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Police Captain
City of Alameda, East Bay

Law Enforcement

For more info contact:
[email protected]
(510) 747-4900

This Recruitment is open to City of Alameda Employees Only

Close Date: Apr 11, 2013
Salary: $133,120.00 - $161,798.00 Annually


Under general direction, commands a major unit of the Police Department as assigned and participates in the administration of the department; serves as a member of the Police management team for overall departmental planning, research and work coordination; acts for the Chief of Police as required or directed; performs other related work as required.


  1. Plans, supervises, and coordinates activities of major units of the Police Department as assigned.
  2. Directs and monitors continuous review of police services and the development and implementation of goals, plans, programs and policies in support of the mission of the Police Department.
  3. Plans, supervises and coordinates the work of assigned staff in preserving order, protecting life and property and enforcing laws and municipal ordinances.
  4. Promotes community-based policing programs and supports the Department’s strong commitment to ethical police practices.
  5. Serves as liaison to and coordinates activities with other law enforcement agencies, City departments and various community members and groups.
  6. Conducts inspections.
  7. Investigates and takes appropriate action on complaints and personnel problems.
  8. Confers with and advises City officials and other public and civic agencies on law enforcement problems and issues.
  9. Conducts research and recommends changes in policies or procedures; prepares and presents various reports, studies and orders.
  10. Functions as Acting Chief of Police as required or directed.
  11. Coordinates budget planning, preparation and control.
  12. Supervises, trains and evaluates assigned staff.


 Possession of the employment standards does not assure advancement to the Examination or placement on the Eligible List. This is a competitive examination where a candidate’s performance in the Examination will be judged in comparison with the performance of other candidates. To be considered, applicants should possess the combination of education and experience necessary to prove the required knowledge and abilities for the position.

 Education/Experience & Other Requirements

(Incumbent Police Management employees as of April 10, 2013, must comply with the following qualifications by December 31, 2014.)
1. Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with major course work in law enforcement, public administration, business administration or a related field, AND Advanced POST Certification, AND 18 months experience as a Police Lieutenant with the City of Alameda at the time of appointment, including probation and acting time.
POST Management Certification and Advanced POST Certification, AND 15 years total law enforcement experience including 24 months with 36 months desirable experience as a Police Lieutenant with the City of Alameda at the time of appointment, including probation and acting time
2. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university is desirable.
3. Possession of a valid California Driver's License and satisfactory driving record as a condition of initial and continued employment.

Knowledge of principles and practices of modern municipal police administration and technology; modern police administration, including principles, problems and techniques of criminal investigation and interrogation, patrol administration, traffic supervision, crime prevention, juvenile delinquency control, and prevention and control of disorders; laws and court decisions governing rights of individuals, custody of persons, search and seizure, and the rules of evidence; personnel practices and procedures; record keeping and reporting requirements and procedures; functions of other City departments and county, state and federal law enforcement agencies; and rules, regulations, general orders, goals and mission of the Alameda Police Department; safe work practices and procedures.

Ability to effectively and efficiently participate in the administration of the Police Department; plan, organize, coordinate and direct activities of major units as assigned; participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, procedures, work standards and internal controls in support of the mission of the Police Department and the development and maintenance of positive and active relationships between the community and the Police Department; plan, supervise and coordinate the work as assigned staff; demonstrate effective leadership; review and analyze complex and technical information; draw valid conclusions and project consequences of decisions and recommendations; set priorities and meet deadlines; interpret, apply, enforce federal, state, and local laws, regulations and court decisions; interpret, apply and explain rules, laws, regulation, policies and procedures; issue instructions, directions and orders; analyze situations and make quick decisions requiring sound judgment; maintain level of knowledge required for satisfactory job performance; establish and maintain accurate records; prepare and present concise, comprehensive reports and orders; communicate effectively; act with resourcefulness, courtesy and initiative; exercise independent judgment; develop and administer assigned budgets; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, public officials, other agencies, and the general public.


Ability to maintain physical and mental condition appropriate to perform assigned duties and responsibilities; maintain effective audio and visual discrimination and perception needed to perform assigned duties; and effectively deal with, direct and perform work activities under potentially dangerous situations.


PART I: A review of all applications and resumes to identify those applicants who meet the minimum requirements for acceptance into the exam. A RESUME MUST BE SUBMITTED ALONG WITH THE APPLICATION BY THE FILING DEADLINE FOR CONSIDERATION.

PART II: Structured Oral Interview (weighted 100%). The Structured Oral Interview will examine the applicant’s knowledge and skill in the areas of leadership, decision-making, command presence, commitment, fact finding and interpersonal skills as related to Police Department programs, procedures and/or problems. The assessment of the Structured Oral Interview will be made by a panel of subject matter experts. Candidates who achieve a minimum of 70% on all parts of the selection process will have their names placed on an Eligible List in rank order. Tie scores will be broken by giving priority to the candidate based on the earliest application. When a vacancy occurs, the three (3) names highest on the list are certified to the department. Placement on an Eligible List does not guarantee employment. Federal law requires that, prior to employment, you must furnish proof of your identity and eligibility for employment in the United States..


1.      Apply ONLINE at

2.      Apply IN-PERSON at the City of Alameda Human Resources Department (Monday-Thursday, 8am-6pm) at 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Room 290, Alameda, CA 94501

Applications must be filed no later than closing time on the last date to apply.  No photocopies or facsimiles are accepted.  It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate delivery time.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City Application. 


VETERAN’S PREFERENCE CREDIT:  A job applicant qualifies as a veteran if honorably discharged from active military, reservist, or National Guard duty of at least 18 consecutive months within the past five (5) years of the date of application. In case of discharge attributable to service-connected injuries or illnesses, the 18 months active duty requirement need not be fulfilled. An applicant claiming veteran’s preference credit must attach to their application, a legible copy of their DD-214 verifying the type of discharge and date(s) of active service.  NO OTHER DOCUMENTATION WILL BE ACCEPTED. 


The City of Alameda encourages minorities, women and the disabled to apply. It is the City's policy that all aspects of employment and promotion shall be without regard to sex, marital status or disability (except where dictated by requirements of the position), race, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religious creed, color, national origin or age. Qualified disabled persons must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations. No individual may pose a direct threat to the health or safety of himself/herself or other individuals in the workplace. Barring undue hardship, reasonable accommodations can be made in the application and examination process for disabled individuals or for religious reasons. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be made in advance to the Human Resources Department. Hearing Impaired TDD (510) 522-7538.

The information contained herein is subject to change and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.



For Benefits information, please visit our website at: A detailed summary for this position can be found under Alameda Police Management Association.

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