Police CarPublic Safety Sergeants

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.

Supervision Exercised

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.

Firefighters 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:

  • HAZMAT response
  • Incident command
  • Negotiations
  • Personnel-related issues
  • Structural and wildland firefighting
  • Tactical response

Additional Duties

Public Safety 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 / CSOs. 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.