Police Captain


Stanford University -

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Under the direction of the Police Chief of the Stanford Department of Public Safety, the Police Captain is responsible for the operational oversight of the law enforcement and security efforts of the department. The Captain is responsible for the direct supervision of sworn police Lieutenants and non-sworn/civilian managers. In the absence of the Police Chief and the Assistant Chief, the Police Captain has the authority to make decisions on behalf of the Police Chief and is expected to perform his/her duties according to applicable laws, ordinances, policies, procedures and University guidelines.

A Stanford Department of Public Safety Captain must possess, maintain proficiency, and exercise the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary manage departmental direction, priorities, goals and objectives in order to meet the needs of the Stanford community. The Captain will be required to work collaboratively and effectively with department and university staff to ensure that department operations and programs accomplish the department’s mission. A deep understanding and appreciation of the culture and operations of the department and the university is essential.

Functional areas over which the Captain will have responsibility include some combination of the following: patrol operations, criminal and administrative investigations, management of police records and evidence, traffic and parking management, support services, security operations, and special events operations. The job responsibilities of a Captain will change over time and the elements contained within this job description are subject to modification.

As a sworn peace officer, a person holding the rank of Captain will be exposed to potentially dangerous and adverse working conditions during the course and scope of their work. A Captain must be willing and able to work in emergency situations, confined spaces, and intense life-threatening conditions. Sworn peace officers will be exposed to persons whose actions may place the officer in harm’s way and also potential exposure to bodily fluids, fumes, moving objects, and noise. Successful candidates must be physically able to work in circumstances requiring running, jumping, walking, crawling, kneeling, climbing, stooping, pulling and moderate lifting. Peace officers work irregular work hours, weekends and during inclement weather conditions.

Some of the required law enforcement related knowledge and skills include: a working understanding of pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations, including laws governing the apprehension, arrest, and custody of persons who are believed to have committed violations of the law; rules of evidence pertaining to search and seizure and the preservation of evidence in traffic and criminal cases; proper use of force and techniques and applications of self defense; the use, operation, and maintenance of police equipment (including, for example, a police radio system), vehicles and tools (including a variety of firearms); department policies and procedures; and institutional policies and procedures (such as General Orders and the Stanford Administrative Guide).

The Captain is an integral of the department’s overall emergency response efforts. SUDPS personnel are considered “essential” or “required” University personnel and as such shall respond to campus when directed to do so, even with little advanced notice. Captains carry a department issued cell phone when on and off-duty and are expected to answer or return calls within a 20 minute time frame even when off-duty. Compensation for this responsibility is incorporated into the base salary for this position.

Distinguishing Characteristics
Positions in this class perform management and administrative functions at a command staff level. This class is distinguished from that of SUDPS Lieutenant in that the Captain has responsibility for a broader field of activity and a broader scope of authority to act on behalf of the department and Chief of Police.


