CLASSIFICATION: STATE POLICE MAJOR
Class Code: 8406-31 Date Established: 01-06-93
Occupational Code: 3-3-5 Date of Last Revision: 04-07-08
BASIC PURPOSE: To oversee and administer all law enforcement activities within a specified state police bureau, with responsibility for direction and control of assigned units.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
· Serves as Commanding Officer of an established Bureau within the Division with the responsibility for all operational-related matters.
· Develops, implements, and evaluates law enforcement plans and programs; recommends revisions in policies and procedures to Director and Executive Major.
· Oversees the implementation of training programs for law enforcement personnel.
· Develops and implements bureau operational and contingency plans, including dispatching personnel, equipment and supplies as required to accomplish agency goals and objectives.
· Supervises and coordinates all investigations relating to criminal activities and bureau personnel.
· Coordinates law enforcement activities with other law enforcement agencies and, when necessary, directs field efforts.
· Performs all characteristic duties and responsibilities outlined by the class specification for State Police Trooper as mandated by necessity or as assigned.
Skill: Requires skill in evaluating, planning, or integrating analysis of data to formulate current and long-range solutions, strategies, or policies of a specialized or technical nature.
Knowledge: Requires logical or scientific understanding to analyze problems of a specialized or professional nature in a particular field.
Impact: Requires responsibility for achieving major aspects of long-range agency objectives by planning short- and long-term organizational goals, reviewing recommendations for procedural changes, and developing or revising program policies. Errors at this level result in incorrect decisions at an administrative level, and are detected subsequent to implementation in an overall evaluation process.
Supervision: Requires delegating supervisory or program responsibilities to subordinate managers, with overall accountability for hiring employees or approving program policies. The supervisor in this position assumes responsibility for an organizational unit, including developing long-range plans, analyzing staffing requirements, and formulating systemwide policies and procedures.
Working Conditions: Requires performing regular job functions in a controlled environment with minimal exposure to disagreeable job elements and little risk of hazard to physical or mental health.
Physical Demands: Requires light work, including continuous walking or operating simple equipment for extended periods of time as well as occasional strenuous activities such as reaching or bending.
Communication: Requires acting as the official representative of the agency, including explaining and defending current and long-range goals or objectives which directly affect public policy decisions regarding major state programs and services.
Complexity: Requires formulating the combination of overall job functions in order to address highly diverse or novel situations requiring new concepts and imaginative approaches to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems.
Independent Action: Requires administrative decision-making in authorizing and monitoring the implementation of major departmental policies and procedures.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university with a major field of study preferably in criminal justice or the equivalent.
Experience: Seven years’ of experience as a State Police Trooper. Must currently hold the rank of Captain. Each additional year of approved work experience may be substituted for one year of required formal education. Approved work experience includes full time law enforcement or active duty US military.
License/Certification: Valid New Hampshire driver’s license.
1. Must possess police officer certification issued by the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council OR be in possession of a police officer certification from a recognized jurisdiction.
2. Service record must be free of any major infractions of divisional discipline for the past seven years.
RECOMMENDED WORK TRAITS: Considerable knowledge of agency rules and regulations governing the Division of State Police. Knowledge of state provisions for emergency situations. Knowledge of the laws of arrest and evidence. Knowledge of state laws relating to the enforcement of criminal and traffic laws. Knowledge of criminal identification techniques and methods to identify and preserve evidence. Knowledge of the principles and methods of crime and traffic accident investigation. Knowledge of probation, parole and court procedures, including court decisions pertaining to law enforcement. Elementary knowledge of criminal behavior. Skill in presenting oral and physical evidence in court. Skill in proper interviewing and interrogating techniques. Skill in making quick, accurate decisions. Skill in the proper use and care of firearms. Skill in conducting investigations and in recognizing, identifying and preserving evidence of crime. Skill in using police communications equipment. Skill in life saving techniques. Ability to perform physically demanding tasks. Ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and at high speeds. Ability to learn the use of firearms and other law enforcement equipment. Ability to exercise tact, diplomacy and impartiality in relation to others. Ability to make decisions based on common sense and good judgment. Ability to resolve stressful situations. Ability to comprehend and comply with written and oral directions. Ability to comply with and enforce federal, state and local laws. Ability to increase competency through training and instruction. Ability to communicate orally and in writing. Ability to take orders and accept supervision. Ability to withstand long periods of uninterrupted work. Ability to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with federal, state, county and local agencies. Must be willing to maintain appearance appropriate to assigned duties and responsibilities as determined by the agency appointing authority.
RECOMMENDED SUPERVISORY WORK TRAITS: Knowledge of the principles and practices of police administration. Knowledge of the uses and capabilities of specialized police equipment and instruments. Skill in supervising and instructing subordinate personnel. Ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates. Ability to analyze police problems and plan effective course of action. Ability to deal with individuals firmly and tactfully. Ability to lead during emergencies. Ability to analyze statistics and to plan for assignments of personnel. Ability to train subordinate personnel. Ability to organize work units into effective teams.
DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: This class specification is descriptive of general duties and is not intended to list every specific function of this class title.