Police Sergeant (Lateral)-Town of Queen Creek (AZ)

For detailed information on this recruitment process, please visit the QCPD Recruitment page on the Town’s website.  Additional information about this exciting opportunity can be found in the QCPD Recruitment Handout.


This recruitment will remain open until all nine (9) positions are filled.  The first review of applications is on January 19, 2021 and weekly thereafter.  This posting will remain open until all positions are filled, but may close without notice.

In addition to completing the online application, candidates will also need to:

  • Complete the AZ POST Statement of Personal History via my.azpost.gov.
  • Complete the QCPD Authorization of Release. A notary will be required to complete this form. This form will be collected during the testing process. Incomplete forms will not be processed.

The starting salary for the Police Sergeant (Lateral) will be market competitive, depending on experience and qualifications of the candidate. The full range is from $84,609 – $104,550 annualized. This job classification is FLSA Non-Exempt.

Hiring Bonus ($2,000):

  • $1,000 in your first paycheck.
  • Additional $1,000 after successful completion of your probation.

Additional Compensation:

  • Shift Differential Pay

– Swing Shift: $0.30 per hour
– Graveyard shift: $0.50 per hour

  • Overtime, Callout, Stand-By, and other Premium Pay

Paid Vacation and Sick Time:

  • At the time of hire, each new sworn employee will receive a one-time addition of 60 hours of vacation and 60 hours of sick time.
  • Vacation accrual rates will also be adjusted based on prior full years of (sworn) service.


If you are having technical (computer-related) difficulties while completing the online application, please contact the governmentjobs.com “Applicant Support Line” at 1-855-524-5627.

As assigned by the Chief of Police, Sergeants are responsible for first-line supervision of designated personnel responsible for law enforcement services. Assignments may include, but are not limited to patrol, traffic, tactical, and other field operations: criminal investigations, threat mitigation, and task force operations, community services and crime prevention, administration, school resource, training, internal oversight, and other support assignments.


Examples of Duties

TYPICAL CLASS ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary; and employees are responsible for all other duties as assigned).

  • Assigns, supervises, evaluates, inspects, and coordinates the activities of a unit, squad, or team of the Police Department;
  • Instructs and assists subordinates in all aspects of their duties;
  • Supervises employees and coordinates personnel-related activities to include, but not limited to: approving work schedules; recommending or approving personnel actions; coaching, counseling, and mentoring; establishing performance goals; conducting performance evaluations; monitoring workplace safety; and managing and prioritizing operational activities;
  • Monitors, intervenes in, and reports any cases of misconduct, neglect of duty, incompetence, and violations of general orders and department rules and regulations;
  • Ensures staffing coverage for assigned shifts/teams and the deployment of employees into appropriate areas;
  • Reviews and supervises investigations, approves reports, monitors case status/progress, and provides appropriate case management/coverage.
  • Develops, reviews, and manages data, records, and reports related to unit/team activities and performance;
  • Keeps subordinates informed of new or updated laws, courts decisions, department policies, division procedures, and other important notifications;
  • Ensures compliance with all Town, State, and Federal laws, codes, and regulations;
  • Ensures compliance with all Town and Departmental rules, procedures and guidelines;
  • Embraces the Town’s and Department’s mission, vision and values;
  • Conducts administrative duties including team meetings, briefings, training, and inspections;
  • Supervises efficiency and effectiveness of officers responding to or handling calls-for-service;
  • Supervises law enforcement activities related to crimes in progress, field incidents, self-initiated activity, proactive mitigation, community outreach, threat assessments, active intelligence gathering, civil process, investigations, and other calls-for-service;
  • When appropriate, monitors radio transmissions, calls-for-service, and self-initiated activity;
  • Responds to and manages emergency/crisis situations;
  • Assists and directs subordinates with calls for service, ongoing investigations, and other related activity;
  • Supervises special projects, tasks, or other assignments;
  • Provides appropriate notifications for critical incidents or other designated situations;
  • Represents the police department and serves as a liaison with other Town departments, externally agencies, community leaders, businesses, and other stakeholders;
  • Participates in community events and meetings;
  • Responds to questions, provides information, resolves complaints, and promotes positive public and community relations;
  • Performs and supervises internal investigations and critical incident reviews;
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


