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Police Sergeant

The Town of Purcellville, Virginia is pleased to announce that it is seeking the position of Police Sergeant.

Under the general direction of the Chief of Police, the Police Sergeant supervises a squad of police officers involved in patrol duties, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, and related functions; Performs specialized duties as assigned; Reports directly to the Police Lieutenant and through chain of command to the Chief of Police.


  • Performs all the tasks of a police officer engaged in patrol operations, traffic enforcement, and criminal investigation to ensure the maintenance of order, enforcement of laws, prevention of crime, and protection of life and property; 
  • Serves as immediate supervisor for police officers on an assigned squad; Mentors, counsels, and coaches subordinates; Develops new leaders;
  • Supervises, coordinates, and ensures the emergency police response to critical incidents, crime scenes, and traffic incidents; Directs and assigns personnel, resources and equipment;
  • Communicates and coordinates effectively in order to preserve life and property; Evaluates the need for additional resources and requests them when necessary; Makes notifications; Serves as Incident Commander until relieved by competent authority;
  • Manages squad administrative and personnel matters; Ensures adequate staffing levels are met and maintained; Manages subordinates’ leave and vacation requests;
  • Conducts roll call; Designates duty assignments and posts; Communicates legal, regulation and policy changes; Notifies subordinates of officer safety bulletins and related threats;
  • Approves reports, summonses, and a wide range of work-related products for accuracy, completeness, compliance with departmental standards, and overall quality;
  • Closely monitors subordinates’ job performance, productivity and quality of work; Documents superior and substandard performance; Nominates subordinates for appropriate commendations and awards; Identifies deficiencies and training opportunities; Makes recommendations for improvement; Develops action plans; Implements remedial training; Documents and monitors progress; Completes performance evaluations;
  • Maintains accurate and current personnel files and records; Collects and retains documents and communications relevant to employee performance;
  • Investigates complaints against employees of the Police Department; Prepares and submits comprehensive investigative reports and summaries;
  • Analyzes criminal activity and crash data; Prepares reports and makes recommendations regarding staff and equipment allocation; Identifies training and resource needs; Develops solutions and training programs.
  • Represents the Department at special events, public speaking engagements, and meetings with community and business organizations; Supervises and coordinates community outreach;
  • Performs supervisory and non-supervisory ancillary duties and tasks as assigned.


  • Knowledge of: Principles, practices, techniques and equipment used in law enforcement; patrol, crime scene and follow-up investigation; pursuit and apprehension of suspects; laws, codes, regulations and court rulings governing suspect and prisoner rights, search and seizure, and rules of evidence; basic supervisory principles and practices, safety practices and precautions pertaining to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms; training and motivation; administration and evaluation; juvenile procedures. 
  • Skill in: Planning, assigning, directing and reviewing the work of others; training others in work procedures; assessing emergency circumstances and developing, implementing and directing appropriate response strategies; remaining calm and taking appropriate action in difficult situations; dealing effectively with people of all socio-economic levels in hostile and emergency situations; reading, interpreting and applying complex laws, procedures and policies; making rapid sound independent judgments within legal and procedural guidelines; maintaining accurate records and preparing clear and concise reports and written materials; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.  
  • Ability to: Analyze and respond to stressful situations in a timely and accurate manner; communicate effectively with subordinates, supervisors and public officials, Town staff, other public agencies and members of the community; continuously meet the minimum Department standards for firearms use; physically control suspects who are actively resisting arrest; work extended and irregular hours; perform related duties as required.


Position: Police Sergeant
Organization: Town of Purcellville
Location: Purcellville,  VA 
United States
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and certification.
Posting Start Date: 7/27/2020
Date Posted: 7/29/2020
The assessment center format used to establish a list of eligible candidates may include but is not limited to; written exercises, an oral presentation, and a structured panel interview.

Each element will be scored independently and combined to determine the final score for each candidate. Candidates will be placed in one of three categories; Highly Qualified, Qualified or Not Qualified. 

Orientation will be available to all applicants, however, candidates are not required to participate.

A one (1) year eligibility list will be established. The list may be extended for an additional year as determined by the Chief of Police.

Testing will take place during the week of September 7, 2020. Candidates will be notified prior to the testing dates of reporting times and locations.

Upon the establishment of an eligibility list, candidates will be afforded the opportunity for feedback.

Internal Candidates have appeal rights as established by General Order 134, Section III, 11 and 12.

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to:
  • Graduation from high school or a G.E.D. issued by a state department of education, bachelor degree preferred; Three (3) years of sworn experience as a Purcellville Police Officer; or a total of five (5) years of sworn law enforcement experience from a law enforcement agency.
  • Internal candidates on a probationary status in a current rank may participate in the process but are not eligible for promotion until the completion of the probationary period.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Must possess a current Virginia Law Enforcement Certification
  • Must meet and maintain minimum qualifications and training standards for the position as established by the Department.

Work requires exertion in moving an excess of 100 pounds occasionally, in excess of 50 pounds of force frequently, and in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, and repetitive motions; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels, and to receive detailed information through oral communications and/or to make fine distinctions in sound; visual acuity is required for depth perception, color perception, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machines, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities; the worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions, oils, and wearing a self-contained breathing apparatus.  
Reasonable accommodation may be made for individuals with disabilities.

Salary is commensurate with experience and certification. The Town offers an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, VRS retirement, fully-paid life insurance, deferred compensation, supplemental benefit options, paid time off and 13+ holidays a year.
Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 21, 2020.
Purcellville is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Town of Purcellville, Virginia
“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of over 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for its green initiatives with most recently being the Tree City USA recipient for the 12th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is recognized as one of the safest towns in Virginia. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at www.purcellvilleva.gov.
Status: This listing expires on: 8/19/2020
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Organization Information
Town of Purcellville
221 S. Nursery Ave.

Purcellville,  VA 20132
United States
(540) 751-2317
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