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Police Lieutenant


Under general direction, plans, directs and reviews the activities of the police department field operations and special operations divisions. Provides direction to meet City and Department goals and to coordinate with other service areas, agencies, boards, commissions and the public. The Police Lieutenant generally functions as a shift watch commander. Performs other job related assignments 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 Captain. The job incumbent provides general supervision to subordinate level supervisors in affected program areas.


This is a mid-management classification responsible for the discrete sub-division organizational component(s) and programs/functions within a division as determined by Division Manager (Captain), Department Director (Chief), City Manager, and City Council. 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. The incumbent is expected to demonstrate 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.


  • Demonstrates leadership in commitment to the Police Code of Ethics and highest ethical values in the delivery of public service.
  • Leads and oversees police supervisors responsible for, crime prevention, disaster preparedness, planning, research, and other special programs/projects.
  • Supervises and oversees operations of Critical Response Team- tactical (SWAT), Major Accident Investigation Teams (MAIT), Crime Analysis Unit, canine unit, Code Enforcement, and other special programs or units as directed by the Chief of Police or his/her designee
  • 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.
  • Oversees safety program; researches and recommends safety procedures and safety training or equipment needs.
  • Recommends policy and oversees sub-divisional operations and activities.
  • Provides planning, training 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.
  • Oversees the assignment of sworn and non-sworn officers and staff and equipment.
  • Coordinates with other local government agencies in emergency response activities.
  • Oversee extradition requests and manages detention facility in compliance with state law.
  • Confers with and makes recommendations to the Police Captain regarding projects and programs.
  • Updates Police Captain of emergency developments.
  • Assists in the preparation of budget related to assigned activities; oversees budget implementation; recommends regarding the forecast of additional funds; implements mid-year adjustments.
  • 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.
  • Evaluates staffing levels and workload of all assigned staff.
  • Analyze information from multiple databases; prepares reports and responds to needs for information and research.
  • 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 and State Regulation for police departments (P.O.S.T. standards) including minimum requirements and update/mandated training.
  • 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, code enforcement, emergency response and disaster preparedness.
  • 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:

  • Perform the duties and requirements of a sworn police officer. Effectively formulate, organize and manage sound sub-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 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.
  • 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.
  • Manage program services that benefit the community; analyze policy issues and develop recommendations and solutions.
  • 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 needed programs 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.


Three years of experience comparable to that of a Police Sergeant with the City of Turlock, having successfully completed a probationary period serving at the rank of Sergeant.


Possession of a Bachelor Degree in Administration of Justice, Criminology, Police Science or related field;


Possession of a valid California Driverís License at the time of appointment to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.

Possession of California Peace Officerís Standards and Training Supervisory Certificate.


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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