Police Sergeant

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Police Sergeant

Job Type





NE14 (23.89 - 33.45)


Law Enforcement


Position Summary

Under direct supervision the Police Sergeant supervises the law enforcement personnel; patrols, investigates crimes and traffic accidents and arrests and/or cites violators. Ensures safety, security, and the preservation of life and property by maintaining law and order and enforcing laws and ordinances. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Minimum Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or GED plus two continuous years of law enforcement experience or related field and supervisory experience.

  • Possession of the certificate demonstrating graduation from the Nevada POST academy or another State’s POST academy and/or Federal POST academy.

  • Must be 21 years of age.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid California or Nevada driver’s license or capable of obtaining one within thirty-days (30) of employment.

  • Must be able to be insurable by the Tribe’s Driving Policy.

  • No felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions within one (1) year of the date of application.

  • Must be able to successfully pass a medical examination, physical fitness test, pre-employment drug/alcohol screen and background investigation.

  • Preference will be given to Qualified Native American Indians.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Supervises and coordinates activities of Patrol Officers; ensures compliance with established policies, procedures, and work standards.

  • Conducts roll call of officers and issues duty assignments. Coordinates work schedules and training for officers.

  • Communicates departmental policies, procedures, regulations, guidelines, goals, and objectives.

  • Interviews applicants as needed.

  • Supervises, coordinates, and participates in the development and implementation of community relations and crime prevention programs.

  • Protects the property and lives of community members by patrolling assigned areas and addressing any suspicious persons and/or establishments. Interviews persons with complaints or inquiries and directs them to proper authorities if needed.

  • Enforces rules, regulations, ordinances, codes and laws as set forth in the Washoe Tribe Law and Order Code, State of Nevada and the Federal Rules and Regulation Act within the jurisdiction of Washoe Tribal lands.

  • Responds to incidents including fire, theft, automobile accidents, robberies, disturbances, and any other misdemeanors or felonies and secures the scene of the crime.

  • Conducts preliminary investigations, gathers evidence, obtains witnesses, and makes arrests as required by applicable laws.

  • Testifies in court to present evidence or testify against persons accused of criminal activity.

  • Conducts investigations in vice activities, narcotics, traffic, burglary, or reported incidents as assigned.

  • Conducts routine checks of local businesses, residences, and government agencies. Investigates specific areas or conditions causing juvenile delinquency.

  • Maintains positive relations with community members and agencies by educating and providing information on crime prevention and related issues.

  • Transports violators to and from court, rehabilitation sites, or jail facilities. Serves court papers, warrants, or subpoenas as required.

  • Maintains appropriate documentation on incidents as required by policies and procedures. Generates reports as needed.

  • Leads civilian personnel work assignments as assigned.

  • Attends training classes and seminars on police methods, techniques, safety, first aide, marksmanship, and related law enforcement activity.

  • Communicates with local, state, regional, and outside agencies and assists as needed.

  • Inspects all personnel and equipment for the serviceability and professionalism. Assumes command of the department in the absence of the Captain, and performs other related duties as required.

  • Assists in hosting regular staff meetings to ensure communication among personnel regarding departmental activities.

  • Conducts preliminary performance evaluations of staff, recommending disciplinary actions, staff changes, or reassignments.

  • Improves staff effectiveness by coaching, counseling, training and recommending disciplinary action for employees; planning, delegating, monitoring, and appraising job tasks and results in a timely manner.

  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by conducting research; attending seminars, educational workshops, classes and conferences; reviewing professional publications; establishing networks; participating in professional societies; conferring with representatives of contracting agencies and related organizations.

  • Contributes to a team effort and accomplishes related results as required.

  • Performs other duties as required.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of traditional form of government and tribal customs and traditions.

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, county and local laws, regulations, and requirements.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of police/law enforcement and administration, including employee supervision and training.

  • Knowledge of police operations principles and practices including investigation, patrol, communications, records, community/public relations, and crime prevention.

  • Knowledge of equipment used in law enforcement, including weapons, communications, computers, and vehicles. Proficient in firearm safety enforcement/regulatory agencies, departmental staff, tribal officials, and the public.

  • Knowledge of business English, proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and basic arithmetic.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships with individuals of varying social and cultural backgrounds and with co-workers at all levels.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

  • Ability to demonstrate moral character, honesty, tact, fairness, lack of prejudice and desire to help when dealing with people.

  • Ability to demonstrate excellence in everything, and continually seek improvement in results.

  • Ability to work extended hours and various work schedules.

  • Ability to rapidly adjust to varying work schedules and psychological and physical stress of work.

  • Ability to make intelligent and effective decisions in routine and emergency situations.

  • Ability to prepare accurate, complete and legible reports.

  • Ability to accept the dangers and stresses, regimentation, discipline, and time demands of police work.

  • Skill in operating business computers and office machines, including in a Windows environment, specifically Word, Excel, Access, and presentation software (such as PowerPoint).

  • Skill in supervising assigned staff.

  • Skill in providing leadership to, supervising, training, and evaluating assigned staff.

  • Skill in understanding and interpreting complex statutes, ordinances, regulations, and standards.

  • Skill in evaluating operations and programs to determine if they meet desired needs.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee occasionally is required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed both in an office setting with a moderate noise level and in an outdoor setting where exposure to natural weather conditions and various dusts and mists will occur. Prolonged standing and walking may be on uneven surfaces or unstable ground, in remote, steep, rugged, mountainous areas with unimproved dirt roads and trails. Situations may occur where prolonged sitting, driving, walking, or waiting is required. Evening, weekend, and/or holiday work will be required. There is frequent interaction with the public. Travel may be required for training, meetings, conferences, presentations, and other events.