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Police Lieutenant

Ventura, California 



Ventura County

Community College District

255 W. Stanley Avenue, Suite 150

Ventura, CA 93001

Phone: 805-652-5500




Starting Salary: $5,365 - $5,986

Salary Range: $5,365 - $7,437 

Application Deadline: 10/26/08




Community College Police Lieutenant


Posting Number: 0600738



Under the direction of Chief of Police, plan, organize, and supervise the operations of the Police Department at a college location; perform specialized supervisory and police work as assigned; enforce applicable federal, state, city, county and district laws, enforce rules and regulations governing use of college buildings and grounds; make arrests, write reports, testify in court, control traffic, control parking; patrol buildings, grounds and other properties of the college campus; provide for the safety and protection of students, visitors, and personnel.

An incumbent assigned to this class is a working command officer who provides functional supervision over student aides and other department personnel as assigned. This class incumbent serves as the highest-ranking department officer on a particular District campus. Incumbents are authorized to wear a uniform, carry firearms. They are sworn peace officers as defined by the California Penal Code, Chapter 4.5 et seq.



Job Duties:

E = Essential Duties

  • Supervise and participate in police activities of functions in the District as assigned by the Chief of Police. E

  • Plan police coverage for crowd and traffic control of college dances, sports events, theater productions, community service functions and similar activities; schedule student police aides to supplement traffic and crowd control and other functions and activities. E

  • Assign, coordinate, direct and review activities of subordinate officers; train and evaluate assigned staff. E

  • Supervise dispatch of or participate in patrols and special investigations; provide safety and protection of students, visitors and personnel; patrol buildings, grounds and other properties of the college campus; carry firearms. E

  • Review reports and compile data for court presentations; appear in court to present evidence and testimony in criminal cases as required. E

  • Develop and maintain departmental records, assist with preparation of departmental budget. Assure the accurate accounting of daily parking fees. E

  • Prepare various statistical and narrative reports. E

  • Perform strategic planning, propose and establish programs to improve the police mission. E

  • Interview students, faculty and campus personnel regarding complaints concerning citations, officer conduct and departmental policies and procedures. E

  • Act as liaison between department and campus administration and between campus and local law enforcement agencies. E

  • Train, provide work direction and guidance to officers and student police aides; evaluate performance of other officers and student police aides; assist in providing in-service training. E

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with students and others; provide information and direction to the public as appropriate. E

  • Conduct investigations and follow up investigations of campus incidents; prepare crime or incident reports; prepare, issue and process traffic and parking citations according to established procedures. E

  • Patrol college properties as assigned to maintain order and prevent crime; check and secure doors, rooms and buildings and safeguard equipment; inspect for vandalism, illegal entry, theft and fire; report hazardous or unusual conditions or malfunctions; extinguish small fires as necessary. E

  • Respond to alarm and radio calls; apprehend violators: provide emergency first aid; check and interrogate suspicious persons; repair and install alarm systems. E

  • Receive complaint requests for assistance from students, visitors or college personnel; contact police and fire authorities as necessary; assure the safe transport of college monies. E

  • Perform other duties as defined in the Police Policy and Procedure Manual, Police Department general orders and policies of the College District. E

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Any combination equivalent to high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Test, or

  • Have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college

  • Minimum five years service as full-time, regularly appointed peace officer in a US public law enforcement agency, including two years of such service in a lead capacity

  • Possess a current valid California P.O.S.T. Basic certificate 


Licenses or other Requirements:

  • Valid California P.O.S.T. Basic certificate

  • Undergo and pass a physical agility test

  • Obtain valid California driver's license upon employment

  • Valid First Aid Certificate and CPR Certificates

  • Be eligible for and apply for P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate within one year of appointment

  • Meet requirements of California Government Code Sections 1029, 1030, 1031 et seq.

