Union City

Police Lieutenant (20109267)

Law Enforcement
East Bay
5/12/2021 at 6pm
$13,099.00-$15,878.00 Monthly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


34009 Alvarado-Niles Road Union City, 94587



Under the general direction of the police chief and/or police captain, the police lieutenant performs administrative, supervisory and technical staff functions, directs and coordinates the work of major elements of police line and/or support activities, and assists in the administration of the department or in the command of any of its divisions.



Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assists in the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
  • Plans, develops, implements, directs, and controls specific public safety grants, program, and activities as assigned.
  • Provides overall technical and management direction/coordination to personnel in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Periodically reviews operating procedures and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Assists in the overall departmental budget development and administration.
  • Responds to highly complex and sensitive police-related matters, including major crime scene coordination.
  • Prepares and presents technical surveys, studies, and other written reports on assigned projects.
  • Performs all duties applicable to the rank of police officer, police corporal, and police sergeant with the Union City Police Department.
  • Coordinates departmental activities with other city departments and divisions and with outside agencies, organizations, groups, and individuals.
  • Supervises, trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned staff.
  • Investigates and takes appropriate action on complaints and personnel problems involving subordinate personnel.
  • Acts for superior officers in their absence or at their direction.
  • Attend meetings and make verbal presentations as needed.
  • Perform related duties as may be occasionally required.

Ideal Candidate



Education - Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in police science, business, public administration, or a related field.


Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree, with major coursework in police science business, public administration or a related field, within the first year of being appointed to the Lieutenant position. Failure to obtain a bachelor’s degree within the first year will result in the employee immediately relinquishing, and waiving any and all property rights to, their Lieutenant position. The relinquishment of the Lieutenant position due to the failure to obtain a bachelor’s degree is not disciplinary and will not include any rights of appeal.


Experience - Six (6) years of current law enforcement work, two years of which must have been in a supervisory capacity at the rank of police sergeant with a local or state law enforcement agency. All six years must have involved work similar to that which is performed by the Union City Police Department.



Knowledge of:

  • Police administration principles, methods, and practices.
  • Current law enforcement and crime prevention principles, methods, practices, and techniques.
  • Pertinent federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.
  • Departmental policies, procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Principles and practices of providing community-oriented police services.
  • Principles, methods and practices of modern management and budget development and implementation.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel.
  • Analyze and address complex and sensitive police matters.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Properly interpret and make decisions in accordance with laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Establish and maintain effective work relationships with others.
  • Exhibit sensitivity and responsiveness to law enforcement and crime prevention, community concerns, issues, and needs.
  • Prepare and present complex technical studies, surveys, and reports.
  • Supervise, train, motivate and evaluate assigned staff.



  • Possession of P.O.S.T. Supervisory Certificate.
  • Possession of a valid California Driver's License.



  • Must pass a background investigation which meets the P.O.S.T.-mandated guidelines for Peace Officer Applicants.
  • Must be free of felony convictions.
  • Prior use of controlled substances may be grounds for disqualification.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at appointment.
  • Must be in good physical condition and possess physical strength and agility to effectively perform the duties of the position.
  • Must meet all Department medical, physical and psychological standards.
  • Must have 20/30 corrected visual acuity (both eyes) or 20/80 uncorrected visual acuity (both eyes) for those wearing spectacles or hard contact lenses.

In accordance with Government Code Section 1031 and 1031.5, to be appointed as a peace officer in California, you must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. Citizenship status must be conferred within three years of applying for citizenship.


Travel: Positions in this class may require local and statewide travel as necessary.


Retirement: CalPERS enrollment in either 3%@50 (Classic Employees) or 3%@55 (New Employees without reciprocity).  Formula is dependent on the individual’s eligibility, as per the Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA).   In accordance with PEPRA and existing memorandums of understanding, successful internal candidates who were existing CalPERS members as of December 31, 2012, will retain the existing benefit formula  under the category of future service with the same employer.  There are no Social Security deductions (except 1.45% Medicare)

Life Insurance: Premium is paid by the City. Life insurance and AD&D is equal to $100,000 each. Long-term and short-term disability insurance premium is paid by the employee. Additional voluntary supplemental life insurance is available.

Medical/Dental: The City provides the employee up to $2,000 per month to purchase medical, dental and vision benefits.

Deferred Compensation Plan: The City contributes $100 per month to a 401(a) tax-deferred plan on behalf of the employee upon employee contribution of a minimum of 2%. A 457 Deferred Comp Plan is also available on a voluntary basis.

Leave: In lieu of paid overtime, the city provides police managers with one hundred twenty (120) hours of    Administrative Leave at the beginning of each fiscal year.  Police managers will accrue eight hours of sick leave  per month without limit on accumulation and up to 200 hours of vacation leave, depending on years of service. Police managers receive 144 of regular holiday time and 20 hours of floating holiday time.

Longevity: 5% base salary increase for completion of 19 years of law enforcement as a sworn police officer.

Education: Police Managers with a master's degree or a bachelor's  degree in conjunction with successful completion of the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), POST Command College, FBI National Academy, West Point Leadership Program, or POST Management Certificate will receive an additional 5% in base pay. 

Special Instructions


Application and resume should be completed on-line via the CalOpps website.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. Application and resume will be reviewed and evaluated using, in part, the criteria contained in this brochure.

The selection process may consist of one or more of the following components: a written exam, an oral interview, and medical exam. Only a limited number of persons whose application materials clearly demonstrate that they meet the needs of the City in terms of training, experience, education, and other job related characteristics will be invited to participate in the selection process. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an invitation to participate in the process.

Study materials will be available beginning May 13, 2021 at 7 AM PST.

Testing will be held the week of June 14th. 

Applicants who are invited to continue in the selection process will be notified by e-mail. Successful candidates’ names will be placed on an employment eligibility list. The eligibility list will remain in effect for a minimum of one year from the date the list is established. Additional vacancies that occur for this classification may be hired from the list.

The City of Union City provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, upon request. Please contact the Human Resources Department if you will need reasonable accommodation for any aspect of the selection process.

The City of Union City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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