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CAPITOL POLICE SERGEANT

Class Title: CAPITOL POLICE SERGEANT
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 038616

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school and experience equivalent to three years of full-time work in law enforcement or in providing protection and security for individuals, buildings, grounds, offices, or work areas; qualifying coursework in a criminal justice field from an accredited college, university, or technical institute may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two years. (Forty-five quarter hours, including at least nine quarter hours of criminal justice coursework, is required for a one year substitution. Ninety quarter hours, including at least fifteen quarter hours of criminal justice coursework, is required for a two year substitution.)
Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications:

Applicants for this class must:

1. be willing to and able to qualify with, carry, and use assigned weapons.

2. be at least twenty-one (21) years of age on the date of application.

3. be a citizen of the United States.

4. have a good moral character, as determined by investigation.

5. complete a criminal history disclosure form in a manner approved by the appointing authority.

6. agree to release all records involving their criminal history to the appointing authority.

7. supply a fingerprint sample in a manner prescribed by the TBI for a fingerprint based criminal history records check.

8. have no conviction for a felony or have been discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States armed forces.

9. pass a physical examination administered by a licensed physician that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position.

10. pass a psychological evaluation administered by a licensed mental health professional that is consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act and that relates to the essential functions of the position.

11. submit to and pass a pre-employment screening test for use of illegal drugs.

12. have visual acuity of 20/100 in each eye, separately without glasses, and each eye corrected to 20/30 or better with corrective lenses.

13. possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license at the time of appointment in some positions.

14. upon appointment, successfully complete a prescribed course of instruction at the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy or have successfully completed the equivalent of the prescribed course.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Career Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under general supervision, is responsible for supervisory security work of average difficulty; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: An employee in this class acts as part of a special security force in supervising a small staff of Capitol Police Officers providing security services for the Tennessee State Capitol Building and grounds and the Tennessee Legislative Plaza. This class differs from Capitol Police Officer in that an incumbent of the latter functions at the working level. This class reports to and differs from Capitol Police Assistant Chief in that the incumbent of the latter assists in directing all operations and activities of the Capitol Police Force.

Work Activities: 1. Supervises and participates in walking security duties; supervises and participates in the surveillance of building and grounds to spot incidences of break-ins, theft, and other criminal activities.

2. Apprehends and arrests suspects when necessary; detains suspects until other state or local law enforcement officers arrive.

3. Supervises and participates in the performance of investigations; assists investigators with more detailed investigations.

4. Supervises and participates in providing security for state legislators, legislative staff, other government officials and employees, and visiting dignitaries.

5. Provides information and directions to members of the public and visiting governmental officials.

6. Supervises and participates in establishing and maintaining a variety of personal contacts with state officials and employees and with the general public; testifies in court on cases in which involved.

7. Supervises and participates in establishing and maintaining a variety of records and reports such as scheduling reports, sign-in logs, incident reports and investigative reports.

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