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien eligible for and who has applied for such citizenship

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Undergo and pass a subjective background investigation to determine if the candidate meets department standards

  • Upon receiving conditional offer of employment, pass a medical and psychological examination and meet department standards thereof

  • Successfully complete department field training

  • Undergo and pass polygraph examination 


Knowledge Of:


Law enforcement and security methods and procedures. Includes applicable federal, state, city, county and district laws, rules and regulations, including laws of search, seizure and arrest, legal rights of citizens, court procedures and rules of evidence Modern community college police manuals and procedures Principles and practices of supervision and training Criminal investigations techniques and procedures Crowd control and vehicle control procedures District organization, operations, policies and objectives Oral and written communications skills Correct use of English, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary Technical aspects of field of specialty Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. 



Ability To:


Plan, organize, supervise and participate in the operations of the college police department Interpret, apply and enforce applicable laws, rules and regulations Direct and conduct investigations, make arrests, file criminal complaints, detect and prevent crime Understand and apply sound principles of college police administration Recommend improvements in department operations and changes in policies and procedures Prepare and present clear, concise and comprehensive oral and written reports Plan, coordinate and supervise staff training programs Maintain rapport with college students, staff, representatives of local law enforcement agencies and the public Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action Understand and follow oral and written directions Work independently with little direction Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with others Meet schedules and time lines Plan and organize work Train and supervise personnel Maintain records and prepare reports Work confidentially with discretion Communicate effectively both orally and in writing English language. 



Physical Abilities:


Reach overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally Stand and walk for extended periods of time Run, walk over uneven surfaces Climb stairs Bend at the waist, kneel or crouch Hear and speak to exchange information Lift maximum weight allowed by OSHA standards Safely operate motor vehicles in varied weather conditions and emergency or pursuit conditions. 



Requested Start Date:





Work Week/Hours:


Variable 40 hour work week


This 12 month, 100% position will be throughout the Ventura Community College District. 



Closing Date:





Required Selection Process:



In completing the application and the supplemental questionnaire (if required), outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops) and experience. Application materials will be screened by a committee of subject matter experts, who will recommend candidates for participation in the oral examination process. Appearance before the oral examination board will be limited to the candidates with the highest written and/or screening scores.



Upon completion of the examination, the open / promotional eligibility list will be compiled by combining the screening score, oral score, and applicable seniority and veteran's credits, if any. The candidates will be ranked according to their total score on the eligibility list. Certification will be made from the highest three ranks of the open / promotional eligibility list. This eligibility list will be used to fill the current vacancies up to one year from the date of the oral examination.



The candidate selected will be recommended by the Chancellor to the Governing Board for final approval.



All appointments made from eligibility lists for initial appointment or for promotion shall be probationary for a period of one year.



Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation in the selection process must inform the Ventura County Community College District Human Resources Department in writing no later than the filing date stated on the announcement. Those applicants needing such accommodations should document this request including an explanation as to the type and extent of accommodation needed to participate in the selection process. 



Salary Range:


$5,365 - $7,437



Special Instructions to Applicants:


The eligibility list being established will be used to fill full-time and part-time positions in this classification up to one year throughout the Ventura County Community College District.





Screening Examination, Weighted 40%

Oral Examination, Weighted 60%



In completing the application and supplemental questionnaire (if required), outline in detail your education, training (such as classes, seminars, workshops) and experience. This information will be evaluated and scored to determine those candidates who will participate in the oral examination. 



Supplemental Questions:


The following questions will be asked of all applicants:


Please list the date you completed P.O.S.T basic certification.


Please describe how you meet or exceed these minimum qualifications: Any combination equivalent to high school graduate or have passed the General Educational Development Test, or have attained a two-year or four-year degree from an accredited college and a minimum five years service as full-time, regularly appointed peace officer in a US public law enforcement agency, including two years of such service in a lead capacity. Possess a current valid California P.O.S.T. Basic certificate. (note - answers are limited to 1200 characters)


Do you currently possess or can you obtain a valid California driver's license upon employment?


Do you possess a valid First Aid Certificate and CPR Certificate?


How did you learn about this job vacancy? 



Starting Salary:


$5,365 - $5,986


New employees may request salary placement above step one based on directly related experience which exceeds the minimum qualifications for the classification. Advanced salary placement must be requested at the time of offer and is subject to verification of qualifying experience and applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements and/or Personnel Commission Rules.  



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