Public Safety Sergeants Duties
The duties of a Public Safety Sergeant are varied. The Sergeants supervise department employees in:
Care and operation of public safety equipment
Enforcement of laws and ordinances
Prevention and investigation of crimes
Protection of life and property
Resolution of individual, neighborhood or community problems
Response to hazardous material incidents
Response to public safety emergencies
Public Safety Sergeants are also responsible for the day to day operations of the Patrol Bureau. The Sergeants are responsible for resolving shift staffing issues and schedules, briefing of patrol staff, and review and approval of all completed police reports. Sergeants work in partnership with Fire Rescue Battalion Chiefs during major fire / rescue emergencies, assisting with various Incident Command System (ICS) tasks.
Typically a Sergeant oversees a team or a shift of employees, which includes civilian employees and sworn police officers. There are four Sergeants assigned to supervision of four patrol teams. One Sergeant is assigned to the supervision of the Detectives and one Sergeant is assigned to supervise the Traffic Team and Community Service Officers (CSOs).
The Sergeants may command a large number of public safety personnel during emergencies and other assignments, as required. A regular patrol shift will vary from 5 to 8 patrol officers, a traffic officer and one or more CSO. Patrol supervisors are at times called upon to supervise major incidents where fire personnel are on scene. This could add an additional 6 to 8 emergency personnel to be supervised.
Training & Experience
Public Safety Sergeants are required to have at least, an Associate Degree, four years of successful experience as a full time police officer or firefighter, as recognized by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), which is the state certification agency. The Sergeants must also meet the physical standards of DPSST and the Department of Public Safety, and possess a valid Oregon driver’s license.
Public Safety Sergeants receive training in a variety of public safety related areas to include, but not limited to:
Structural and wildland firefighting
Sergeants are also tasked with the supervision of the Detective Section,
Bike Team, K-9 program, Range / Firearms, Defensive Tactics training,
Reserve Officers and the Traffic Team / CSO's. They are responsible for
budgeting, scheduling and staffing of each program. Public Safety
Sergeants are also involved in Internal Affairs and procedural inquiry
investigations, completing research projects, and drafting policy and
procedures for review and adoption by the department.