Police Commander

Lathrop, CA
Lathrop Police Department

Salary: $159,504.00 – $193,789.00 Annually.

Position Summary:

The Police Commander is a management-level classification and is responsible for the operations of the assigned sworn and civilian personnel within the department in the protection of life and property, maintaining order, and enforcement of laws and ordinances. This class is required to manage various divisions, bureaus, and projects; investigate sensitive criminal or administrative matters; and assist the Police Chief in operations and support services functions as directed. This class is distinguished from Police Chief, which has overall management and budgetary responsibility for the Police Department.

Essential Functions:

  • Manages and supervises both sworn and professional staff and operational activities of a division, an assigned shift, or a function within a division; participates in the hiring process for subordinate positions and as needed.
  • Organizes and assigns personnel among shifts; reviews shift activities and coordinates information gathered and work accomplished by subordinates.
  • Oversees sworn and/or civilian supervisors to assure proper policies and procedures are followed; makes regular inspections of the holding area, building, and vehicles; investigates citizen complaints; appears in court as required. Responds to major crimes, accident scenes, and emergencies; supervises investigations, interviews, and interrogations in the field; conducts highly complex and sensitive investigations; solves problems as they arise within the unit or program.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities.
  • Participates in the development and management of the department budget for functional area of responsibility; monitors and approves expenditures as authorized.
  • Identifies opportunities for improving service delivery methods and procedures.
  • Directs, coordinates, and reviews the work plan for the assigned area of responsibility; assigns work activities and projects; monitors workflow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods, and procedures; meets with staff to identify and resolve problems.
  • Trains, motivates, supervises, and evaluates subordinate personnel; supervises and conducts personnel investigations and makes recommendations regarding discipline, assignment of personnel, and promotions.
  • Coordinates assigned police activities with those of other units, divisions, other City departments, and outside agencies and organizations; provides staff assistance to the Police Chief; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence.
  • Responds to inquiries from the media and general public; conducts meetings with local groups; provides interviews to media personnel upon request.
  • Reviews, corrects, and participates in the preparation of police reports and records.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the law enforcement field.
  • May serve as Acting Police Chief when designated in the Police Chief’s absence.
  • May manage special programs or projects as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned by a superior officer.


  • A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be the equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in police science, criminal justice administration, public administration, or a related field; and at least six (6) years of increasingly responsible service as a full-time, sworn peace officer with a public agency, including two (2) years at a supervisory level.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver License, Class C or higher, and a satisfactory driving record, prior to date of appointment. Possession of a valid California P.O.S.T. Advanced Certificate.
  • Possession of California P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate is highly desirable.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid CPR certification.
  • Must currently be employed as a sworn peace officer, in good standing; must successfully complete a comprehensive P.O.S.T. background investigation, physical examination, and psychological evaluation; must possess U.S. citizenship at the time of appointment.