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Under the general supervision of the Police Chief, Police Captain, or Police Lieutenant plans, schedules, trains, deploys, organizes, supervises and reviews the work of officers and non-sworn staff on an assigned shift; performs the full range of field and office work in connection with Patrol, Traffic Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Investigations, Youth Services and Training; assists in the preparation of cases and testifies in court; serves in specialized departmental roles; learns and assists with administrative functions for the department; fosters cooperative working relationships with other city departments, outside agencies and the public served; performs related work as assigned.

Class Characteristics:

This is the first full supervisory level in the sworn peace officer series, responsible for all activities on an assigned shift or unit and for assisting with overall department management and multi-agency activities as assigned. Responsibilities include patrol watch command, investigative and the performance of a variety of administrative duties. This class is distinguished from Police Lieutenant in that the latter has management responsibility for a major division of the Police Department.

Examples of Duties: (Duties are illustrative and not inclusive and may vary individual assignment)

  • Plans, schedules, assigns, reviews and evaluates the work of sworn and non-sworn staff on an assigned shift or unit; conducts shift briefings.
  • Provides input into selection, disciplinary and other personnel matters; may counsel employees as required. Plans, develops, presents, coordinates, and maintains records of training programs; trains staff in work procedures; reviews and approves reports prepared by and non-sworn worn staff.
  • Schedules the work of employees to provide for coverage and makes day-to-day assignments as required by the needs of the department.
  • Prepares policies, procedures and general orders and performs other administrative duties for the department.
  • Plans, develops, presents, coordinates, and maintains records of training programs; trains staff in work procedures; reviews and approves reports prepared by and non-sworn worn staff.
  • Provides mutual aide to other law enforcement agencies as dispatched and in accordance with departmental policy.
  • Assures the departmental goals and objectives of Police Services are met to ensure maximum effective service delivery.
  • Assists in conducting ongoing and sensitive internal affairs investigations.
  • May perform the full range of duties of a Police Officer, including, but not limited to:
  • Observing situations and deter crime by providing high visibility.
  • Patrolling the City in an assigned area in a radio dispatched automobile to secure life and property.
  • Responding to emergency calls for service, disturbances, thefts, burglaries, vehicle accidents, domestic disputes, suspicious activities and other incidents to protect public safety and property, resolve problems, diffuse situations and enforce laws and ordinances.
  • Providing information, directions and assistance to the public in a variety of situations.
  • Observing, monitoring and controlling routine and unusual traffic situations; stopping and warning drivers or issuing citations, as appropriate; providing direction and traffic control in accident or incident situations, special events or other congested situations.
  • Making arrests and serving warrants and subpoenas; taking individuals into custody and providing for booking, as required.
  • Securing crime scenes and evidence; interviewing suspects, victims and witnesses; collecting and preserving evidence; performing follow-up investigations and/or cooperating with other law enforcement agencies providing investigative and case development support.
  • Assisting City Attorney and District Attorney staff in preparing, documenting and developing cases and gathering information; testifying in court as required.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.


Education and Experience:

Completion of two years of college or possession of an Associate of Arts degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or a related field, and three years of experience as a sworn law enforcement officer; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the position.


Must possess a valid California class C driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must possess a valid intermediate certificate issued by the California State Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) and possess and maintain firearms qualification.

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

Must maintain P.O.S.T. physical standards, including mobility and physical strength and stamina to lift and carry materials weighing up to 90 pounds and to respond to emergency situations and apprehend suspects, to work in a standard office setting and to operate a motor vehicle; vision to maintain firearms qualification and to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and before groups.

Must be willing to pass a detailed background investigation. Must be willing to work extended shifts or be called back in emergency situations and work with exposure to difficult circumstances, including exposure to dangerous situations, hazardous materials and all weather conditions.

Knowledge of: (at entry)
  • Law enforcement principles, practices and techniques related to patrol, traffic enforcement, crime scene control and investigation, protection of life and property, pursuit, apprehension and transport of suspects.
  • Department and City of San Ramon policies and procedures;
  • Criminal law with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest and custody of persons committing misdemeanors and felonies, including rules of evidence pertaining to the search and seizure and the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases;
  • Principles and practices of employee supervision, including work planning, assignment, review and evaluation and the training of staff in work procedures.
  • Investigation and identification techniques and equipment.
  • Courtroom procedures and techniques for testifying.
  • Applicable laws, codes, ordinances and court decisions.
  • Safety practices and equipment related to the work, including the safe use and proper care of firearms.
  • Operating a motor vehicle in a safe manner under patrol and emergency conditions.
  • Computer applications related to the work.
  • Techniques of first aid and CPR.
  • Basic budgetary and program evaluation practices.
  • 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.
Skill in: (at entry)
  • Overseeing and evaluating programs and projects.
  • Applying theories, principles and procedures in providing police services;
  • Planning, scheduling, assigning, supervising, reviewing and evaluating the work of sworn and non-sworn staff on an assigned shift.
  • Managing multiple tasks, often with competing priorities;
  • Providing leadership and motivating staff;
  • Making effective presentations to individuals and groups;
  • Preparing clear, accurate and grammatically correct reports, records and other written materials.
  • Training staff in work procedures.
  • Observing accurately, recalling faces, names, descriptive characteristics, facts of incidents and places.
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining complex laws, codes, regulations and ordinances.
  • Making sound, independent decisions in emergency situations within general policy and legal guidelines.
  • Identifying and being responsive to community issues, concerns and needs.
  • Operating the equipment and vehicles of the department in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Coordinating and carrying out special assignments.
  • Entering information into a computer with sufficient speed and accuracy to perform the work.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


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