Police Commander Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the direction of the Deputy Chief, is responsible for a variety of administrative, technical, and supervisory work in the division assigned by the Deputy Chief or Chief of Police. In the absence of the Deputy Chief, may be asked to be in command. Work assignments are received orally and in writing. Work is performed with considerable independence within established policies, procedures, and guidelines received. Performs other work as required.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Oversees assignment of assigned employees, inspects performance, assists with problems, provides technical direction, informally resolves personnel problems, provides training as needed, and reviews reports and other administrative activities.

Plans, organizes, directs, and controls the efforts of squads, sections or units within their assigned division. Responsible for establishment and maintenance of goals, objectives, and action plans as pertains to the assigned division in accordance with the established mission.

Prepares a variety of status and information reports about department activity. Briefs others on important policy and administrative decisions.

Conducts planning meetings pertaining to assigned division, holds briefings, and orientations with other command and supervisory personnel.

Assures that all city and department policies and procedures, state and federal agreements, and public records laws are followed.

Develops policies and procedures and manuals for assigned division and updates as necessary.

Works with State Attorney's Office and other major criminal justice organizations to ensure rapid and effective law enforcement.

Reviews reports and other data to prepare departmental briefs, evaluates adequacy of law enforcement measures, and plans long and short range activities as it relates to the division assigned Reallocates resources as needed and alerts the Deputy Chief and Chief of Police to special problems.

Performs a variety of police activities as it relates to the division assigned, such as testifying in court, helping prepare cases, attending professional conferences, evaluating new equipment, public education, and special program development.

Performs Public Information duties to include responding to media requests for information (i.e. new releases, on camera interviews, answer questions). Represents the department as primary media point of contact during normal business hours and during call outs of major events/incidents.

Meets all standards for Police Officer Certification under Florida law.

 

B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

Acts in the stead of the Deputy Chief in his/her absence.

At the discretion of the Deputy Chief or Chief of Police, may be assigned to oversee other divisions units/personnel in the absence of the respective Commander.

Maintain the ability to complete the job tasks of Lieutenant, Sergeant or Police Officer.

Available to the public for advice, complaints and information.

Monitors the correct assignment, care and use of the equipment assigned to his/her command.

Conducts investigations of violations of Departmental rules when requested by the Chief of Police.

Drive police vehicle to conduct field inspections relating the division assigned.

Review daily memos, reports, letters, and requests.

Investigate citizen complaints.

Attend various meetings.


REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Currently hold the rank of Lieutenant with the Melbourne Police Department and have a Bachelor's Degree or higher with an accredited college or university as recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA) or currently hold rank of Lieutenant, is off probation and has ten years supervisory experience with Melbourne Police Department. Meets all standards for Police Officer Certification under Florida law. Must possess and maintain a valid Florida driver's license.

 

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of police principles and practices.

Knowledge of modern practices, procedures, and equipment in emergency communications.

Knowledge of technical equipment for crime investigation.

Knowledge of supervisory and leadership principles and practices.

Knowledge of laws, applicable ordinances, and court decisions.

Ability to work effectively with the community, the news media, and other agencies and organizations.

Ability to analyze data and make decisions.

Ability to initiate and maintain productive communications and cooperation.

Ability to operate a radio, telephone, and related communications equipment.

Ability to think and act quickly, calmly, and accurately in emergency situations.

Ability to evaluate program effectiveness.

Ability to plan and coordinate activities.

Ability to supervise and train.

Skill in directing and managing complex programs.

Ability to develop and implement long-range goals and objectives, and to develop the same skills in subordinates.

Ability to recognize and resolve organizational conflict.

Ability to develop and maintain strong communication and interpersonal skills.

 

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Operate motor vehicles, auto, van.

Hear and understand conversation in a normal tone of voice. Use of senses to include sight, smell, hearing and touch.

See and read letters, numbers, words, characters or symbols which are both large and small, as well as identify colors.

Print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols - must be legible and understood by others.

Move back and forth and sideways while in a bending, kneeling, or squatting position.

Stay in a bending, kneeling, or squatting position for periods less than ten minutes.

Go from a standing or sitting position to a bending, kneeling or squatting position, or vice versa, periodically.

Learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance, once trained.

Walk, stand, and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes, walk continuously for more than 5 minutes at a time.

Stand in a stationary position for more than 30 minutes at a time. May need to remain seated for more than 30 minutes at a time.

Lift, carry, push or pull items that weight up to 50 pounds.

Carry items for a distance ranging from 10 feet to no more than 300 yards.

Hold items (weighing between 1 - 10 pounds) for a period less than 10 minutes.

Work at night in dimly lit conditions as necessary during inclement weather.

Must be, or have the ability to be, respirator certified.



THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date - 9/23/2015