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Police Lieutenant

Basic Position Information

Job Code: 3044

Title: Police Lieutenant

Department: Public Safety

Essential Personnel: Yes

Job Family: Administrative Operations

Job Sub-Family: Police

FLSA Classification: E

Job Grade: 77

Grade Min: $97,355

Grade Mid: N/A

UHD Succession Plan: N

Criticality of Position: N/A

Career Ladder: In-Range

Campus Security Authority: Y

Screening Committee: N

Motor Vehicle Record Check: Y

Job Summary

The Police Lieutenant manages the day to day operations of a specific division of the police department.


  • Oversees and may personally investigate criminal law violations within the department's jurisdiction, obtain evidence and compile information regarding these crimes, prepare cases for filing charges, testifying in court, and related activities
  • Supervises the scheduling and coordination of shift changes with the Chief's approval
  • Reviews a variety of police-related reports prepared by subordinate officers or others
  • Evaluates officers' arrests based on circumstances and evidence to determine whether
  • the subject will be detained or placed in jail
  • Makes plans about individual tactical matters, such as equipment for particular operations or the detailed plans needed for an investigation. Develops new approaches to investigate problems
  • Determines how to deploy patrol personnel during emergency responses
  • Supervision of Investigation / Internal Affairs Unit. Ensures all investigations are conducted according to departmental policy and IACLEA best practices.
  • Maintains contact with police C.I.D supervisory personnel to coordinate the investigation activities, provide mutual assistance during emergencies and provide general information about Department activities
  • Maintains contact with the general public, court officials, and other City officials in the performance of police activities
  • Conducts periodic performance evaluations and planning sessions for assigned personnel. Counsels assigned personnel on job performance and disciplinary matters
  • Maintains normal availability by radio or telephone for consultation on major emergencies or precedents
  • Carries duties in conformance with federal, state, county, and city laws and ordinances.
  • Oversees and assists, as needed, in Patrolling the university campus and surrounding areas to preserve the peace and enforce the law, control vehicular traffic, prevent or detect and investigate misconduct involving misdemeanors, felonies, and other law violations, and otherwise serve and protect
  • Oversees and assists, as needed, in response to emergency radio calls and investigates accidents, robberies, civil disturbances, domestic disputes, fights, drunkenness, abuse of drugs, etc. Takes appropriate law enforcement action
  • Reviews, evaluates, and develops programs, policies, and procedures for various departmental operations

Marginal Duties

  • Performs all other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Direct Reports:

  • Full Time Employees

Delegation of Work:

  • Regularly assigns work to subordinate(s)

Supervision Given:

  • May have primary responsibility for conducting performance evaluations and making recommendations for hiring and dismissing employees.


Required Education:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of two (2) years of experience as a Police Sergeant or higher rank
  • Minimum of ten (10) years as a fully commissioned Police Officer.
  • Must obtain, at a minimum, a "Meets Expectations" rating on all competencies at the annual performance appraisal for the preceding four (4) years


  • Must maintain a valid, current driver's license
  • Field Training Officer and Instructor Certification is required
  • Master Peace Officer Proficiency Certification is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or a related field is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Knowledge of the mission, vision, and core values of the UHD Police Department
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of modern law enforcement, conducting investigations, traffic control, and patrol services
  • Knowledge of the methods and techniques of report preparation
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
  • Knowledge of university policies; knowledge of human behavior and motivation
  • Knowledge of the street layout and geographic area around the university


  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills; excellent interpersonal, communication, and dispatch skills.


  • Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively, and to take the proper course of action
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct investigations
  • Ability to assume peace officer responsibilities
  • Ability to exercise discretion
  • Ability to maintain composure in an emergency situation
  • Ability to adapt to changing technologies, practices, and situations
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community

Work Location and Physical Demands

Primary Work Location:

  • This is a uniform position, in an indoor and outdoor environment
  • All positions requiring peace officer certification should be prepared for full field duty at any time regardless of primary assignment. Personnel may be reassigned to field duty at any time either permanently or temporarily to assure appropriate field staffing levels.
  • Incumbent may be allowed routine office wear as required for performance of duty.

