Town of Menasha

Position Description


Title:                      Police Lieutenant                                                 Department:                         Police


Date:                      September 24, 2001                                              Pay Grade:                            13

                                Revised per resolution #020923-11 September 23, 2002


Reports To:           Police Chief



Purpose of Classification


The purpose of this classification is to supervise, coach and mentor police officers and civilian staff, to provide backup with calls involving police functions and to assist in training, and to assist in developing and implementing department policy while maintaining accreditation standards.  The work is performed under the direction of the Chief.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


The following duties are normal for this classification.  These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required and assigned.


·              Supervises sworn and civilian personnel, based on assignment and shift; assists in selecting new employees; provides training and instructions; allocates personnel; plans, coordinates, assigns and reviews work; maintains standards; acts on problems; approves leave and evaluates performance regularly.


·              Monitors shift activity; conducts roll calls; reviews, corrects and reassigns all paperwork; ensures prompt response to emergency and non-emergency calls for service.  Ensures compliance with directives, policies and procedures; recommends changes to policies, procedures and ordinances.


·              Performs all patrol/response duties; assumes command in emergency situations and on major cases; coordinates the processing of crime scenes; assigns investigations; operates a squad car and other equipment according to statutory requirements.


·              Trains and instructs officers and civilian staff; assesses the training needs of staff, making recommendations on necessary training, remedial training; research, analyze and prepare individual career enrichment training plans based on department needs, along with employee goals; maintains department training records.


·                     Conducts investigations of violations of department policy and complaints regarding police personnel, recommending discipline as appropriate.


·                     Assists in the development of department budget; requests funds for specific programs or equipment.


·                     Enters case management requests into the Computer Aided Dispatch System; assigns follow-up work as needed.


·                     Represents the department; acts as liaison to other departments, offices and agencies.




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·                     Prepares, maintains, reviews, updates and approves a variety of reports, logbooks, Court dates, schedules, statutes, ordinances, and correspondence, and documentation, press releases.


·                     Testifies in Court as needed.


·                     Maintains or coordinates distribution of vehicles, weapons and equipment.


·                     Attends a variety of training sessions and meetings.


·                     Oversees criminal investigations


·                     Develops and implements policies and procedures related to accreditation; identifies department needs and assists in developing programs and systems to ensure compliance with standards.


·                     Develops and implements policies and procedures on department training; ensures department staff maintains required certifications; coordinates other instructors/training sessions.


·                     Develops and implements policies and procedures related to annual community relations and crime prevention budgets; coordinates activities for both areas.


·                     Researches availability of grants for projects and equipment; writes grants.


·                     Acts as department Public Information Officer; assisting the media in covering stories at the scenes of major incidents.  Ensure that all releases of information are in compliance with department policies and state statutes, the Wisconsin Open Records Law and related court decisions while protecting the integrity of active police investigations.


·                     Participates in assessment centers.


·                     Provides input into department goals and objectives.


Additional Tasks and Responsibilities


While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this classification and may also be performed by other unit members.


·                     Maintains vehicles.


·                     Performs general clerical functions.


·                     Assists with the senior citizen police academy.


·                     Performs other functions as assigned or required.


·                     Reviews statistical information regarding number of calls for service, response time, etc.


·                     Reviews Communication Technician activity logs.


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Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions


Associate’s degree in Police Science, Criminal Justice or a related field with three to five years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience, or any combination of education and experience that provides equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities.  Position requires Wisconsin Law Enforcement certification and the possession of a valid Wisconsin driver’s license.


Physical and Mental Abilities Required to Perform Essential Job Functions


Language Ability and Interpersonal Communications


·                     Requires the ability to perform mid to upper-level data analysis including the ability to audit, deduce, assess, conclude, appraise, strategize, systematize and correlate, using discretion in determining time, place and/or sequence of operations within an organization framework.  Requires the ability to implement decisions based on data, define consequences, develop alternatives and accepts responsibility for the execution of these decisions. 


·                     Requires the ability to provide first line supervision.  Ability to persuade, convince, influence, and train others.


·                     Requires the ability to utilize a variety of reference, descriptive and/or advisory data and information such as accident and incident reports, activity logs, training reports, policy manual, traffic and law books, ordinances, technical operating manuals, statutes, procedures, guidelines, and non-routine correspondence.


·                     Requires the ability to utilize accreditation reports and documentation, grant applications and reports, field training manuals, training materials, and financial statements.


·                     Requires the ability to communicate verbally and in writing with the Police Chief, subordinate officers and all other department personnel, area coalitions, committees, groups, school officials, arrestees, defendants, other law enforcement agencies, training personnel, customers, other departments, and the public.


Mathematical Ability


·                     Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; calculate percentages and decimals; may require ability to perform mathematical operations with fractions, basic algebra and statistics.


Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability


·                     Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems, influence systems such as supervision, managing, leading, teaching, directing, planning, coordinating and controlling.  Ability to interpret instructions furnished in written verbal diagrammatic or schedule form.  Ability to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objective and to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to problem resolution.


·                     Requires the ability to exercise the judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in critical and/or unexpected situations involving moderate risk to the organization.


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Physical Requirements


·                     Requires the ability to operate, calibrate, tune and synchronize, and perform complex rapid adjustments on equipment, machinery and tools such as a computer and other office machines, police vehicles, weapons and/or related equipment used in performing essential functions.


·                     Requires the ability to coordinate eyes, hands, feet and limbs in performing movements requiring skill and training, such as discharging firearms.


·                     Tasks involve the regular and, at times, sustained performance of moderately physically demanding work, typically involving some combinations of climbing and balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, and lifting, carrying, pushing and pulling moderately heavy objects and materials, twenty to fifty pounds.


·                     Requires the ability to recognize and identify degrees of similarities or differences between characteristics of colors, shapes, sounds, tastes, odors, and textures associated with job-related objects, materials and tasks.


Environmental Adaptability


Ability to work under potentially dangerous and uncomfortable conditions where exposure to environmental factors such as temperature extremes, traffic hazards, violence or disease can cause discomfort and where there is a risk of injury.


The Town of Menasha is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Town will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.









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