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Career Profile: First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 125,800 people employed as first-line supervisors of police and detectives in the United States. The median annual salary is $93,000. Entry level employees earn approximately $52,610 per year and senior employees earn approximately $152,090 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Prepare budgets and manage expenditures of department funds.
  • Train staff in proper police work procedures.
  • Investigate and resolve personnel problems within organization and charges of misconduct against staff.
  • Inform personnel of changes in regulations and policies, implications of new or amended laws, and new techniques of police work.
  • Maintain logs, prepare reports, and direct the preparation, handling, and maintenance of departmental records.
  • Supervise and coordinate the investigation of criminal cases, offering guidance and expertise to investigators, and ensuring that procedures are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Explain police operations to subordinates to assist them in performing their job duties.
  • Cooperate with court personnel and officials from other law enforcement agencies and testify in court, as necessary.
  • Direct collection, preparation, and handling of evidence and personal property of prisoners.
  • Monitor and evaluate the job performance of subordinates, and authorize promotions and transfers.
  • Review contents of written orders to ensure adherence to legal requirements.
  • Conduct raids and order detention of witnesses and suspects for questioning.
  • Discipline staff for violation of department rules and regulations.
  • Prepare work schedules and assign duties to subordinates.
  • Inspect facilities, supplies, vehicles, and equipment to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Develop, implement, and revise departmental policies and procedures.
  • Meet with civic, educational, and community groups to develop community programs and events, and to discuss law enforcement subjects.
  • Prepare news releases and respond to police correspondence.
  • Requisition and issue equipment and supplies.
  • Direct release or transfer of prisoners.

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Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
125,800
Annual Openings:
9,100
Increase in Openings by 2030:
7%
Annual Salary Range:
$52,610 - $152,090
Education Requirements:
High school diploma