Typical Qualifications

Training and Experience (positions in this class typically require):

  • High School Diploma or GED;
  • Associates Degree in Criminal Justice, Police Sciences, Criminology, Public Administration, Business Management, or a closely related field from an accredited college; OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job (such as those listed above);
  • Three (3) years of sworn law enforcement experience;
  • One (1) year of supervisory experience as a sworn sergeant or above in a law enforcement agency of comparable size or larger; OR at least (2) years as an acting/interim supervisor or lead detective/officer in a law enforcement agency of comparable size or larger (time can be contiguous or cumulative; but must have occurred within the past five years).

Licensing Requirements (positions in this class typically require):

  • Valid Arizona Driver’s License
  • Must be certified as an Arizona Police Officer within three (3) months of hire and continue to maintain Arizona Peace Officer and Standards Training (AZ POST) standards.
  • For AZPOST certification, out-of-state candidates (or expired AZ peace officers) will be required to complete the AZPOST waiver process which includes firearms qualification (day, night, target ID/discrimination), tactical driving qualification, a Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT), a written test, and documentation for (academy) equivalency training standards.


Supplemental Information

Knowledge (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of modern municipal police administration, including mission, vision, objectives, policies, procedures, and operations;
  • Principles and practices of leadership, supervision, and training;
  • Principal-based leadership and ethical decision-making;
  • Local, state and federal laws as applicable to municipal law enforcement;   contemporary legal issues, such as criminal, civil, and labor laws, and municipal ordinances that affect police agencies;
  • Police Department functions, procedures, policies, goals, organization, general orders, and rules and regulations;
  • Methods, objectives, and procedures of law enforcement practices;
  • Methods, objectives, and procedures of court proceedings;
  • Laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, search and seizure, and the rules of evidence;
  • Police methods and procedures related to patrol, traffic control, investigation, and identification techniques;
  • The operation and capabilities of the various types of equipment used by a police department;
  • Effective methods of planning, training, assigning and directing the personnel and equipment for the most efficient community policing efforts;
  • Management techniques and options to successfully motivate and supervise staff;
  • Personnel related laws and policies;
  • Customer service principles and practice;
  • Contemporary job-related software, hardware, and other IT equipment;
  • The geography and demographics of the Town.

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Problem solving, decision making, planning, and program implementation;
  • The use and care of firearms;
  • Emergency driving and general operation of a motor vehicle;
  • Supervising, directing, and managing individuals, workgroups, and teams;
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards;
  • Providing leadership and mentoring;
  • Managing time effectively while remaining agile and flexible;
  • Applying investigation techniques;
  • Building consensus and cultivating adaptability;
  • Communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Computer software including word processing, spreadsheet and database applications;
  • Managing stressful and complex situations;
  • Effectively analyzing and resolving operational and procedural problems.

Physical Requirements
Very Heavy Work: Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Positions in this class typically require: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Incumbents may be subject to hazardous physical conditions (mechanical parts, electrical currents, vibration, etc.), atmospheric conditions (fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and poor ventilation), hazardous materials (chemicals, blood and body fluids, etc.), extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, workspace restrictions, intense noise, travel, and environmental dangers (disruptive people, imminent danger, threatening environment).

Note: These physical requirements are meant to represent the entire classification and not all of these may be attributed to every single body of work included in the classification.

Special Requirements
This position has been identified as a safety-sensitive position by Human Resources, per State and/or Federal Law. The candidate selected will be required to undergo testing for alcohol and controlled substances.

A thorough background investigation will also be conducted and will include a polygraph exam, psychological examination, an AZPOST medical examination, and testing for alcohol and controlled substances.

Out-of-state candidates will also be required to complete a physical agility assessment as part of the testing process.

The above job description is intended to represent only the key areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the business needs of the department.