Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.


Under general direction, supervises, plans, and coordinates the activities and operations of assigned law enforcement services and activities of the Police Department including to serve as Watch Commander, commander of the Detective Division, or other assignment deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; and provides highly responsible and complex staff assistance to assigned Police Captain.


The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  • Coordinates the organization, staffing, and operational activities for assigned law enforcement services and activities including serving as Watch Commander, commander of the Detective Division, or other assignment deemed appropriate by the Chief of Police; as required, coordinate specialty collateral teams.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities; recommends and implements resulting policies and procedures.
  • Identifies opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures; identifies resource needs; reviews with appropriate management staff; implements improvements.
  • Directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for assigned services and activities; assigns work activities and projects; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Selects, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; works with employees to correct deficiencies; implements discipline procedures.
  • Participates in the development and administration of assigned program budget; forecasts funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; recommends adjustments as necessary.
  • Researches and develops grants for assigned programs; oversees grant implementation.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of the departmental training program; serves as instructor for in-service training as assigned.
  • When assigned as a Watch Commander, performs responsible management, supervisory, and technical police work in commanding an assigned field operation shift; receives complaints or reports of emergencies and determines need for police action.
  • When assigned to Community Policing and Traffic Units, oversees, manages, and supervises a variety of programs and services including Crime Prevention Unit, Volunteer programs, Business Liaison, Problem and Community Oriented Policing, School Liaison programs, Bicycle Patrol Unit, Traffic Collision Investigation and Traffic Enforcement programs, School Safety Patrol, DARE program, Parking Enforcement, False Alarm Billing, Special Events, and the Abandoned Vehicle Abatement program.
  • When assigned to Patrol Unit, manages field operations at the Police Department including supervising a shift of officers and sergeants; sets staffing levels; ensures officers and sergeants perform their duties according to law and policy.
  • When assigned as the Investigations Commander, oversees the work of the investigations unit; reviews all cases received and assigns to an investigator; conducts follow-up investigations on cases; responds to major and/or high profile crimes such as homicides; conducts pro-active enforcement operations and develops and implements strategies to prevent or suppress criminal activity.
  • Responds to major incidents reported to the Police Department to ensure that the Incident Commander is following Incident Command System/Standardized Emergency Management System (ICS/SEMS) protocol; assumes role as Incident Commander or other role as needed for the situation.
  • Conducts internal inspections of the jail, surrounding buildings and grounds, police vehicles, radios and related equipment.
  • Assists the City attorney in researching and analyzing special cases against the City.
  • Reviews, corrects and participates in the preparation of police reports and records; researches a variety of records; serves as custodian of personnel records.
  • Coordinates assigned law enforcement services and activities with those of other divisions, outside agencies and organizations.
  • Provides staff assistance to assigned Police Captain; prepares and presents staff reports and other correspondence as appropriate and necessary; prepares a variety of reports and makes presentations.
  • Responds to inquiries from the media and general public; resolves difficult and sensitive complaints; conducts meetings with local media personnel; prepares news releases; provides interviews to media personnel upon request.
  • Serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings and committees; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of law enforcement.
  • Performs related duties as required.


The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive municipal law enforcement program.
  • Law enforcement theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs.
  • Methods and techniques used in providing the full range of law enforcement and crime prevention services and activities including investigation and identification, patrol, traffic control, crime prevention, records management, and care and custody of persons and property.
  • Modern methods and procedures of criminal identification and records.
  • Use of firearms and other modern police equipment.
  • Methods and techniques of public relations.
  • Principles of customer service.
  • Recent court decisions and how they affect department operations.
  • Principles and practices of municipal budget preparation and administration.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation.
  • Office procedures, methods and equipment including computers.
  • Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Ability to:

  • Supervise, direct, and coordinate the work of assigned staff.
  • Select, train, and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Effectively deploy and review the work of officers and special investigational details.
  • Prepare clear and concise administrative reports.
  • Prepare and administer budgets.
  • Discharge firearms in a safe and effective manner.
  • Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local policies, laws, and regulations.
  • Interpret and explain City law enforcement policies and procedures.
  • Supervise and conduct sensitive investigations.
  • Identify and prepare information for release to the media.
  • Analyze emergency situations and adopt quick, reasonable and effective courses of action.
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Recommend improvements in departmental operations and in the rules, regulations, and policies governing the department.
  • Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in criminal justice, criminology, police science, business administration, public administration or a related field.

Experience:Five years of increasingly responsible law enforcement experience, including one year of administrative and/or lead supervisory experience as a Police Sergeant with the City of Escondido.

License or Certificate - Possession of a P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate. Possession of an appropriate, valid driver’s license.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Standard office setting with occasional field work. Work schedule is 4/10 or 9/80 depending on area of assignment. Work environment is both formal and informal, team oriented, having variable tasks, pace, and pressure. Work is usually performed indoors in office and in meeting rooms; occasionally work outdoors in all weather conditions when required to respond to in-progress calls and major incidents.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting and operate office equipment; ability to respond to calls for service and to take police action when necessary. CONTINUOUS sitting and upward and downward flexion of neck; fine finger dexterity; light to moderate finger pressure to manipulate keyboard, equipment controls, and office equipment; pinch grasp to manipulate writing utensils. FREQUENT side-to-side turning of neck, walking, standing, bending, stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting at waist; moderate wrist torque to twist equipment knobs and dials; lifting objects weighing up to 20 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 50 yards. OCCASIONAL squatting, kneeling, and reaching above and at shoulder height; moderate grasp to manipulate reference books and manuals; lifting objects weighing 20-3 5 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 50 feet; extreme physical exertion to assist with physical altercations.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents and to operate equipment.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Date: April 2003
Johnson & Associates