Employment Opportunity

Patrol Lieutenant



Position Title: Police Lieutenant


Immediate Supervisor: Chief of Police


DATE POSTED:  April 20, 2021


CLOSING DATE:  May 4, 2021




Plan, coordinate, assign, and direct the work of a division, section, or shift to provide protection of life and property, enforcement of laws and ordinances, and investigations. Direct and perform specified staff assignments with input from his/her supervisory team, the priorities of each division, unit or shift, as well as the delivery of basic policing services, and the requests for services from the public are established and efficiently handled. In addition, the Lieutenant monitors the performance of his/her first line supervisors (sergeants). 



  • Commands the patrol or investigations division of the police department
  • Supervises and evaluates sergeants and police officers as needed
  • Assesses the overall efficiency of their division
  • Advises and assists subordinates in solving highly complex police problems
  • Establishes and maintains effective communications with community groups
  • Aids in preparation of the annual budget for the police department
  • Aids in officer developments and supervisory training programs
  • Responds to calls involving unusual occurrences or serious injury to officers and any other calls which may be considered newsworthy or may have a significant impact on the police department or the City of Balcones Heights
  • Coordinates with first line supervisors regarding staffing needs
  • Supervises the patrol field training officer (FTO) program
  • Maintains appropriate documentation of all disciplinary related matters
  • Approves reports, summons, citations, and all shift related paperwork and scheduling
  • Works with the Fleet Officer to ensure the proper maintenance and repair of all police vehicles is carried out
  • Establishes and maintains a working environment conductive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity, and teamwork
  • May perform other duties as assigned






Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures.
  • Knowledge of police reporting and recordkeeping policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of administrative principles and methods, including goals and objectives development, program development and implementation, work organization, and delegation and employee supervision.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of law enforcement, investigation, patrol, community services, and related police services.
  • Knowledge of criminal law, codes, ordinances, and court interpretations including rights of citizens, apprehension, arrest, search and seizure, and rules of evidence.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of budget development and administration.
  • Knowledge of local government organizations and functions as related to public safety.
  • Knowledge of use and care of firearms.
  • Plan, organize, administer, coordinate, and evaluate a comprehensive police services program.
  • Select, motivate, and evaluate staff and provide for training and professional development.
  • Develop and implement goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards, and internal controls.
  • Analyze complex technical and administrative police services problems, evaluate alternative solutions, and adopt effective courses of action.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Exercise sound independent judgment within general policy and administrative guidelines.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.


Education and Experience: (Minimum Requirements)

  • Must have at least four (4) years continuous service as a sworn police officer with at least one (1) year as a Sergeant in the department.


Preferred Qualifications:  

  • A Bachelor's degree with major work in criminology, law enforcement, social science, public administration or a closely related field.
  • Completion of advanced command training such as the FBI National Academy, Command and Management College (ILEA), Southern Police Institute, Bill Blackwood Institute (LEMIT) or equivalent
  • Ten years of broad and extensive experience in leadership (five years above the rank of Sergeant) of a law enforcement agency.
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