Duties may include, but are not limited, to the following:
Promote and model the department’s Core Values, R.O.O.T.S. philosophies and department/university performance and behavioral standards.
Motivate and inspire others to model the department’s Core Values, R.O.O.T.S. philosophies and department/university performance and behavioral standards.
Motivate, inspire and mentor others to accomplish departmental and individual objectives.
Work ethically and collaboratively with others to accomplish the fundamental public safety mission of the department.
Posses and demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the department and community.
Management and Administration
Oversee and manage daily operations of Department of Public Safety. Assess, plan and evaluate operational plans and deployments.
Serve as the head of the department when the Chief of Police and Asst Chief are absent or unavailable.
Under the general direction of the Chief of Police, establish general departmental performance objectives and guidelines for detailed development and implementation by division managers and supervisors.
Monitor divisional progress towards the achievement of departmental objectives. Meet with sworn Lieutenants and, if assigned, civilian managers, to review progress and further develop departmental objectives. Review goals and objectives set by department divisions to ensure they are in line with overall agency philosophy.
Review performance reports and appraisals submitted by Lieutenants and, if assigned, civilian managers. Review feedback provided to supervisors by Lieutenants and civilian managers and ensure that a plan of action has been developed to address any performance issues.
Evaluate the performance of departmental units by reviewing monthly summary reports and other data provided as requested. Meet with individual managers as necessary to discuss recommendations.
Determine ways to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of department operations.
Ensure Lieutenants are establishing and implementing division objectives; periodically monitor the progress towards set objectives.
Manage overall department resources and personnel who are available in order to be able to coordinate an effective response to a critical incident.
Take command and oversee the coordination of all Public Safety units at critical incidents or emergency situations on campus. Remain available to Lieutenants on-duty who may be responsible for managing specific incidents.
Notify the Director of Public Safety of serious and high-profile incidents. Ensure that the AlertSU system has been activated in accordance with departmental procedures.
Evaluate major incident debriefings in order to identify and address both the positive and negative actions and ensure appropriate actions have been developed.
Assign employee complaint investigations to appropriate Lieutenant, civilian manager or other individual as appropriate. Review results of investigation and approve any disciplinary actions.
Law Enforcement
Perform the same duties and responsibilities as a deputy sheriff including, but not limited to:
Maintain the peace through the effective use of diplomacy, affecting arrests and issuing citations, and controlling violent persons all in accordance with the law.
Exercise sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous and stressful conditions; think clearly and act quickly in a variety of situations.
Interpret, apply, and make decisions in accordance with applicable federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
Properly and effectively use firearms and other police equipment and vehicles; meet weapons qualifications for pistol, shotgun, rifle, baton and other weapons, as required; meet emergency vehicle operations qualifications; meet department, county and state requirements for peace officer training and general university employment conditions.
Maintain contact and preserve good relations with the public; respond to requests and inquiries from the general public in a timely manner.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Keep sensitive information strictly confidential at all times.
Provide CPR / First aid in accordance with training.
Implement the Incident Command System during a major incident.
Wear protective gear including a utility/duty belt (approximately 40 pounds); during special operations wear or carry other police equipment weighing up to an additional 40 pounds.
Work irregular and on-call hours, including weekends, evenings, and holidays.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
Conduct divisional and departmental meetings and briefings.
Make public presentations on departmental initiatives.
Represent the Chief, the department and the university at meetings and conferences.
Provide oversight and guidance to all departmental divisions, as needed.
Identify risks to the department and the university, delegate the development and implementation of mitigation strategies to appropriate Lieutenant.
Ensure the workplace promotes equal employment opportunities.
Carry a department issued cell phone or pager and return calls within 20 minutes.
Respond to critical situations, even when off-duty, and sometimes with little advanced notice.
**Weekend, shift and holiday work is required.**
Other duties as assigned.
Successful candidates for the position of Captain must possess the following qualifications and/or skills:

