Under administrative direction, administers the activities of one or more Police Department divisions; provides expert professional assistance to the Chief of Police and other City management staff in areas of expertise; develops and implements departmental policies, procedures, goals, and objectives; develops and administers assigned budgets; fosters cooperative working relationships with citizen groups and other agencies on police matters; assumes departmental command as assigned; performs other related duties as required.
The Police Commander is the management level class administering one or more Police Department divisions such as Operations and/or Support Services. The incumbent exercises considerable judgment and discretion in the administration and direction of assigned responsibilities. Incumbents may assume departmental command when necessary. This class is distinguished from the next higher class of Chief of Police in that the latter has ongoing overall responsibility for the Police Department.
Receives administrative direction from the Chief of Police. Exercises direct and indirect supervision over sworn and non-sworn personnel.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (include but are not limited to the following)
Effectively supervises subordinate staff by managing the day-to-day operations of one or more divisions, including Operations and/or Support Services; directly supervises patrol, detectives, communications, and records as assigned; determines service levels and staffing requirements; manages vehicles, property, training, background investigations, communications, and the development of an effective employer-employee relations strategy.
Assists and advises the Chief of Police; relieves the Chief of Police of administrative work; assists the Chief of Police in the operational planning and management of departmental programs, policies and actions; interprets policies, rules, and regulations governing police activities on behalf of the Chief of Police.
Manages and directs the work of detectives in the investigation of crimes; supervises the securing of crime scenes and the collection and proper handling of evidence.
Plans, schedules, directs, supervises, analyzes, and reviews the work of subordinates; through supervisory personnel, assigns work and recommends personnel for employment, retention, promotion, and demotion; confers with Sergeants regarding special assignments, providing instruction and direction as needed; directs the preparation of the more complex criminal cases for court action.
Prepares, manages, and coordinates the development of the Police Department’s and/or assigned divisional budget; prepares forecasts of necessary funds for staffing, materials, and supplies; presents, justifies, and defends programs, operations, and activities; monitors and approves expenditures; discusses and resolves budget issues with appropriate staff and implements adjustments as necessary.
Conducts research into a variety of law enforcement and administrative issues; recommends or reviews departmental policy and procedures, City rules, resolutions, and ordinances; prepares administrative reports; responds to correspondence and informational requests; ensures implementation of practices, which comply with adopted policies, laws, and regulations; studies statistical crime data and other reports; analyzes levels of criminal activity; determines trends and makes recommendations for changes in organization and operating procedures.
Responds to some of the most difficult inquiries and requests for information; assists in the hearing and adjustment of citizen complaints; conducts and oversees sensitive and complex internal and external investigations; represents the City and the Police Department, and works closely with citizen groups and public and private officials to provide technical assistance, directly or through subordinate staff.
May command the Police Department in the absence of the Chief of Police.
May fill in as the Watch Commander in the absence of a Sergeant.
May make presentations to City Council, other governmental agencies, and a variety of civic organizations as directed by the Chief of Police; plans and facilitates the conduct of special community events requiring law enforcement participation; establishes and maintains a customer service orientation within assigned areas; works with community groups and representatives in the development and administration of programs designed to address societal problems associated with crime and its prevention.
Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with representatives of community organizations, state/ local agencies and associations, City management and staff, and the public.
PHYSICAL, MENTAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, running, jumping, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, stooping, and lifting in excess of 50 pounds, and occasionally over 100 pounds in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires both near and far vision and acute hearing. Additionally, incumbents may work outdoors in all weather conditions, including wet, hot, and cold. The position entails working in hazardous situations, and may involve abusive persons, potential physical violence and the potential risk of exposure to chemical and biological hazards in the performance of law enforcement duties. The nature of the work also requires the incumbent to drive motorized vehicles under normal and emergency conditions, operate a variety of law enforcement equipment including firearms, work in heavy vehicle traffic conditions, and often work with constant interruptions. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
KNOWLEDGE/ABILITIES/SKILLS:(The following are a representative sample of the KAS’s necessary to perform essential duties of the position.)
In addition to requirements for Police Officer and Police Sergeant, extensive knowledge of modern principles, practices, and techniques of police administration, organization, and operation; methods and techniques of supervision, training, and motivation; principles and practices of program and budget development, administration, and evaluation; administrative and technical aspects of crime prevention and law enforcement activities, including community oriented policing, investigation, patrol, traffic control, record keeping, automated records systems, search and seizure, code violations, and care and custody of persons and property; applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, and regulations; officers’ rights; public relations techniques; care, maintenance, and operation of a variety of law enforcement equipment; principles of law enforcement information systems, including a computer and applicable software; modern office equipment, including a computer and applicable software; methods and techniques for record keeping and report preparation and writing; proper English, spelling, and grammar; occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
Take a proactive approach to problem solving; demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the department and community; attend work, as scheduled, on a regular basis, to effectively perform the position’s required duties and responsibilities; as well as practice and exemplify the Department’s Vision for Service. Ability to develop and implement comprehensive plans to satisfy department service needs; identify and effectively utilize policing and crime trends; act as an effective police administrator; administer one or more Police Department divisions and/or program areas; interpret and explain laws, regulations, and rules, as well as departmental policy and procedures; plan, organize, direct, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff; supervise and participate in the establishment of departmental goals, objectives, and methods for evaluating achievement and performance levels; analyze complex law enforcement issues, evaluate alternatives, and reach sound conclusions; make adjustments to standard operating procedures as necessary to improve organizational effectiveness; develop and implement plans for law enforcement services; interpret and explain laws, regulations, rules, and departmental policies and procedures; maintain appropriate flow of communication and chain of command; identify and inform superiors of sensitive issues/situation; supervise, train, and motivate assigned staff; act quickly and calmly in emergency situations; work flexible hours, including weekends and split shifts; apply applicable laws, codes, and regulations; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Safely and effectively operate a variety of law enforcement equipment, firearms, and a police vehicle in emergency situations; operate a computer and a variety of word processing and software applications.
QUALIFICATIONS: (The following are minimal qualifications necessary for entry into the classification.)
Education and/or Experience:
Any combination of education and experience that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for a Police Commander. Typically, a Police Commander would possess three years of increasingly responsible experience equivalent to that of a City of Grover Beach Police Sergeant and a Bachelor’s degree in Police Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Public Administration, or a related field.
Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Class C California driver’s license prior to appointment. Possession of a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate and a P.O.S.T. Advanced Certificate. Possession of a P.O.S.T. Management Certificate is highly desirable, but must be obtained within two years of appointment.
Additional Salary Information: Up to 10% salary incentives available.
About City of Grover Beach Police Department
Grover Beach is a community-oriented beach town offering diverse and affordable housing, a beautiful Central Coast location, and plenty of opportunities for all. Grover Beach is a full-service General Law city with a Council-Manager form of government with an ethnically diverse population of 13,400 covering 2.25 square miles. Located off Highway 101 and Highway 1, Grover Beach shares borders with Pismo Beach and Arroyo Grande, and is just 20 minutes south of San Luis Obispo, home of Cal Poly State University.
The City is moving forward with a number of significant infrastructure and economic development opportunities including the beachfront Grover Beach Lodge and Conference Center, construction of a municipal broadband network, and street rehabilitation following voter approval of a $48 million bond in 2014. Grover Beach draws tourists and residents with its moderate coastal climate, and diverse recreational activities year-round, including weekly summer concert series, hiking, riding, and jogging along white sandy beaches, dunes and sea cliffs, or surfing, kayaking, and fishing in the ocean. The City of Grover Beach provides the entrance to California’s only drivable stretch of beach.