CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
This is responsible supervisory police work involving the command of an assigned shift in a police
district or a specialized police unit. Work involves responsibility for instructing and leading police officers in
their work, for assigning them duties and checking their efficiency. Work may involve responsibility for the
supervision of special units, such as assigned shift of the traffic division or a squad of policemen on duty.
Considerable judgment must be exercised independently in interpreting orders and in making decisions
concerning important police problems when no superior officer is readily available. Work is performed within
the general framework of established routine and departmental rules and regulations, with changes in routine
and assistance on major problems received from a superior officer. All work is subject to general supervision
by personal inspections, review of reports by superiors, and appraisal of the effectiveness of police work
performed by the assigned squad or detail.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Commands a police district on an assigned night shift, or is second in command during the day; takes
roll call, reads orders of the day, important complaints, lists of stolen cars and missing persons; gives special
assignments to officers; receives complaints, accident reports, calls for police help and similar messages;
dispatches police vehicles within the jurisdiction of his district; gives advice and instructions to officers and
citizens; observes and evaluates performance of sergeants and policemen; responds to call by radio in case of
serious incident until relieved by a superior officer; reviews reports prepared and submitted by subordinates;
supervises employees working in the station house and is responsible for the custody of prisoners detained.
- Commands a unit or shift in the traffic division; assigns policemen to post and review the work of
subordinate supervisors; supervises the enforcement of traffic ordinances; studies traffic control methods,
problems, and devices and makes recommendations to a commanding officer for improvements in traffic
regulations and control activities.
- If assigned to duty in the detective force or special detail in plain clothes, supervises such activities as
the investigation of suspected vice establishments, the search for and preservation of evidence, the investigation
of clues, the apprehension and arrest of violators, and related detective duty.
- Receives and reviews reports of subordinates and prepares and submits reports to superiors; testifies
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- modern police methods and procedures.
- the rules and regulations of the police department, including those pertaining to operations room
- the forms and procedures commonly in use in a police district operations room
- controlling laws and ordinances, particularly of the laws of arrest and evidence.
- the principles of crime and accident investigation, the techniques of interrogation, and of the
identification and preservation of physical evidence.
- the geography of the city.
- the techniques of crime prevention.
- the principles and practices of police administration.
- the techniques of criminal identification.
- the behavior of criminals and the causes underlying criminality.
- the use and care of firearms.
- handle situations firmly, courteously, tactfully, and with respect for the rights of others.
- plan, assign, supervise, and review the work of police personnel.
- obtain information through interview and interrogation.
- take command at the scene of a serious incident, to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to
determine a proper course of action to be taken.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with other officers, the general public and court
- speak and write effectively.
- emotional stability.
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 3/53.)
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- One year of permanent civil service status as a Police Sergeant.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a
position in this class.
- 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 Lieutenant.
PAY RANGE: 206
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision: 7/1962
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 6A05