Patrol Lieutenant

Mount Rainier, MD
City of Mount Rainier

Salary: $81,732

*Please note that this is an on-site position. *
*Incumbent must show proof of COVID Vaccination.
*Unvaccinated employees are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 Testing. *

The Mount Rainier Police Department is committed to a policing model of Community Policing. To that end, the Mission is to work in partnership with other city departments, the residential and business community, and other governmental and non-profit agencies to reduce crime, provide a sense of safety and security and improve the quality of life for those who visit, live, and work in the City of Mount Rainier.

The Mount Rainier Police Department has an immediate opening for an experienced Lieutenant.

General Definition and Conditions of Work:

Performs difficult protective work serving as a supervisor over the administration function of the department, to include investigations (internal, criminal, community policing officer), and does related work as required. This is a highly responsible supervisory position which requires leadership qualities that can influence subordinates by creating an environment of support, personal example, creativity and positive attitude, and possess the ability to maintain open communication channels with both peers and the public. The Lieutenant must create a climate of problem solving rather than blame and be a role model of the values and goals of the organization through a team concept. Much of the work is performed under normal conditions but may include emergency conditions that can involve considerable personal hazard.

The work is performed under the supervision of the Chief of Police. Supervision is exercised over the Detectives, and Police Officers.

Acts as the department’s evidence/ property room manager, grant writer/ manager for police, is in charge of the department’s hiring process, keeps track of all training records for police, and ensures that officers meet their yearly required training. In the absence of the Chief of Police or Assistant Chief may act in the Chief’s absence.

Essential Functions/Typical Tasks:

  • Supervises the Patrol Sergeants and Officers.
  • Enforces laws; oversees the patrol function of preliminary investigations; works with patrol staff to identify problems and develop solutions to quality-of-life issues, neighborhood disputes and criminal activity; ensures safety of the public; maintains records and files, prepares reports to keep the Chief of Police and the agency informed.

Working with members of the Mount Rainier Police Department:

  • Evaluates, mentors and counsel’s subordinate personnel in reference to their duty performance. Performs yearly evaluations on both operations sergeants, and ensures all annual reviews are completed for patrol and dispatch.
  • Coordinates the Department’s training program; ensures all personnel receive mandatory and specialized training.
  • Schedules personnel; plans and supervises special activities.
  • Supervises the department’s field training officer program and ensures it is within best practices.
  • Delegates tasks to the Patrol Sergeants as appropriate.
  • Supervises and participates in patrol, traffic or preliminary investigation assignments.
  • Oversees work of the patrol force; checks quality and quantity of work performed and submits a monthly report to the Chief of Police.
  • Holds subordinates accountable to the Department’s policies & procedures.
  • Oversees preliminary criminal investigations; may organize and manage stakeouts.
  • May deal with restricted and confidential information and material.
  • Manages the department’s recruitment and intern functions.
  • Supervises and participates in the preparation of daily, special and periodic plans and reports.
  • May assist in the service of warrants, summons and citations; testifies in court.
  • At the direction of the Chief of Police, makes periodic public addresses concerning
  • Police operations and law enforcement and meets with the news media for interviews, issues news releases.
  • Supervises the investigation function of the Department, actively assisting where necessary, to include the interrogation of suspects, assists in gathering of evidence, manages and may conduct surveillance, apprehends violators; makes arrests.
  • Performs all duties of a Police Officer and Sergeant as needed; performs related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations of the Mount Rainier Police Department; thorough knowledge of approved principles, practices and procedures of Police work; thorough knowledge of pertinent Federal and state laws and municipal ordinances; thorough knowledge of the geography of the City and the location of all important buildings; ability to command respect of officers, fellow civilian employees and citizens; the ability to assign, direct and supervise subordinates work; ability to deal with the public courteously and firmly and to establish and maintain satisfactory public relations; ability to analyze complex Police problems and situations and to adopt quick, effective and reasonable courses of action; skill in the use of firearms and the operation of a motor vehicle; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, other law enforcement agencies, government officials and the general public.

*The incumbent in this position is considered an “Essential” employee and will be required to report for work during natural/manmade disasters, and during special operations as assigned. “Essential” employees are expected to report or remain at work when other City employees are granted administrative leave.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from high school; five years of Police experience including 2 years of supervisory experience. If the candidate does not have an associate’s degree, they must attend advanced leadership training (Southern Police Institute, Penn State Police Executive Management School, and/or a comparable school) should be scheduled as soon as possible.

Work Environment:
This is medium work requiring the exertion of 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects; work requires climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, and feeling; vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels; visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, visual inspection involving small defects and/or small parts, use of measuring devices, operation of machines, operation of motor vehicles or equipment, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work and observing general surroundings and activities; the lieutenant is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, vibration, hazards, atmospheric conditions and oils. The lieutenant may be exposed to blood borne pathogens and may be required to wear specialized personal protective equipment.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Safety Hazards:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in a field environment in various weather conditions:

This position involves potential exposure to and requires the employee to function in the presence of:

All and extreme weather conditions.

All and extreme lighting conditions–daylight and night light, with and without artificial light available, indoors and outdoors.

Fire, smoke, chemical leaks/spills–in close proximity as necessary to provide emergency services.

Personal danger, including but not limited to:

  • Armed and/or dangerous persons/animals.
  • Persons and/or articles with contagious/communicable diseases.
  • persons under the influence of drugs/alcohol, suffering from mental disorders or emotional distress.
  • Hazards associated with emergency driving, traffic control and working in and around traffic.
  • Hazards associated with natural and man-made disasters.

Bloodborne Pathogens:

The duties of Police Officer include the handling of evidence which may contain a risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, contact with persons who may have contagious/communicable diseases and providing initial emergency responder first aid care to injured persons.

EEO Statement:

The City of Mount Rainier provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, the City of Mount Rainier complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the organization has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


Take home police vehicle.

Bi-lingual pay.

Maryland State Retirement (ACPS).

Health Insurance (includes prescription and dental coverage) – Employee only coverage is at no cost to the employee.

Uniforms and equipment provided.

12 days annual leave for new employees and one personal day.

Holiday pay at double time hourly salary rate.

Shift Differential.

Court pay minimum of two hours at overtime rate.

Competitive promotion process.