If you are looking to move to the next step in your career, the City of East Palo Alto Police Department has an exciting opportunity.
This classification performs important operational and administrative work in the protection of life and property. A Police Commander reports to the Police Chief and functions in an operations capacity or manages a sub-program or major component of the Police Department. In each assignment, the Police Commander is responsible for all police activities and personnel on assigned shifts or work unit.
Primary responsibility is to command the operations of the Police Department; performs complex administrative and professional duties; ranks second in command; acts as Chief in the absence of the Police Chief.
This reflects essential responsibilities of this classification; however, all responsibilities may not be performed by all incumbents.
Coordinate the organization, staffing, and operational activities for an assigned Division within the Police Department.
Participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for an assigned police operation or program, identify opportunities for improving police service delivery methods and procedures.
Supervise, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; implement corrective actions and/or disciplinary procedures as necessary.
Direct, plan, coordinate, assign, schedule and review the work of an assigned police operation or program and staff members; assign cases and conduct follow-up of status reviews; review daily log and reports submitted by officers; ensure compliance with the Department policies and procedures.
Participate in the development and administration of an assigned budget; forecast additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitor and approve expenditures; recommend adjustments as necessary.
Maintain discipline and enforce all rules, regulations, and special or general orders.
Conduct inspections of facilities and equipment to ensure proper use and maintenance.
Coordinate assigned activities with those of other divisions and outside agencies and organizations; maintain and facilitate positive public relations and cooperative working relations with news media, schools, local organizations and general public; attend and speak at various community functions and meetings; prepare press releases.
Exchange information with citizens; interview citizens regarding complaints or suggestions regarding police services.
Provide administrative and technical assistance to the Police Chief, prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
Conduct investigations of citizen and Department personnel complaints as assigned by the Police Chief; mediate conflicts between Department personnel and citizens.
Minimum Qualifications Required
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade and completion of two (2) years of coursework from an accredited college or university (equivalent to 60 semester units or 90 quarter units), successful completion of all phases of the basic police academy, and successful completion of the Field Training Officers Program.
Two (2) years of continuous satisfactory service as a Police Sergeant or equivalent management experience.
Licenses and/or Certifications:
Possession of a valid California driver’s license and satisfactory driving record.
Possession of a Basic Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Certificate.
An intermediate P.O.S.T. certificate is required at time of appointment.
Additional Salary Information: RETIREMENT:
CalPERS Classic Members: 3% @ 55 formula; employees pay a nine percent (9%) pre-tax contribution
CalPERS New Members: 2.7% @ 57 formula; employees pay an eleven and one half percent (11.5%) pre-tax contribution
No Social Security deduction
Medical: City provides 100% coverage to employee and 80% insurance premium contribution for dependents
Dental: City pays full employee premium; dependent coverage is available, paid for by employee
Life Insurance: City pays for coverage up to $100,000
Long Term Disability Insurance: City pays for this coverage
Vacation: 80 to 200 hours/year based upon years of continuous City of East Palo Alto public service
Management Leave: 76 hours/year
Sick Leave: 3.07 hours/per pay period
Holidays: 12 paid holidays/year
Employee Assistance Program
Flexible Benefits Plan: Employees can elect pre-tax contributions to pay for eligible medical and dependent care expenses
ICMA 457 Plan: Employees can elect pre-tax contributions
About City of East Palo Alto Police Department
The City of East Palo Alto is a beautiful community located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, bordering the San Francisco Bay. Founded by speculators and farmers in 1849, the town was originally named Ravenswood. East Palo Alto has a rich history of community self-determination since its relatively recent incorporation in 1983. The population is approximately 31,500 with an area of 2.5 square miles.
Community assets include:
-A rich historical heritage
-A culturally diverse community
-An active and engaged resident population
-A friendly residential community with a small town family oriented atmosphere
-A Bay Area location centrally located to San Francisco, East Bay and South Bay cities
The community is concernd about maintaining its quality of life and housing affordability while planning for balanced future development. The City expects to experience a significant increase in development review activity over the next 2-3 years, including commercial office space, affordable housing, and school projects.