Physical Demands:

  • Requires maintaining physical condition necessary for sitting, standing, or walking for prolonged periods of time, as well as for bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, jumping and climbing; adequate speech, hearing, visual acuity, and ability to distinguish color is required. May be required to carry, push, pull, drag, or hold medium to heavy weight objects of up to 50lbs, may be required to carry, drag, or restrain individuals weighing between 50 and 300lbs. The use of fingers, both hands, both arms, and both legs is required
  • May be required to take offensive and/or defensive action during physical confrontations. May be exposed to animal and human body fluids, hazards of emergency driving, hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic, working in and near natural and man-made disasters, inclement weather conditions and extreme temperatures.
  • May be required to work in and around heavy vehicles and equipment.
  • May be exposed to noise, dust, grease, smoke, fumes, and gases when assisting in emergency calls.
  • Possible exposure to hazardous chemicals, high voltage and toxic materials, waste, and infectious diseases. May involve exposure to an emergency public safety environment, emergency and disaster situations, potentially hostile environments, and dangerous and/or hostile people.
  • Requires the ability to safely discharge a firearm. Requires the ability to safely operate motorized equipment and assigned vehicles. Requires frequent contact with the public.

Position Specific Competencies

Commitment to Excellence - UHD

  • Demonstrates a commitment to competently perform his/her job duties and responsibilities within established time frames.
  • Continuously strives to improve work performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her commitments to the university.
  • Contributes to the success of the university by consistently providing quality results in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.

Respect and Cooperation

  • Treats others with courtesy, respect, and dignity in the workplace.
  • Promotes cooperation through open and honest communications and consideration of others ideas, thoughts, and opinions.


  • Demonstrates high ethical standards of conduct in the performance of his/her job duties and responsibilities.
  • Accepts responsibility for his/her actions.
  • Respects and complies with department and university policies, procedures, and work rules.


  • Possesses required job skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrates the ability to apply those skills and knowledge to competently perform his/her job duties and assignments.


  • Takes responsibility to accomplish job assignments within reasonable deadlines.
  • Willing to accept new projects and/or commitments.
  • Does due diligence to complete projects within specified timeframes and/or fulfill commitments.
  • Arrives to work on time prepared and ready to contribute.


  • Willingly adjusts to changing work assignments or conditions.
  • Open to changes in operational procedures, technology, and/or organizational structure.
  • Views changes as opportunities for learning and professional development.
  • Displays a positive attitude to encourage others.
  • Promptly responds to changes in work priorities and/or unexpected circumstances or situations.

Focus on Customer Service

  • Focuses on customer's needs and expectations. (Customers can be students, external constituents, employees, or university guests.)
  • Respectfully ascertains customer's needs and determines appropriate response.
  • Promptly responds by providing requested information, takes appropriate action, or refers customer to appropriate individual or department.
  • If further actions need to be taken, advises customers of realistic timeframes for a response to their request.
  • Follows up with customers on outstanding requests in a timely manner.
  • Tactfully explains to customers why their needs and/or expectations cannot be met if the university does not provide the requested information or services.

Public Safety

  • Recognizes and immediately reacts to potential danger.
  • Uses sound judgment to protect co-workers, students, and citizens; enforce laws and ordinances; and diffuse threatening situations.
  • Complies with police rules and regulations.
  • Prepares clear and concise offense reports in a timely manner.


  • Supervises the work of staff employees.
  • Sets clear goals and expectations within reasonable timeframes.
  • Motivates staff through constructive feedback, challenging assignments, and recognition of achievements.
  • Provides mentorship and guidance by sharing expertise and best practices.
  • Supports staff by providing essential resources, professional development opportunities, and open communication.
  • Promptly addresses performance issues with appropriate measures and discretion.

Student Success Indirect Support

  • Contributes to student success by assisting students with anything that supports their student experience, whether directly or indirectly.
  • Helps students navigate their way through the different offices, programs, and services at the university and/or connects students with the appropriate party(ies).
  • Connects students with services or resources that can help them with career exploration, goal selection, and ongoing academic assistance.
  • Helps students build peer support networks.
  • Encourages student participation in out-of-class activities.
  • Provides encouragement and guidance to foster student success.
  • Treats students with respect
  • Maintains the learning environment to ensure quality and/or sound pedagogy.

This job description may not encompass all duties and responsibilities associated with the position.