CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
This is law enforcement work supervising on an assigned shift a small group of uniformed and civilian personnel
in the activities of a specialized police unit or of the operations office of a police district, and in the processing and
maintenance of police records. Contact with law enforcement officials and the public is a significant aspect of the work.
Work is performed under the supervision of a higher level police officer. Assignments require the use of
evaluative thinking and are carried out in accordance with standard police practices and general work instructions. An
employee in this class participates with others in the efficient operation of an assigned organizational unit. Work involves
conditions which can be only partially controlled.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Supervises a small group of police and civilian personnel in a specialized police unit or in the operations office
and cell room of an assigned district; reviews the nature and content of all communications received by teletype, police
radio, mail and messenger service and directs their proper routing; approves charges to be placed against prisoners;
instructs personnel in the proper procedures involved in the slating, processing, and detention of all persons arrested;
schedules and coordinates the transfer and delivery of prisoners for identification, investigations, court hearings, and
medical treatments; as assigned, may participate in police investigations and arrest procedures.
- Instructs subordinates in the preparation and distribution of all reports on district or unit activities, platoon
activities, incidents, and individuals and platoon shift assignments; reviews them for completeness, accuracy, and
neatness; makes recommendations for correction of errors; guides subordinates in the preparation and issuance of
certificates of charges and property receipts.
- Insures that pertinent information and communications are recorded on the sending and receiving sheet and that
all interested personnel receive copies; receives and routes all inquiries, complaints, and requests for police services made
by citizens in person or by telephone and instructs police personnel in their proper dispositions; notifies superior officers,
according to current directives of all unusual or emergency situations occurring in the district or other police units;
arranges for other city departments, utility companies, and other law enforcement agencies to be notified of complaints
and emergency conditions that may require their services.
- Arranges for the necessary services and repairs for police vehicles on a preventive maintenance and emergency
basis; controls the dispensing of gasoline and oil to police and other city-owned vehicles; calculates and forwards daily
receipts; requisitions and maintains supplies for the district or other units; receives, reviews, and maintains all reference
materials and directives; reviews files and records and instructs personnel in their proper maintenance in accordance with
current directives; maintains attendance records of all personnel within the district.
- Conducts regular inspections of the detention area to determine its cleanliness and the physical condition of
prisoners; inspects the rooms and facilities of the district building and grounds and instructs personnel in their proper
- Reviews schedules of municipal court hearings held in the district; dispatches vehicles to prisons to transport
prisoners to hearings; makes appropriate notifications for scheduled court appearances; assembles case folders; oversees
the custody of prisoners during court hearings; updates case folders by noting the disposition of the hearing as directed
by court officials.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- modern police practices and methods.
- controlling laws and ordinances, particularly the laws of arrest and evidence.
- the geography of the city.
- the rules and regulations of the police department pertaining to operations room activities.
- the forms used and procedures applied in a police district operations room.
- the principles of crime and accident investigation, the techniques of interrogation, and the identification and
preservation of physical evidence.
- first aid principles and practices.
- the techniques of crime prevention.
- the techniques of criminal identification.
- the use and care of firearms.
- supervise the work of a group of police and civilian personnel engaged in the administration, communication, and
detention activities in a police district or specialized police unit.
- analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine the proper course of action to be taken.
- obtain information through interview and interrogation.
- react quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
- speak and write clearly and effectively.
- understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with other officers and the public.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training
and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Applications submitted by candidates
for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 4/76.)
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- One year of experience as a Police Officer.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this
- Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Police Corporal.
PAY RANGE: 204
Class Established: 6/1965
Latest Spec. Revision: 4/1976
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 6A03