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Police Lieutenant

Posted on Jan 12, 2021 by City of Oakley

Oakley, CA 94561
Public Sector
8 Jan 2021
Annual Salary

Police Lieutenant
Salary: $123,468.00 - $177,120.00 Annually
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

Under the direction of the Chief of Police, the Lieutenant will be responsible for directing, managing, supervising, and coordinating the activities and operations of an assigned Division or service area within the Police Department.

This position requires a team-oriented leader with strong communication skills and committed to community policing. As a prominent member of the Oakley Police Department's executive team the Lieutenant will coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies.

The Police Lieutenant reports to the Police Chief and is considered a Division Manager with responsibility for the management of a Division that includes several line areas/sections or functional work groups of significant depth and complexity. Responsibilities include overall administration and implementation of a Division including development of Division objectives and design and implementation of supporting units, programs, processes, policies, and/or procedures to successfully achieve those objectives. As a Division Manager, is also responsible for the development, administration, and control of the associated budget(s). This classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Police Sergeant by the performance of highly responsible and complex Department-wide management duties. The Police Lieutenant is an exempt, at-will position.

To learn more about the position and expected qualifications regarding this employment opportunity, please review the Police Lieutenant recruitment brochure (Download PDF reader) .

Examples of Duties
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
  • Assumes management responsibility for assigned services, operations and activities of a division or service areas of the Police Department; may oversee special projects, the Patrol Division, Support Services Division, or other assigned area.
  • Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures.
  • Monitors and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery methods and procedures; recommends, within Departmental policy, appropriate service and staffing levels.
  • Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for assigned staff; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Coordinates the selection, orientation, training, and evaluation programs for Department personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; provides positive motivation for employee performance; identifies and resolves staff deficiencies; initiates discipline procedures.
  • Supervises, reviews and participates in the preparation of reports and other written material and the maintenance of Departmental records; inspects departmental equipment and ensures that deficiencies are corrected.
  • Responds to some of the most difficult inquiries and requests for information; assists in the hearing and adjustment of citizen complaints; conducts and oversees sensitive and complex internal and external investigations.
  • Responds to major incidents reported to the Police Department and assumes role as Incident Commander or other role as needed for the situation.
  • May serve as the City's Emergency Services Coordinator; assumes responsibility for overall emergency response training and Emergency Operations Center processes; reviews and amends the Emergency Operations Plan as necessary.
  • As assigned, may assume command of the Department in the absence of the Police Chief.
  • Manages and oversees assigned special projects.
  • Supports and enforces the Chief's vision and the Department's Mission Statement.
  • Provides budgetary accountability for his/her Division and assists with yearly budget preparation.
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with employees, the general public, other governmental agency representatives, and City officials.
  • Performs related duties as required.
Typical Qualifications
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
Knowledge of: Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a comprehensive municipal law enforcement program. Principles and practices of program development and administration. Principles and practices of law enforcement administration, organization, and management. Law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs. Methods and techniques used in providing the full range of law enforcement and crime prevention services and activities including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, juvenile programs, records management, search and seizure, care and custody of persons and property, and crime prevention. Care, maintenance, and operation of firearms and other modern police equipment. Methods and techniques of public relations. Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration. Principles of supervision, training, and performance evaluation. Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations. Recent court decisions and how they affect department operations. Functions and objectives of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. Principles of law enforcement information systems including a computer and applicable software. Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.

Ability to: Oversee and participate in the management of a comprehensive law enforcement program. Oversee, direct, and coordinate the work of lower level staff. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Participate in the development and administration of division goals, objectives, and procedures. Prepare and administer large program budgets. Prepare clear and concise administrative and financial reports. Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals. Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques. Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations. Analyze complex law enforcement issues, evaluate alternatives, and implement sound solutions. Make adjustments to standard operating procedures as necessary to improve organizational effectiveness. Delegate authority and responsibility. Select, supervise, train, and evaluate staff. Effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, customers, and the general public. Meet standards for physical endurance, agility, health and vision. Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations. Facilitate group participation and consensus building. Effectively use and qualify with law enforcement tools and weapons including firearms, batons, defensive tactics, and other safety equipment. Operate specialized law enforcement equipment including specialized police vehicles, radios, video systems, and radars. Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Work flexible hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays. Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, police science, business or public administration, or related field.
Experience: Eight or more years prior law enforcement experience, or four years served at the Oakley P.D. including three years of administrative and supervisory experience at a level comparable to a Police Sergeant.
License or Certificate:Possession of a valid California Driver's license with a satisfactory driving record. Possession of a P.O.S.T. Advanced Certificate. Within two years following appointment must possess a Supervisory Certificate from P.O.S.T.
Criminal Record: Candidates shall not have been convicted of any felony. A misdemeanor conviction may result in applicant disqualification and employee disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Background Investigation:Qualified candidates will be able to pass a thorough background investigation.
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Reference: 1057373821

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