Job Code Pay Scale Group Pay Scale Type Bargaining Unit Civil Service or Non-Civil Service Last Executive Board Change Executive Board Change History
74844 39 CP L4 C 815-36 10/01/2023
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JOB CODE: 74844

SERIES NATURE OF WORK: The Capitol Police Officer job series describes law enforcement work in protecting commonwealth property, facilities, and employees, as well as public officials and members of the general public.

DEFINITION: This is supervisory and command law enforcement work providing police services as a member of the Capitol Police Force.

An employee in this job is a sworn police officer with authority to exercise the powers of arrest and directs the police services of a designated platoon through Capitol Police Officer, Sergeant employees. Work involves directing and participating in criminal investigations, police patrols, traffic and parking regulation enforcement, crowd control measures, visitor assistance, and secure escorts. Work includes participating in the development of policies and procedures relating to police services, establishing standards of police force conduct and operation for an assigned platoon, developing contingency plans to address emergency situations, developing and delivering on-the-job and formal classroom training to Capitol Police Force staff, and enforcing statewide police safety and security programs. Work is reviewed by a superior officer or administrative supervisor through reports, conferences, and inspections.


     • Work is distinguished from lower level jobs in the series by the responsibility for supervising Capitol Police Officer, Sergeant employees.

EXAMPLES OF WORK: (NOTE: The examples of work are representative of the work, but every position classified to this job may not perform all examples of work listed. Conversely, this is not an all-inclusive list of work examples.)

• Directs, through subordinate supervisors, the enforcement of state and local laws, regulations, and rules.

• Develops, coordinates, and conducts formal and on-the-job training for subordinate staff.

• Implements and conveys operational policies and procedures of the Capitol Police Force for the assigned platoon.

• Establishes standards of conduct for the assigned platoon.

• Directs and participates in investigations of crimes, suspected crimes, accidents, and missing person reports which may involve conducting undercover surveillance; prepares and reviews reports of investigation findings.

• Determines investigative procedures and oversees the collection of evidence.

• Provides testimony in court or other legal proceedings.

• Collaborates with federal, state, and local law enforcement authorities.

• Develops contingency plans for emergency situations and special events.

• Prepares and reviews reports of daily activities.

• Operates motor vehicles.

• Performs the full range of supervisory duties.

• Employees in this job may participate in the performance of subordinates’ work consistent with operational or organizational requirements.

• Performs related work as required.


• Knowledge of the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Motor Vehicle Code, local ordinances, and commonwealth regulations.

• Knowledge of laws, rules, and regulations governing criminal investigations and motor vehicle operations.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of criminal investigations, including the identification and preservation of physical evidence.

• Knowledge of safety procedures and legal controls concerning the use of firearms.

• Knowledge of commonwealth contingency plans during emergency situations, including bomb threat recognition and management.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of crowd control and group behavior.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of employee supervision.

• Knowledge of the operation of police communications equipment.

• Knowledge of the principles and practices of employee training including curriculum development and instructional techniques.

• Knowledge of the use and functionality of Microsoft Office Suite software.

• Ability to read and interpret written materials, such as laws and regulations.

• Ability to follow oral and written instructions.

• Ability to use sound judgment in situations involving decision-making, danger, and stress.

• Ability to observe, assess, and evaluate surroundings and accurately recall facts.

• Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

• Ability to effectively communicate orally.

• Ability to effectively communicate in writing.

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: (NOTE: Based on the Entry Level Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities)

• One year as a Capitol Police Officer, Sergeant (commonwealth title);


• Three years as a Capitol Police Officer, Corporal (commonwealth title).


• All positions require possession of an active motor vehicle license.

• All employees in this job must have active Act 120 certification obtained through a training program approved by the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) prior to appointment.