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Police Lieutenant

The Police Lieutenant rank within the Police Department is assigned as Officer-in-Charge of various law enforcement and administrative functions. Lieutenants are generally assigned as Watch Commanders or Administrative Lieutenants. There is a Lieutenant assigned to one of the four patrol shifts. The Lieutenant may assist other divisions as the Commanding Officers or act as Officers-in-Charge of various specialized entities throughout the Department. The Lieutenant assigned to geographic patrol is responsible for supervising Patrol Sergeants, Police Officers who carry out day-to-day, routine crime suppression and investigative functions. In this capacity, the Lieutenant is an assistant to the Captain and acts as a Commanding Officer in the Captain’s absence. Specifically, the Lieutenant ensures appropriate and sufficient deployment of officers depending upon crime trends within the city. The Lieutenant will respond to scenes of serious crimes such as officer-involved shooting, homicide, major robbery and theft; reviews and ensures complete and accurate follow-up investigations; and keeps the Captain informed of issues of concern within his/her command. In addition, the Lieutenant performs administrative functions such as review of the incoming correspondence and response to Department entities, outside agencies, and citizens, supervisor’s daily activity reports, and crime and accident reports. The Lieutenant ensures appropriate and timely training of the subordinates, the inspection of personnel, equipment and facilities to ensure compliance with the Department’s policies and procedures, conducts interviews of sworn and civilian personnel, attends community meetings to promote Department’s goals and missions and performs other related duties.

Lieutenant supervises the activities of his/her subordinates coordinates specialized training and ensures sufficient stock of tactical supplies and equipment, maintains liaison with appropriate Department entities, acts as a leader at the scene of crime, and reviews and completes all reports for approval.

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