Trinidad Colorado

TPD Patrol Sergeant Job Description

City of Trinidad, Colorado

Job Description

Job Title:                    Sergeant - Patrol                            

Reports To:                  Deputy Chief

Department:                Police  

Salary Range:              $21.42 (base pay)

POSITION SUMMARY:  Protects life and property by enforcing all statutes/ordinances and state laws and regulations for which the Police Department is accountable Interprets departmental policies; assists, instructs, and disciplines staff; supervises and participates in general duties; and provides information and assistance to the public.


The mission of every employee at the City of Trinidad is to deliver exceptional value and quality of life through PRIDE. Each employee is measured by the ability to adhere to the City’s core values of Purpose, Responsibility, Integrity, Dependability and Excellence.


  • Demonstrate a high level of customer service; encourage others to focus on the customer; foster an environment where customer service is a priority.
  • Communicate with customers to ensure that where possible they are satisfied and that their needs are being addressed.
  • Act as an ambassador by understanding and fostering the organization’s mission and vision.
  • Exhibit pride in Self, the Department, the City and the Community; conduct self in a professional manner.
  • Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, loyalty and ethical behavior.
  • Address difficult or contentious issues in a constructive manner.
  • Support/promote change; demonstrate flexibility.
  • Participate in personal growth opportunities and attend training designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization.
  • Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered.
  • Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives.
  • Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences.


  • Establish effective interpersonal relationships through honest, open communication and follow-through on commitments.
  • Recognize personal strengths and weaknesses and target areas for personal self-development.
  • Demonstrate initiative in performing job tasks.
  • Exhibit problem-solving skills leading to sound judgment and quality decisions.
  • Achieve goals, handle assigned workload and new assignments effectively; demonstrate an ability to work independently.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals and groups using clear and concise verbal and written communications.
  • Demonstrate accountability for work and take ownership in job performance.
  • Demonstrate concern for the accuracy and quality of work; take steps to correct mistakes and improve the overall product.


  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and make independent decisions based on sound reasoning, good judgment, established procedures and proper interpretation of City ordinances.
  • Ability to perform duties independently and with initiative.
  • Ability to assist in training programs and instruct employees on new equipment.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, while being able to maintain a professional and courteous attitude.
  • Demonstrate strong organization skills and a willingness to be pro-active and accept new challenges.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously with frequent interruptions.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Ability to prioritize projects and daily workload.  
  • Knowledge of computers and programs, utilities, and municipal operations.
  • Operate a Personal Computer and be familiar with current computer software applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook). Set up and type a variety of letters, memos, reports, maintain moderately complex administrative reports from such records.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relations with superiors and subordinates.
  • Knowledge of state, federal, and local laws.
  • Ability to reliably and predictably carry out duties.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED:  Works under the direct supervision of the Lieutenant, Captain, or Deputy Chief.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:   Assists with the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of a city department. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include supervising subordinate supervisors and direct reports include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.  Supervises patrol staff.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required.  The City of Trinidad retains the right to modify or change the essential duties and additional functions of the job at any time without notice.  Examples of duties are not intended to be all-inclusive or restrictive.)

  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, handling employee concerns and problems, assigning work, counseling, and recommending disciplinary and other personnel actions.
  • Explains/interprets general and special orders; instructs or advises new police officers in various phases of patrol operations; maintains discipline.
  • Enforces all City and State codes, ordinances, laws and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security
  • Supervises and participates in general police officer duties, to include  discovering/ preventing commission of crime, apprehending criminals and offenders, writing citations, making arrests, conducting investigations, mediating disputes, administering first aid, and performing traffic control functions.
  • May respond to major calls/complaints involving automobile accidents, misdemeanors and felonies.
  • Assigns officers to patrol zones; assists/instructs officers in conducting accident/criminal investigations; observes work of patrol officers in directing traffic and patrolling heavily traveled streets; takes charge of traffic control at fires in absence of a superior officer.
  • Calls roll at shift commencement; inspects appearance of police officers.
  • Maintains public relations with news media and civic groups; may speak at public gatherings and assemblies; may instruct in safety, first aid, firearms, self-defense, defensive driving, etc.
  • Confers with staff, police officers and others as necessary to obtain information or resolve problems; contacts command/supervisory personnel by radio, telephone, pager/beeper, voice mail, etc., for emergency response and critical incident communications.
  • Communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Responds to questions, complaints and requests for information/assistance by telephone or in person from the general public, court personnel, employees, officials, or other persons.
  • Answers the telephone; provides information, advice and guidance; takes and relays messages and/or directs calls to appropriate personnel; returns calls as necessary.
  • Prepares reports, logs, personnel forms and other documentation; maintains files and logs; performs other clerical duties.
  • Maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, map books, etc., for reference and/or review.
  • Attends meetings, training sessions and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of City/departmental operations, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies and procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.



  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; or four to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Field of criminal justice or related field.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university and one to two years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 


  • Must possess a valid current state-issued driver’s license and not be under suspension, revocation or denial nor have any prior alcohol related driving offenses within the last five years.
  • Successful candidates must pass a background investigation and drug screen prior to employment.
  • Must achieve training standards to maintain license as required by Colorado P.O.S.T. requirements. Must maintain qualification in firearms, first aid, and Intoxilyzer 5000; and maintain a working knowledge of the current laws and department issued policies, procedures and rules.
  • Successful candidates must pass a physical examination in accordance with job duties.


Personal computer, Microsoft Office Suite, and databases; phone; fax and copy machine.  Equipment such as a vehicle, gun, bullet proof vest, radio, baton, Taser, duty belt, or additional prescribed items.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and/or move up to 75 pounds with or without assistance.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Ability to move heavy objects or persons, give chase on foot, and restrain persons within the course of proper police procedures; work in confined areas; walk, sit or stand for long periods of time; possess the physical strength and agility to defend self and/or others in a hostile or combative situation.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals. The employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions; risk of electrical shock, dampness, direct sunlight, dust, pollen, insect stings, and animals. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. This position is subject to being on call or called out during emergency situations.  This position may work nights, holidays, and weekends. Position wears personal protective equipment such as gun, bullet proof vest, radio, baton, taser, duty belt, or prescribed uniforms.