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City of Torrance
Class Code: 7312

Class Designation: Civil Service

November 2002

Representation Unit: Torrance Police Officers Association


Police Sergeant


Under work assignment supervision, supervises Police Officers and other personnel; responds to public queries and complaints; and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from Police Officer in that an incumbent does not regularly perform routine patrol and traffic work or do other entry level police work. Distinguished from Police Lieutenant in that an incumbent does not have responsibility for a division within the department, review performance reports, division budgets and handle department administrative processes.

Examples Of Duties

  • Supervises police officers and other personnel engaged in investigative, patrol, traffic, records, services, juvenile and administrative functions;
  • Supervises dispatching of police units and personnel to assist public and investigate complaints;
  • Provides information to the public;
  • Assists officers and other personnel in performing their required duties;
  • Performs inspections;
  • Insures compliance with department policies, rules and procedures;
  • Counsels subordinates;
  • Evaluates employee performance.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Criminal law, laws of arrest;
  • Search and seizure procedures;
  • Rules of evidence;
  • Criminal procedures and court decisions;
  • Criminal justice system;
  • Criminal investigation, patrol, juvenile and narcotics procedures;
  • Traffic enforcement;
  • Supervisory and training methods;
  • Department rules, regulations and procedures.
  • Ability to
  • Analyze situations and adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action;
  • Supervise others;
  • Understand and follow directions;
  • Communicate effectively laws, procedures, rules, regulations, orders, etc., to subordinate personnel and the general public;
  • Handle grievances and disciplinary matters.
  • License Required

    A valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's Class C License.


    Four years as a Police Officer. At least three years of the required experience must have been completed on the Torrance Police Department at final filing date for promotional examination.


    Sixty (60) or more college units from an accredited college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, public or business administration, political science, or closely related field; and possession of a POST Intermediate Certificate.