Police Corporal
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Police Corporal
Job Classifications
City of Foster City
Estero Municipal Improvement District
Job Specification
DEFINITION:
Under general supervision, to perform a variety of law enforcement and crime prevention duties; performs the duties of patrol officer, personally performs investigation duties; operates the telephone system; operates the data inquiry computer; answers complaints; assists with crime prevention; completes routine police reports; performs public service tasks.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS, FEATURES, REQUIREMENTS:
This is a public service position that requires the working of unusual hours, rotating shifts, and working under inclement weather conditions and stressful situations.
SUPERVISION EXERCISED AND RECEIVED:
Will be required to supervise police officers, reserve officers, non-sworn employees, explorers, and volunteers. Will receive general or direct supervision from other Corporals, Sergeants, Lieutenants, Captain or Chief.
IMPORTANT AND ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
Police Corporals are expected to perform a variety of duties in the Field Operations and Administrative divisions of the Police Department.

Shift Supervisor
In the absence of a shift supervisor, a corporal may act as a shift supervisor. These duties will include:
Observes, supervises, instructs and coordinates police officers in patrol and law enforcement activities; assists and supervises police officers engaged in investigations, including determining causes, gathering evidence, taking photographs, securing statements from witnesses, making arrests and writing reports. Insures that police officers are dispatched to the scene of complaints, accidents, and emergency situations, assisting on these calls as required, reviews all crime and arrest reports; prepares reports of investigations and presents evidence in court; contacts and cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in investigations and apprehension of offenders; answers public inquiries and request for information; conducts training for police officers and evaluates performance. Maintains discipline and insures that department and city-wide policies and procedures are followed.

Field Training Officer
Rotational assignment as a Field Training Officer for police officers. These duties include the ability to train and instruct probationary officers on the duties and roles of a police officer as outlined in the Field Training Officer Manual.


Crime Prevention
Knowledge of modern concepts of crime prevention. Prepares lesson plans for public demonstrations and exhibits; instructs all grade levels in the public schools; represents the department at group meetings and conferences; assists in the development of community resources and community projects; coordinates the Citizen Volunteers and Police Reserves.

Youth Services
Knowledge of laws and procedures that relate to the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the promotion of the welfare of juveniles. Prepares lesson plans for public demonstrations and exhibits; instructs all grade levels in the public schools, represent the department at group meetings and conferences; assist in the development of community resources and community projects, coordinates the Police Explorer program.

Investigations
Knowledge of laws that relate to the investigation and documentation of criminal cases. Initiates investigations and conducts follow-up investigations of crimes and incidents initiated by other officers.
OTHER JOB-RELATED DUTIES:
Learn and effectively use the department computers for data entry and report preparation. Recognize problems needing to be addressed and be able to propose solutions.

The Foster City Police Department is centered on the philosophy of Community Oriented Policing. There is an expectation that all employees will provide high quality service to the public. As with all employees, the Police Corporal is expected to make non-enforcement contacts with the public in an effort to more clearly identify the needs of the community, and to assist the public in solving community problems.
JOB-RELATED QUALIFICATIONS:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:  Criminal laws, laws of evidence, laws of search and seizure, techniques of modern crime prevention, departmental values, objectives, mission and annual goals; team building skills; modern leadership and supervisory techniques; personnel rules and regulations; personnel investigative techniques including Government Code Sec. 3300 et seq., city policies, goals and objectives; local, state and federal law and case decisions, police training techniques; modern investigative and reporting techniques; available community resources including mediation, counseling, enforcement and related resources; regulations and rules, and orders of the department; current employee terms and conditions of employment.
Ability to:  Establish goals and objectives of a team, developing and adjusting plans within delegated authority; plan, organize and assign schedules for team members to provide required service; make forceful arrests; drive a motor vehicle under normal and emergency conditions safely; hear and understand verbal communications at normal speaking tones via voice, radio and telephone and to verbalize succinctly; develop and present ideas and recommendations orally and in writing; perform public speaking as required; operate and supervise operation of equipment skillfully, safely, and in conformance with applicable laws.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING GUIDELINES:
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way would be:
Education:  Successful completion of 30 semester units of college work at an accredited institution. Additional college level education is desirable. The education requirements may be met by the possession of an Intermediate POST certificate.
Experience:  At least eighteen months of full-time paid experience as a peace officer with a municipal police agency.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to memorize and retain detailed information; ability to listen and effectively act upon many directions and requests simultaneously; ability to learn, retain and apply procedural guidelines; work a variety of shifts and hours, including nights, evenings, days, weekends, and holidays on a rotating basis; consistently maintain mental alertness, remain calm and composed in difficult and emergency circumstances.

Weight proportionate to height and build.

Vision acuity corrected to not less than 20/30 and normal color vision.

Must have no record of felony criminal convictions or misdemeanor convictions which could affect credibility as a witness in a court of law.
LICENSES, CERTIFICATES, REGISTRATION:
Licenses:  Possession of a valid California Driver’s License, and a good driving record; either be a U.S. citizen or obtain U.S. citizenship within that period of time as prescribed by law.
SALARY:  $7,283 - $8,852 per month

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