Under general direction of the Chief of Police, and/or their designee, administers a major activity within a functional unit of the Police Department and/or serves as the responsible official (Watch Commander) in charge of Police operations during regular non-duty hours of superiors; performs related and other work as required.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED This class reports to and receives general direction from the Chief of Police, and/or their designee. Supervision is provided to Sergeants, Officers and a variety of non-sworn staff either directly or through a subordinate level of supervision.
CLASS CHARACTERISTICS This managerial class is distinguished from the Police Sergeant class in that there is broader responsibility and greater authority to act for the Department. Specifically, the Police Lieutenant class assists senior management in forecasting work, determines priority, and plans work schedules; sees that departmental policy or other instructions are implemented; works closely with the City departments in collaborative efforts to provide innovative and effective solutions to City problems; assigns manpower, equipment, and supplies according to need; has authority to assign overtime within limits or initiate justification for overtime not previously authorized; is responsible for the status of equipment and materials; checks quality and quantity of work performed by subordinates; assists in preparation of budget and operates within authorized budget limitations; screens data and keeps superiors informed of important occurrences; schedules and approves leave.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs and assists in the work of a major functional unit of the Operations and the Administrative Services Divisions.
Coordinates, assigns, and directs the work of the Police Department on an assigned shift during the regular non-duty hours of superior Officers, one of whom, however, is available on an on-call basis.
Reviews reports of preceding shifts, noting special instructions or unusual conditions; discusses problems of traffic control, arrests, patrol activities and related subjects, and issues assignments and instructions to Police Sergeants, Officers, and support personnel going on duty.
Inspects Officers uniforms, equipment, prisoners, and jail (holding) cells.
Investigates traffic conditions and reviews patrol activities; accompanies Officers, observes their work and, when necessary, takes charge of investigations of serious crimes or situations.
Makes investigations of complaints and crime reports, reviews reports of assigned Officers for completeness and accuracy, and maintains records of shift activities.
Appears in court to present evidence and testimony in connection with criminal prosecution.
Reports to superiors any important crimes or incidents, and the performance of subordinates on the shift.
Assists Police Administration in forecasting and scheduling work.
Ensures that material and equipment are properly stored, protected and maintained.
Keeps informed of the status and availability of necessary materials and equipment and sees that they are secured in advance.
Prepares preliminary budget requests including needs for capital equipment for the functions under his/her supervision; works within an authorized budget and prepares purchase orders to secure budgeted items.
Schedules and approves vacation and compensatory time off for subordinates.
Prepares performance evaluations and discusses ratings with Police Sergeants, reviewing such ratings made by them prior to their being discussed with subordinate Officers or support personnel.
Enforces personnel and safety regulations, resolves employee complaints, and initiates disciplinary action as required.
Modern police methods and procedures, including patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, and basic investigation and identification techniques.
The California Penal and Vehicle Codes, criminal law with particular reference to laws pertaining to minors, rights of citizens, and the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons accused of misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and the preservation and presentation of evidence in criminal cases.
Safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms.
Principles and practices of staff supervision, training, development and performance evaluation. Computer applications related to the work.
Techniques of first aid and CPR.
Techniques for dealing with and solving the problems presented by a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, in person and over the telephone, often when relations may be confrontational or stressed.
Scheduling, organizing and directing the work of others; training staff in work procedures and providing for their professional development.
Becoming competent in a specialized field of law enforcement.
Analyzing situations effectively and interpreting and applying laws and regulations.
Demonstrating keen powers of observation and memory.
Making sound, independent decisions in emergency situations.
Preparation of clear, concise and complete written reports.
Effective oral communications.
Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with others and dealing tactfully and effectively with the public.
Education and Experience:An Associate of Science or Arts degree or completion of 60 college/university semester units or 90 quarter units, with major course work in criminal justice, police science, public administration or other related field. These units must have been completed at an accredited institution. Plus, three years of employment as a Police Sergeant or higher rank is highly desirable.
A Bachelor's or Master's Degree is highly desirable.
Licenses and Certifications: Must possess a valid California driver's license by date of appointment and have and maintain a satisfactory driving record. Possession of a valid Supervisory Certificate issued by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Possession of CPR and First Aid certifications or obtained within six (6) months of hire.
Message From Chief of Police Neil H. Gang
The Pinole Police Department was established in 1903 as a Marshal’s Office. Here at the Pinole Police Department, we honor the traditions of our past while being progressive with our vision for the future. We continue to maintain our core values of Honor, Integrity, Professionalism and Respect as the foundation of our service to our community and are committed to providing exemplary police services.
As your Chief of Police, I am blessed for the opportunity to serve our community in this capacity. The men and women of the Pinole Police Department are committed to providing innovative methods to combat and reduce crime in the City of Pinole. We strive to seek out new opportunities for community outreach by utilizing Community Policing strategies, addressing quality of life issues and having a commitment to transparency while building partnerships within our community. We believe we have identified a successful strategy for crime reduction that incorporates the use of data-driven, precision policing that targets criminals and hot spots, combined with quality-of-life enforcement that addresses low-level criminal activity before it escalat...es into serious violent offenses.
We combine another component; our proactive approach to community engagement and neighborhood policing (Beat Team Philosophy). This strategy brings our officers and our community together as partners to drive down crime by deepening mutual trust, communication and collaboration. This strategy of policing embeds our officers in the community so they establish better relationships with residents and provides them greater awareness of local crime and criminals. By cultivating trust and connectivity, officers fight crime and ensure people are safe and also feel safe.
The last layer of our strategic approach is hiring the right people; finding the right people with skills and attributes that closely are in line with our mission of high level of customer service and community engagement. Extra effort goes into placing an emphasis on candidates who hold some attachment to our community, currently live, or have relatives/friends who live in our community. We feel this approach provides an increased awareness to the Pinole community needs and an added layer where our employees are invested in the outcomes of their efforts in our community resulting in a workforce that CARES about the members of its community.
I am confident with the commitment of the men and women of the Pinole Police Department, the continued support of our public officials and city leaders, and the ongoing trust and assistance from our community that together, we will continue to make the City of Pinole one of the safest communities in the Bay Area.