Profession police inspector

police inspector

Police inspectors plan, organise, supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

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Personality Type

Tasks police inspector

  • Plan and organize the resources and activities for general policing for an area or functional unit.
  • Liaise with senior officers to determine staff, financial and other needs.
  • Direct and coordinate the detection, prevention and investigation of crime, offering guidance and expertise, and ensuring that procedures are conducted in accordance with laws and regulations.
  • Direct collection, preparation and handling of evidence, conduct raids and order detention of witnesses and suspects for questioning.
  • Establish contacts and sources of information concerning crimes planned or committed.
  • Prepare the documentation required for lawsuits and cooperate with prosecutors.
  • Control, monitor and evaluate the work of subordinate officers, and authorize promotions and transfers.
  • Inform personnel of changes in regulations and policies, implications of new or amended laws, and new techniques of police work, and train staff in proper police work procedures.
  • Investigate and resolve personnel problems within the organization and charges of misconduct against staff.
  • Maintain logs, prepare reports, direct the preparation, handling and maintenance of departmental records, and manage unit's other administrative tasks.
  • Develop, implement and revise departmental policies and procedures.

Related professions police

  • Détective
  • First line supervisor of police inspectors or detectives
  • First line supervisor of police officers
  • Inquiry police agent
  • Local police officer
  • National police officer
  • Police officer
  • Regional police officer
  • Road traffic police officer
  • Transit, port or railroad police officer
  • Underwater search and rescue diver


  • Law enforcement

    The different organisations involved in law enforcement, as well as the laws and regulations in law enforcement procedures.

  • Criminology

    The study of criminal behaviour, such as its causes and nature, its consequences, and control and prevention methods.

  • Investigation research methods

    The methods and strategies used to conduct police, government intelligence or military investigation research, as well as the research regulations specific to the operation.

  • Legal use-of-force

    The characteristics of the use-of-force, which is a legal doctrine employed by police and army forces, to regulate acts of violence during interventions. Use-of-force is ought to balance security needs with ethical concerns for the rights and well-being of intruders or suspects.


  • Form operational strategies for law enforcement

    Form strategies to turn laws and regulations into operational goals and plans of action to ensure that the law is complied with and offenders receive the correct sentence, fine or other consequence.

  • Analyse legal evidence

    Analyse evidence, such as evidence in criminal cases, legal documentation regarding a case, or other documentation that can be regarded as evidence, in order to obtain a clear image of the case and reach resolutions.

  • Hear witness accounts

    Hear witness accounts during a court hearing or during an investigation to assess the significance of the account, its impact on the case under scrutiny or investigation, and to aid in reaching a conclusion.

  • Manage staff

    Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.

  • Handle evidence

    Handle evidence important for a case in a manner compliant with regulations, in order to not affect the state of the evidence in question and to ensure its pristine condition and usability in the case.

  • Examine crime scenes

    Examine crime scenes upon arrival to ensure they are not tampered with, and to perform the initial assessments and analyses of what may have occurred, as well as examining the nature of the evidence present.

  • Develop investigation strategy

    Develop strategies used in an investigation to gather information and intelligence in the most productive way, compliant with legislation, ensuring that the strategy is adapted to each individual case in order to obtain intelligence as efficiently and quickly as possible.

  • Ensure law application

    Ensure the laws are followed, and where they are broken, that the correct measures are taken to ensure compliance to the law and law enforcement.

Optional knowledge and skills

comply with legal regulations identify security threats use personal protection equipment lead police investigations conduct research interview detain offenders ensure information security coordinate patrols investigate forgery cases conduct public presentations write situation reports drug investigations present evidence apply knowledge of human behaviour maintain operational communications train employees undertake inspections ensure compliance with types of weapons restrain individuals practice vigilance criminal law

Source: Sisyphus ODB