course of action
  • Ability to defuse situations when necessary; ability to prepare reports
  • Ability to conduct investigations; ability to assume peace officer responsibilities; ability to exercise discretion; ability to maintain composure in an emergency situation
  • Ability to adapt to changing technologies, practices, and situations
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • This is a uniform position in an indoor and outdoor environment.
  • 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. Incumbent may be allowed routine office wear as required for performance of duty.

Physical Demands:

  • Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, or walking for prolonged periods of time, as well as for bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, jumping and climbing; adequate speech, hearing, visual acuity, and ability to distinguish color is required
  • May be required to carry, push, pull, drag, or hold medium to heavy weight objects of up to 100lbs. The use of fingers, both hands, both arms, and both legs is required; may be required to take offensive and/or defensive action during physical confrontations.
  • May be exposed to 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, inclement weather conditions and extreme temperatures.
  • May be required to work in and around heavy vehicles and equipment. May be exposed to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, and gases when assisting in emergency calls.
  • Possible exposure to hazardous chemicals, high voltage and toxic materials, waste, and infectious diseases. May involve exposure to an emergency public safety environment, emergency and disaster situations, potentially hostile environments, and dangerous and/or hostile people.
  • Requires the ability to safely discharge a firearm. Requires the ability to safely operate motorized equipment and assigned vehicles. Requires frequent contact with the public.
  • Works irregular hours that include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Works overtime with short or no notice.

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.

Focus on Customer Service

  • Focuses on customer's needs and expectations. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Respectfully ascertains customer's needs and determines appropriate response.
  • Promptly responds by providing requested information, takes appropriate action, or refers customer to appropriate individual or department.
  • If further actions need to be taken, advises customers of realistic timeframes for a response to their request.
  • Follows up with customers on outstanding requests in a timely manner.
  • Tactfully explains to customers why their needs and/or expectations cannot be met if the university does not provide the requested information or services.

Public Safety

  • Recognizes and immediately reacts to potential danger.
  • Uses sound judgment to protect co-workers, students, and citizens; enforce laws and ordinances; and diffuse threatening situations.
  • Complies with police rules and regulations.
  • Prepares clear and concise offense reports in a timely manner.


  • Supervises the work of staff employees.
  • Sets clear goals and expectations within reasonable timeframes.
  • Motivates staff through constructive feedback, challenging assignments, and recognition of achievements.
  • Provides mentorship and guidance by sharing expertise and best practices.
  • Supports staff by providing essential resources, professional development opportunities, and open communication.
  • Promptly addresses performance issues with appropriate measures and discretion.

Student Success Indirect Support

  • Contributes to student success by assisting students with anything that supports their student experience, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Helps students navigate their way through the different offices, programs, and services at the university and/or connects students with the appropriate party(ies).
  • Connects students with services or resources that can help them with career exploration, goal selection, and ongoing academic assistance.
  • Helps students build peer support networks.
  • Encourages student participation in out-of-class activities.
  • Provides encouragement and guidance to foster student success.
  • Treats students with respect
  • Maintains the learning environment to ensure quality and/or sound pedagogy.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.