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Working As A Desk Sergeant

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $87,000

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Desk Sergeant does

  • Escort or drive motor vehicle to transport individuals to specified locations and to provide personal protection.
  • Enforced traffic laws during normal, emergency or special events.
  • Investigated motor vehicle accidents, minor crimes, and incidents.
  • Served as first or primary contact in emergency situations.
  • Manage law enforcement equipment liable of $250,000.
  • Explain laws and police procedures to citizens.
  • Head of security of flight line as area supervisor.
  • Monitored base wide alarm systems.
  • Informed Provost Marshall of serious incidents that dealt with personnel, installations security, and threats to military operations.
  • Traffic control enforcement Issue tickets and citations.
  • Centralize Operation Police Suite and JSIDS alarm system.
  • Work at the COMSEC Facility where it was required to have a TOP SECRET CLEARANCE, which I possessed.
  • Supervised daily police activities as a desk sergeant.
  • Operated and maintained multiple phone lines, including customer service and 911 emergency calls.
  • Served as Desk Sergeant in a Combat Support Military Police Company.
  • Prepared and distributed the police blotter.
  • Monitor close circuit television (CCTV).
  • Provided police services to over 3,000 USAF members and supported 7,000 personnel and 6,000 visitors.
  • Supervised all Law and Order operations.
  • Utilized knowledge of the COPS and CLEOC to retrieve information and complete reports on the systems.

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Desk Sergeant Career Paths

Desk Sergeant
Non-Commissioned Officer Section Chief Superintendent
Operations Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Instructor Officer
Senior Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Non-Commissioned Officer Technician Officer
Operations Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Security Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Officer Security Supervisor
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Investigator Security Manager
Security Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Loss Prevention Officer Security Supervisor
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Adjunct Professor Training Manager
Train Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Safety Officer Operations Officer
Division Chief
9 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Operation Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Platoon Sergeant Chief Of Operations
Chief Deputy
8 Yearsyrs
Sergeant Investigator Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Military Police Investigator Security Manager
Chief Of Security
8 Yearsyrs
Military Police Recruiter Procurement Agent
Supply Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Military Police Force Protection Officer Platoon Leader
Transportation Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Emergency Medical Technician Safety Supervisor
Director Of Public Safety
10 Yearsyrs
Correction Officer Correction Lieutenant Correctional Officer Captain
Warden
6 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Patrol Officer Liaison Officer
Deputy Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Guard Security Specialist Securities Consultant
Corporate Security Manager
11 Yearsyrs
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Desk Sergeant Demographics

Gender

Male

73.3%

Female

18.7%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.8%

Asian

6.2%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.0%

Korean

37.5%

Tagalog

12.5%

Desk Sergeant Education

Schools

Community College of the Air Force

25.5%

University of Phoenix

9.4%

Central Texas College

8.5%

Ashford University

8.1%

American University

7.2%

The Academy

7.2%

University of Maryland - University College

5.5%

Columbia Southern University

4.3%

Liberty University

3.4%

Wayland Baptist University

2.6%

Grand Canyon University

2.6%

Kaplan University

2.1%

Southern New Hampshire University

2.1%

Saint Leo University

2.1%

Upper Iowa University

1.7%

Colorado Technical University

1.7%

Bellevue University

1.7%

Park University

1.7%

University of the District of Columbia

1.3%

American Public University System

1.3%
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Majors

Criminal Justice

43.8%

Business

14.3%

Management

4.7%

General Studies

4.0%

Information Technology

4.0%

Homeland Security

4.0%

Psychology

3.7%

Law Enforcement

2.8%

Medical Technician

2.1%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Nursing

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Political Science

1.6%

Counseling Psychology

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Automotive Technology

1.4%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Law

1.4%

Electrical Engineering

1.2%

Finance

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.5%

Other

26.0%

Associate

23.8%

Masters

10.9%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Desk Sergeant

  1. Personnel Files
  2. Law Enforcement
  3. Emergency Situations
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  • Provided patrolmen information using Air Force and New Mexico Law Enforcement Terminal Systems and monitored Enhanced 911 emergency reporting system.
  • Coordinated with other local and base emergency agencies to facilitate service to visitors and base populace during emergency situations.
  • Implemented established control procedures and allowed access into headquarters complex and command general's residential compound.
  • Prepared police reports, blotters, and records for review by Chief of Police of the Fort Irwin Police Department.
  • Maintained police blotters containing detailed information on daily emergency situations, personnel information, and patrol responses.

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