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Police Lieutenant Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Manages, controls and coordinates activities of an assigned law enforcement/public safety division.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fifth in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from Police Sergeants in that the Lieutenant performs more administrative duties and much less fieldwork. Police Sergeants typically report to Police Lieutenants. Police Lieutenants typically report to the head of campus public safety.

Examples of Duties:

  • Hires, coaches, reviews, supervises, and terminates assigned employees, or makes effective suggestions and recommendations that are given particular weight regarding the employment status of assigned employees.
  • Informs members of division of changes in regulations and policies, implications of new or amended laws and new techniques of police work.
  • Disseminates and explains special messages and decisions of administration to subordinates.
  • Submits reports or verbally informs supervisor on activities of division and makes recommendations based on analysis of trends or problems.
  • Assists in developing new or revised policies and procedures.
  • Reviews and examines all documentation and reports generated by staff for completeness and to keep apprised of activities.
  • Investigates complaints against staff; recommends action to be taken.
  • Develops budget projections as input to annual budget process; reviews budget status periodically with supervisor.
  • Coordinates and supervises special activities or events on campus requiring additional support from division or contact with outside law enforcement agencies.
  • Resolves problems and questions presented by subordinate staff.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of administrative procedures, budget preparation and management practices.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of law enforcement practices and procedures and applicable laws, rules and regulations.
  • Skill in applying laws, rules and regulations.
  • Skill in managing situations firmly, courteously, tactfully and impartially.

Minimum Qualifications:

Six years of experience as an Arizona Police Officer Standards and Training (AZ POST) AND certified officer, which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR, Bachelor's degree in Police Science, Criminal Justice, Business Administration, Public Administration, a social science or related field AND two years' experience as an AZ POST certified officer which includes one year of supervisory experience; OR, Equivalent out-of-state certification; must obtain an AZ POST regular officer certification within six months from date of hire. Possession of current Arizona Type D driver's license is required upon employment.


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