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Police Captain


Under general direction of the Chief of Police; maintains oversight and leads the activities of one of two major Divisions comprising the Turlock Police Department. Provides direction to meet City goals and to coordinate with other service areas, agencies, boards, commissions and the public. May act for the Police Chief, as needed. Performs other job related work as required.

This position is designated as represented by Turlock Management Association-Public Safety (TMAPS) for Labor Relations purposes and is considered non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


General direction is provided by the Police Chief. The job incumbent provides general supervision to subordinate level managers in affected program areas.


This is a mid-management classification responsible for the discrete sub-departmental organizational component(s) and programs/functions within a department as determined by Department Director (Chief), City Manager and City Council. The incumbent serves as a member of the City policy advisory team with responsibilities for developing means for implementing policies and procedures developed by the executive team. Exercises policy development and promulgation responsibilities for specific program/functional areas. Demonstrates professional competence while working as a team member and exercise independent judgment in a number of confidential and sensitive areas. Duties and responsibilities are performed in accordance with municipal codes, ordinances, City policy, federal, and state regulating entities.


  • Acts as the Police Chief, in the Chiefís absence
  • Demonstrates leadership in commitment to the Police Code of Ethics and highest ethical values in the delivery of public service.
  • Manages police command staff and supervisors responsible for, crime prevention, planning, investigations, research, special programs/projects and disaster preparedness.
  • Acts in an official capacity in local disaster preparedness organization.
  • Provides management direction to activities relating to the effective utilization of personnel, facilities and equipment.
  • Develops division policy; collaborates with sub-division managers regarding sub-divisional policies and procedures.
  • Oversees departmental operations, activities and provides planning and research for disaster preparedness, protection of life and property, maintenance of the public peace, regulation of traffic, apprehension, arrest and detention of law violators, and maintenance of police records.
  • Oversees the activities of the Police Department in Field Operations and Special Operations. Develops and reviews policies, rules and procedures for effective operation of Police Services.
  • Oversees any other activity or work group in the Police Department as required by staffing vacancies or as directed by the Chief of Police.
  • Confers with public officials and citizen groups on law enforcement problems and recommends municipal law enforcement policies.
  • Oversees the assignment of employees and equipment.
  • Coordinates with other local government agencies in emergency response activities.
  • Confers with and makes recommendations to the Police Chief regarding projects and programs and assists in the development and implementation of Cityís strategic plan.
  • Updates Police Chief of emergency developments.
  • Consults, confers and coordinates with City departments, citizens and officials regarding issues.
  • Assists in the preparation of budget related to assigned activities; oversees budget implementation; recommends regarding the forecast of additional funds; approves expenditures; implements mid-year adjustments.
  • Makes presentations before various groups, including City Council, commissions, boards, committees, task forces, and on and off-site public meetings; participates in community events.
  • Supervises staff including provision of timely performance evaluations; recommends and implements approved discipline; provides staff development; and maintains high standards necessary for efficient, professional operations; participates in labor negotiations.
  • Answers difficult questions; provides information to the public, other City departments, and other agencies; recommends and coordinates corrective actions; investigates, reports, documents and resolves complaints.
  • Builds and maintains respectful, positive working relationships with staff, supervisors, outside agencies and the public using principles of good customer service; provides effective conflict resolution, as needed.
  • Models appropriate professional management conduct; maintains appropriate confidentiality of sensitive information; complies with and supports City policies and procedures, labor laws, and MOU provisions.
  • Attends assigned meetings and training and police conferences; interacts with outside agencies and commissions; participates in teams, or committees, or associations, as needed.
  • Assures staff works in a safe manner; follows safety requirements; monitors and assures compliance with regulations and other legal requirements.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • Modern principles, practices and techniques of a municipal police department.
  • Modern operating principles, practices and techniques of law enforcement and crime prevention including causation of criminal/deviant behavior and Community-Oriented Policing.
  • Use and maintenance of law enforcement equipment and apparatus.
  • Codes, regulations, criminal laws and ordinances related to police activities, crime prevention, emergency response and disaster preparedness; and code enforcement.
  • All applicable MOUís for staff assigned to the Turlock Police Department City procedures and policies.
  • Local geography and available police resources.
  • Modern office procedures, and methods including computer equipment, word processing, spread sheet, data base, graphic presentations and other needed specialized software applications, and internet and electronic communication usage and methods.
  • Budgeting development procedures and administration.
  • Principles and practices of supervision, staff selection, motivation, training and personnel management.
  • Principles of effective time management
  • Principles of effective public speaking, conflict resolution and excellent customer service.

Ability to:

  • Effectively formulate, organize and manage sound divisional policy in the areas of police law enforcement and crime prevention.
  • Interact with citizens and employees in an effective way that produces positive results.
  • Supervise the management of major incidents and crime scenes.
  • Analyze and research police and community problems and plan philosophies, goals, objectives, policies and procedures which are tangible, achievable and measurable to meet needs; determine community needs; establish and maintain excellent community relations.
  • Analyze situations accurately and swiftly and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Plan for major events and tactical situations.
  • Be perceptive and innovative in the prediction and recognition of trends and problems and in the analysis and development of solutions to problems.
  • Implement City Council direction.
  • Work well under pressure; work such hours as are necessary to accomplish the job including remaining on-call 24 hours a day; travel out of the area during or after work hours.
  • Understand and communicate state and federal regulations, laws, codes, policies and solutions in the area of crime management.
  • Delegate authority and responsibility as well as schedule and program work.
  • Work with and control sensitive and confidential information.
  • Plan, initiate, and manage complete complex and multiple simultaneous work assignments; set priorities and organize work to meet deadlines.
  • Lead, manage, evaluate and train personnel effectively and maintain discipline.
  • Organize, implement and direct divisional goals within City objectives.
  • Make highly effective presentations before groups and represent the City in public forums; communicate codes and regulatory information.
  • Use computer and job related software in a highly effective manner.
  • Manage, project and administer a budget.
  • Establish and maintain respectful, effective and cooperative working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate effectively, orally, electronically and in writing.
  • Perform the duties and requirements of a sworn police officer.


Two years of increasingly responsible professional command level management experience with a public law enforcement agency performing administrative and supervisory oversight at Lieutenant level or higher or any experience that would have provided the opportunity to develop the required skills, knowledge and abilities.


Possession of a Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with significant course work in the areas of Criminal Justice, Administration of Justice, Criminology, Law Enforcement, Police Science, Public Administration, or related fields.


Possession of a valid California Driverís License in the category necessary to perform essential duties of the position may be required as the time of appointment. Maintenance of a valid California Driverís license and proof of automobile liability insurance is a condition of continued employment.

Possession of California Peace Officerís Standards and Training Advanced and Management Certificates.


Vision adequate to operate vehicles and equipment, read instructions and follow directions, read maps and small print, detect subtle shades of color; hearing adequate to distinguish mechanical noises, converse on radio, telephone and in person at distances of up to 50 feet, and detect unusual sounds; voice volume and speech clarity to command during an emergency; body mobility adequate to operate emergency equipment and perform required duties; stamina to perform administrative functions and to meet physical and mental demands during an emergency; use of hands and fingers adequate for operation of special equipment and weapons, writing, typing and computer related functions; ability to lift heavy equipment, as needed in emergency conditions.

    For questions about City employment, please contact:

    Human Relations
    156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
    Turlock, CA 95380-5454
    (209) 668-5150
    Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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