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FLSA Designation: Exempt Adopted July, 2007


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 administrative direction of the Police Chief, directs, manages, supervises, and coordinates the activities and operations of the Police Department including implementation of departmental policies and procedures; coordinates assigned activities with other divisions, departments, and outside agencies; performs complex and highly responsible planning and supervisory duties associated with the crime prevention and law enforcement activities of the City; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Police Chief.


The Police Captain is considered a second-level management position responsible for administration and supervision of Police activities within the department and for providing leadership. This position works closely with the Police Chief in developing and implementing the policies, procedures and plans of the department. As a second-level management position, the Police Captain is also responsible for the development, administration, and control of associated budget(s). This classification is distinguished from the next lower classification of Police Lieutenant by the performance of highly responsible and complex department wide management duties. A person appointed to the Police Captain classification is an “at-will” employee.

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.

  1. Assumes management responsibility for assigned services and activities of a division or service areas of the Police Department; including the implementation of departmental policies and procedures; works directly with sworn and non-sworn personnel in the interpretation of City and department policies; supervises the assignment and activities of functional areas including patrol, investigations, traffic enforcement, K-9, SWAT, reserves, property and evidence, records, facilities/vehicle maintenance, training, youth and community services, crime prevention, and volunteer services; coordinates activities with other City departments, outside agencies and organizations.
  2. Manages and participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; recommends and administers policies and procedures; reviews and evaluates work methods and procedures for improving organizational performance and meeting goals; ensures that goals are achieved.
  3. Coordinates the selection; orientation, training and evaluation programs for assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; identifies and resolves staff deficiencies; implements discipline procedures; reviews the work of Police Department members to ensure compliance with applicable Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
  4. Oversees and participates in the development of the annual budget; participates in the forecast of necessary funds for staffing, materials and supplies; administers and monitors the approved Police Department budget; discusses and resolves budget issues with appropriate staff; implements adjustments as necessary.
  5. 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; may supervise jail security and prisoner welfare.
  6. 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; represents the department with other law enforcement services and allied agencies, other City departments, civic groups and the public.
  7. Responds to major incidents reported to the Police Department and ensures that the Incident Commander is following Incident Command System/Standardized Emergency Management System (ICS/SEMS) protocol; assumes role as Incident Commander or other role as needed for the situation.
  8. Serves 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.
  9. Provides responsible staff assistance to the Police Chief; conducts a variety of organizational studies, investigations, and operational studies; recommends modifications to programs, policies, and procedures as appropriate; develops and prepares new and revised City ordinances pertaining to the law enforcement services and activities; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  10. Manages and oversees assigned special projects.
  11. Prepares and presents administrative reports, resolutions and council reports for city council.
  12. Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the field of law enforcement and crime prevention; incorporates new developments as appropriate.
  13. As assigned, assumes command of the department in the absence of the Police Chief.
  14. Establishes positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
  15. Performs related duties as required.
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.

Education, Experience and Licensing Requirements
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a job related field.

Seven years of supervisory law enforcement experience including a minimum of three years of command/management experience at a level comparable to a Police Lieutenant with the City of Brentwood.

License or Certificate:
Possession of a valid driver’s license. Possession of a P.O.S.T. Management Certificate.

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed in a standard office setting, reactive emergency, natural or man-made disaster, and routine peace keeping environments with travel to various locations to attend meetings or respond to major crime scenes, disasters or critical incidents; the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions; occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, extreme cold, extreme heat, risk of electrical shock, risk of radiation, and vibration; the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate; however, the noise level is occasionally very loud due to sirens, firearm training, etc.; incumbents may be required to work extended hours including evenings and weekends and may be required to travel outside City boundaries to attend meetings.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; walk, stand, or sit for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; to travel to other locations using various modes of private and commercial transportation; to operate and use specialized law enforcement tools and equipment including guns and handcuffs; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

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Brentwood, CA 94513  
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