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Advancement: Officer First Class / Deputy First Class



Sometimes referred to as Senior Officer, Master Officer, or Officer I, this is a senior officer whose primary job function is to respond to 911 calls for police service. This officer acts as the senior officer on the shift and calls the shots in the absence of the corporal or sergeant.

Testing Requirements

None. Promotions to Officer First Class / Deputy First Class are generally based on experience and seniority.


Generally, an officer is eligible to be promoted to Officer First Class / Deputy First Class after 2 to 3 years of service with a particular agency. In order to be promoted the officer must have “met standards” on annual performance evaluations, and must continue to meet standards on future evaluations. No negative disciplinary actions should be in their file for the preceding year.

Certifications & Education

  • - May be required to have be certified as a field training officer (FTO)
  • - May be required to have been certified in crime scene processing
  • - Depending on specialty (motor, pilot, canine, etc.), other certifications may be required

Resources and Recommended Reading

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