Posted: Jan 15, 2024

Rockford Park District Police: Patrol Sergeant

Rockford Park District - Rockford, IL
Salary: Hourly
Application Deadline: N/A
Title Sergeant
Department Police
Office Location Webbs Norman Center
Reports To Chief of Police
FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Position Description

Direct and supervise the work and activities of patrol officers and perform related work as required.


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned

Performance Management/Development

  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of officers and evaluate their performance.
  • Manage staff by providing coaching, encouragement, direction to officers and effectively addressing issues in accordance with District’s policies and procedures.
  • Provide training and development opportunities for officers to enhance their knowledge skills and abilities strengthening their knowledge on the culture of the Park District. 
  • Collaborates internally with operations to share information, direction, issues, concerns, solutions, etc.
  • Required to attend and participate in District’s meetings, including Rockford Park District Board meetings, when requested.

Operational Excellence

  • Read police reports in detail, checking spelling, grammar, clerical, and elements of report
  • Assigns casework, monitors progress of cases, and assists with interviews
  • Reports on patrol and events, turns into Lieutenant.
  • Investigate criminal activity, perform traffic duties.
  • Attend Community meetings.
  • Ensure officers report to work on time.
  • Coordinate and develop officer training programs, act as classroom instructor when needed, prepare and present staff studies, participates in police officer recruitment and selection.
  • Participate in the development of department goals and policies.
  • Creates Sergeants report on department cases
  • Develops statistical reports for the Police Department
  • Assists in purchasing all equipment for department. Researches equipment and vehicles for purchasing
  • Maintains all of the inventory control for the Police Department

Customer Satisfaction

  • Ensures appropriate communications with victims, offenders, citizens, community groups, 911 center, states attorney, and other law enforcement officers.  
  • Refers citizens to appropriate social agencies
  • Answers citizens’ complaints and questions.
  • Provide general information to citizens and district employees.
  • Prepare presentations for classes and meetings as required.


  • Respond to and monitor officers on scene and assist with determining the appropriate course of action.
  • Attend planning meetings for upcoming events, assist other district divisions with decision to provide police protection for their events.
  • Ensure incident action plans are completed for events.
  • Schedule after action debrief for events 


  • Responds to calls with patrol officers, assists in determining the appropriate course of action, monitoring compliance with department policy
  • Schedules snowmobile safety, hunter safety, motorcycle ATV, bike patrol, and undercover operations
  • Assign work, prepare duty schedules, monitor time records.
  • Inspects personal appearance of employees and holds roll call at beginning of each shift.
  • Review reports of subordinates, maintains bureau records and statistics.
  • Supervises the maintenance of motor vehicles and other equipment.


  • Maintains a working knowledge of the department’s safety procedures. Attend safety training programs and educational in-service trainings as required.



High School Diploma, plus 2-3 years of other schooling, plus 5 years of experience as a Patrol Officer


Critical Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • Considerable knowledge of the laws, policies, rules, and regulations involved in law enforcement work.
  • Possess strong communication skills, written and verbal
  • Ability to assign, instruct, and review the work of subordinates.
  • Ability to analyze complex problems and situations and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with due regard to the surrounding hazards and circumstances.
  • Ability to obtain information through interviews, interrogations, and investigations.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and initiative.
  • Ability to take command of an assigned shift in the absence of a superior officer.
  • Skill in the use and care of firearms.
  • Skill in the use and care of a personal computer.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain a valid driver’s license.
  • Certification as a State of Illinois Police Officer.