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Law Enforcement Highway Patrol Manager


Basic Purpose

Positions in this job family are assigned responsibilities involving the direction of law enforcement operations and activities in the Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety.  This may include supervising or directing highway patrol activities in a Highway Patrol District or other assigned area or performing a technical or specialized staff function of equivalent complexity.

Typical Functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Supervises the activities of Highway Patrol and Public Safety personnel in an assigned geographical Patrol District; plans, organizes, and directs traffic enforcement and other law enforcement activities in the district; maintains discipline and ensures compliance with standards.
  • Plans, organizes and directs Highway Patrol operations in an assigned zone consisting of two or more highway patrol troops; reviews procedures and reports in the assigned area; coordinates patrol activities within the assigned area, including operational procedures and use of various communications services and equipment.
  • Directs the operations of an assigned shift or within an assigned area, with responsibility for the supervision of lower level supervisors; provides for appropriate staffing and work schedules to meet requirements for law enforcement officers in an assigned area.
  • Provides supervision or direction for a specialized unit, program or function; provides technical assistance in the completion of various projects or other requirements.
  • Represents the division or the agency on committees, at seminars or at meetings; maintains liaison with other law enforcement agencies or officials; speaks before school groups, civic clubs and other organizations concerning law enforcement operations and activities.

Level Descriptors

The Law Enforcement Highway Patrol Manager job family consists of two levels which are distinguished based on the complexity of job assignments, the expertise required to perform assigned duties and the responsibility assigned for the supervision or direction of law enforcement functions.

Level I: Code: G54A Salary Band: NA

At this level employees are assigned responsibilities as a Patrol Captain involving the management and direction of law enforcement activities and operations of the Highway Patrol in an assigned geographical area or in performing a technical or specialized staff function of equivalent complexity.  Supervision will be provided to assigned first-level supervisors who are directly responsible for the supervision of assigned staff in performing various law enforcement duties and activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required at this level include knowledge of the purpose, organization, procedures and regulations of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol; of Oklahoma motor vehicle laws; of pertinent state and federal criminal laws and related court decisions; of modern police methods and procedures; of the Oklahoma highway system and major points of interest; of other law enforcement agencies; of emergency facility locations; and of administrative and supervisory principles and procedures.  Ability to direct the activities of a Highway Patrol District; to interpret and apply the various provisions of the Oklahoma Motor vehicle laws and pertinent state criminal laws; to gather and organize facts and complete clear, concise reports; to quickly analyze situations and adopt effective courses of action; to speak in public; and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of seven years of experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, including one year in a supervisory capacity and two years of experience in any combination as a Highway Patrol Officer Level III or lower rank.

Level II

Education and Experience requirements for appointment at this level consist of ten years of experience as a commissioned law enforcement officer with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Division, including two years of experience in any combination as an Assistant Commissioner of Public Safety or Highway Patrol Manager Level I (Captain).

Special Requirements

Some positions may require that applicants:

(1)     Successfully complete a psychological evaluation similar to the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (70 O.S. Supp. 1989, Section 3311 D.2.b).

(2)     Have no record of conviction of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude (70 O.S. Supp. 1989, Section 3311 D.2.a).

(3)     Successfully take and pass a driving test, vision test, oral interview, background investigation and polygraph examination, all as established and prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Safety.

(4)     Be willing to attend and successfully complete a course of training as prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Safety and must either be certified as a Police Officer at time of appointment or must be certified as a Police Officer by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) as defined by 70 O.S. Supp. 1989, Section 3311 D within one year from the date of initial appointment.

(5)     Possess a valid Oklahoma driver’s license at time of appointment.

(6)     The maximum age of initial employment of any person employed as a Police Officer (DPS) shall be thirty-five years of age (47 O.S. Supp. 1989, Section 2-105.3(B)).

(7)     Submit to and successfully pass a controlled substance screening conducted by a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) certified laboratory (47 O.S. Supp. 1990, Section 2-105.5).

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