Knowledge of:
Principles of organizational dynamics, management, training and progressive discipline.
Federal, State, and local laws and ordinances including those pertaining to search and seizure, rules of evidence, interviewing of suspects, court procedure, criminal law, laws of arrest, and laws governing the care, custody and control of prisoners.
Investigative procedures, methods and techniques, including preserving crime scenes, identifying the elements of a crime, preserving evidence, obtaining statements, and provisions of the Peace Officer Bill of Rights.
Department policies and procedures, including the General Orders; university policies and procedures, including the Administrative Guide; and the provisions outlined in the MOA between Stanford University and the Stanford Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics law.
The Incident Command System.
Self defense, officer safety, crowd control tactics and active killer/shooter response.
Techniques to develop and promote teamwork.
Ability to:
Effectively delegate, coordinate, direct, set goals and manage a diverse work force.
Interpret, convey and ensure implementation of agency policies, procedures and methods; ensure that personnel have clear guidelines of authority and responsibility.
Establish and maintain effective community and public relations within a culturally diverse population.
Manage and develop mentoring relationships with sworn and non-sworn personnel.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; develop and present information to groups.
Work both independently and as part of a group, maintaining effective interpersonal working relationships both within and external to the department.
Use sound judgment and independence in determining priorities.
Assimilate and understand information in a manner consistent with the essential job functions.
Understand the complexities of department operations and how individual divisions impact the overall mission of the department.
Understand the relationship between the Stanford Department of Public Safety, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Stanford University; implement programs and initiatives that serve the intersecting needs and demands of all three entities.
Work in fast-paced environment and complete work in a timely and accurate manner.
Carry out advanced law enforcement functions such as reviewing investigation crime reports, interviewing individuals, reviewing citations, and managing crowds.
Investigate complaints, infractions, violations of department or university policies, procedures and standards.
Take appropriate actions in emergency and stressful situations.
Perform law enforcement specific duties and responsibilities which may include effecting arrests, subduing resisting individuals, chasing fleeing subjects, running, walking, crouching or crawling during emergency operations moving equipment and injured/deceased persons, climbing stairs/ladders, performing life-saving and rescue procedures, walking, standing or sitting for extended periods of time, and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading and writing, and operating assigned equipment and vehicles.
Maintain mental capacity which allows the capability to exercise sound judgment and rational thinking under dangerous circumstances, evaluate various options and alternatives and choose an appropriate and reasonable course of action, and demonstrate intellectual capabilities during training and testing processes.
Effectively deal with personal danger which may include exposure to armed/dangerous persons, dangerous animals, communicable diseases, hazards of emergency driving, hazards associated with traffic control and working in and near traffic, and natural and man-made disasters.
Use computers and supporting applications.
Personal Characteristics
Desire to motivate and inspire others to achieve departmental goals and objectives.
Ability to develop department-wide goals that further the mission of the university and the department.
Willingness to promote and personally model high ethical standards, integrity, dependability and the department’s Core Values.
Conscientious, self-motivated and driven.
Mature response to challenges and setbacks; emotional control, including under stressful conditions.
Receptive to feedback; flexible and adaptable.
Commitment to the development of personnel and the department.
Acceptance that one’s behavior off-duty impacts one’s on-duty credibility and ability to function effectively; in the event an officer’s off-duty conduct is determined through a department investigation to have violated department policies and procedures governing behavior, the officer may be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.
Certificates, Licenses and Education Required
Prior completion of a California Basic Police academy or possession of a current and valid California Basic Course Waiver.
Possession of a valid Advanced California Peace Officer Standards and Training certificate or completion of the Advanced certification within one year of employment.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and five to seven years of satisfactory, continuous, and recent experience as a sergeant or higher rank (equivalent work history will be considered in lieu of a degree).
Possess and maintain a valid California Driver’s License and an acceptable driving record.
Physical Requirements
Ability to pass a physical demands test relevant to the job requirements.
Maintain minimal peace officer status requirements to perform job duties (e.g., arrest and control techniques, defensive tactics, driving under stressful conditions, and proficiency with a variety of firearms).
Must be able to affect arrests, including subjects who may resist or attempt to flee.
Ability to wear personal protective equipment related to job duties.
Vision not less than 20/100 in each eye; correctable to no less than 20/30 in each eye; without functional color blindness or impairment.
Constantly lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds.
Frequently stand/walk, sit, perform desk-based computer tasks, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, operate foot and/or hand controls.
Occasionally writing by hand.
Rarely kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other), reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, use a telephone, sort/file paperwork or parts, scrub/sweep/mop, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh >40 pounds, use a respirator.
– Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
Working Conditions
Work in emergency situations, confined spaces, intense life-threatening conditions, and inclement weather conditions.
May have exposure to dangerous persons, firearms, bodily fluids, fumes, moving objects, and noise.
Work irregular work hours, including overtime and holidays.
Work Standards
When conducting university business, must comply with the California Vehicle Code and Stanford University driving requirements.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients, and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University and department policies, procedures and general orders, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, and the Department General Orders.
Special Requirements
Minimum of 3 years of satisfactory, continuous and recent experience as a Lieutenant or higher rank at a sworn police agency.
Not be in violation of Brady v. Maryland 373 U.S. 83 (1963).
Ability to accommodate schedule adjustments in order to meet departmental needs.
Willingness to work special events on scheduled days off or after regular shift hours, sometimes with little or no advance notice.
Willingness and ability to respond to emergency and critical conditions with short notice.
Selection Process (specific order of the process is subject to change)
Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ)
Oral Board Interview
Background investigation, including a polygraph examination
Medical/Physical Demands Exam
Interview with the Director of Public Safety
Approval by the Sheriff of Santa Clara County (if being sworn in for the first time at DPS)
Stanford Department of Public Safety does not pay the candidate for travel expenses associated with testing / interviewing, unless otherwise indicated by the department at the time of call for interview.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Applicants with previous Stanford Department of Public Safety experience are strongly preferred.

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