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December 1, 2019
Novato, California
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Job Description

The City ofNovato'sPolice Departmenthas an immediate opening for Police Lieutenant.
This is a promotional opportunity!

About the Position
Thisposition plans, organizes and directs the activities of assigned law enforcement services and activities within the Police Department; coordinates either Patrol Services or Investigations section activities with other divisions and departments; participates in community based police activities and programs and provides highly responsible technical support to the Police Captain and Police Chief.

The Department
TheNovatoPolice Department serves our community of 56,000 residents, along with our visitors and guests, by providing professional and proactive street patrol, investigations, traffic enforcement, narcotics enforcement, a 911 dispatch center, and emergency services and preparedness. As a full service agency, NPD is divided into the Operations Division and the Administrative Services Division each led by a Police Captain. There are approximately 80 staff in the department including 60 sworn personnel, and a robust volunteer program.

Application Details
Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum qualifications and essential functions found in the job posting.
PLEASE NOTE:-- This position will close for application review at 5:00 p.m. on 12/11/19. The Interview Process is scheduled for December 18, 2019. **We reserve the right to modify this schedule. **
Example of Duties

ESSENTIAL AND MARGINAL FUNCTION STATEMENTS - Essential and other important responsibilities and duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Essential Functions:

  • Participate in the selection of staff; coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Plan, coordinate, and supervise the activities of the Patrol or Investigations section; conduct studies of the organization and procedures of the Department; analyze data; make procedural recommendations; prepare reports.
  • Oversee the scheduling of personnel on assigned shifts; supervise special response team, traffic and reserve officer activities.
  • Conduct, supervise and coordinate investigations of criminal acts; instruct officers in investigation procedures; review investigation reports and make recommendations and suggestions to officers; coordinate investigations involving several officers.
  • Receive complaints or reports of emergencies and determine need for police action; ensure that reports and records are properly submitted and maintained.
  • Review the work of subordinates to ensure compliance with Department policies and procedures; participate in and lead staff meetings to review Department services, procedures and activities.
  • Correct, supervise, and participate in the preparation and maintenance of reports and records.
  • Respond to major incidents and ensure that the Incident Commander is following established protocols and standards; assume role of Incident Commander or other role as needed for the situation; respond to major crime and accident scenes, supervise and participate in investigations, interviews and interrogations in the field; personally conduct highly complex or sensitive investigations.
  • Conduct internal investigations of officer and/or staff misconduct; document findings and recommendations for management review.
  • Respond to inquiries from the media and general public; resolve difficult and sensitive complaints; conduct meetings with local media personnel; prepare news releases; provide interviews to media personnel upon request.
  • Attend, participate and present to professional and community groups.
  • Supervise special investigations and prepare evidence for court presentation.
  • Assist in administrative responsibilities involving the Department's purchasing, personnel and communications functions; conduct special studies of Department functions as assigned.
  • Assist in developing and conducting training programs in the various phases of police activities.
  • Assist in coordinating police activities with other City departments and divisions, and with outside agencies.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Coordinate the Department subpoena service.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, and the public using principles of good customer service.
Marginal Functions:
  • Serve as acting Police Captain as assigned.
  • Perform the full range of duties assigned to sworn staff as required.
  • Perform related duties and responsibilities as required.
Typical Qualifications

Knowledge of:Principles and practices of organization and personnel management; Modern police practices, techniques, and methods; Pertinent Federal, State and local laws and ordinances, particularly with reference to apprehension, arrest, search and seizure, traffic and evidence; Departmental rules and regulations; Modern investigative methods; Functions and objectives of Federal, State, and other local law enforcement agencies.
Ability to:Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and policies; Supervise, train, and evaluate assigned staff; Obtain information through interview and interrogation; Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action; Use and care of firearms; Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; Meet and deal with the public tactfully and effectively; Recommend improvements in departmental operation and in the rules, regulations, and policies governing the Department; Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability of:
- Making sound decisions
- Demonstrating intellectual capabilities.
Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:
- Making observations
- Communicating with others
- Reading and writing
- Operating assigned office equipment.
Experience and Training Guidelines

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

Experience:Seven years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience that included two years of supervisory experience equivalent to the rank of Sergeant at the City of Novato. Current or previous assignment to a full-time specialty position, demonstrated staff work and project management experience are highly desirable.

Training:Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public administration, criminal justice, police science, or a related field is required. A Master's degree in one of the mentioned fields is highly desirable.

License or Certificate:Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California driver's license and proof of automobile liability insurance as required by the position.

Possession of a Supervisory Certificate issued by the California Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission (P.O.S.T.), or equivalent.

Additional Information

For additional position details, please review the job description here:

The City participates in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS). In compliance with AB 340,CalPERSretirement formula is3% @ 55 retirement for Classic Safety employeesand2.7% @ 57 for New SafetyCalPERSmembers.

The City provides a specific dollar amount to each employee based on the employee's benefit enrollment level to apply to medical, dental, life and disability insurance. The dental program and life insurance policy are mandatory. Health, vision and disability options are available. Employees who do NOT enroll in a healthcare plan through the City will receive up to $250 per month as an addition to their gross earnings.

Employee Assistance Program: A City-paid EAP is available for employees and members of their household.

Deferred Compensation Savings Plans (457) are available to employees through a deferred compensation program.

The City does not participate in Social Security.

The City offers 13 paid holidays; 80 hours of vacation after 1 year (graduates to 21 days for 20 years of service); 12 days per year sick leave (unused leave applied to service credit at retirement).

New employees will receive 40 hours of sick leave on their start date.

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