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City of Torrance
Class Code: 7314

Class Designation: Civil Service

November 2002

Representation Unit: Safety Management Employees


Police Captain


Under direction of Police Chief, has charge and is responsible for a major function or segment of the Police Department and does related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Police Chief, who has the overall responsibility for directing the department and setting policy. Distinguished from Police Lieutenants who do not have Bureau responsibility (administration, investigation, patrol, traffic services, or emergency preparedness), and do not act for the Police Chief in his absence.

Examples Of Duties

  • Performs specific command functions;
  • directs, controls, supervises, plans, coordinates and performs designated tasks within a specific command assignment (i.e., administration, investigation, patrol, traffic, services, emergency preparation).
  • Reviews operations, procedures, reports, data, information and conducts inspectional duties and initiates corrective action when required;
  • participates in the selection process of personnel and participates in department training, internal investigations review and disciplinary procedures and review.
  • Participates and/or directs development and review of department policies, procedures and rules and regulations;
  • assists and informs complainants and other individuals seeking information from the department or filing complaints with the department;
  • initiates investigations in accordance with the requirements of law or department procedure.
  • Performs staff functions as directed by the Chief of Police and serves on the advisory staff of the Chief of Police;
  • plans and organizes civil defense and disaster preparation plans and participates in emergency operations when required.
  • Participates in and/or directs the department budget process and review and in all other department planning.
  • Assumes the duties of Chief of Police in the absence of the Chief and Deputy Chief.
  • Performs department liaison duty with other City departments, other agencies, business organizations, citizen groups, labor union representatives, private organizations and news media representatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Chief of Police.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • The organization, function, responsibilities, procedures, rules and regulations, and policies of the Torrance Police Department.
  • Practical police administration.
  • Training, budget preparation and supervisory concepts.
  • Applicable Federal, State, County and City of Torrance laws, ordinances and regulations.
  • The Criminal Justice system.
  • Emergency preparedness and tactical methods of operation.
  • Criminal procedure, criminal evidence, search and seizure and due process.
  • Criminal investigation and case preparation.
  • Community relations.
  • Ability to
  • Plan, assign, supervise, and review work of a large number of employees directly and with the aid of subordinate supervisors.
  • Analyze situations and to direct and coordinate the work of subordinates in effective and appropriate courses of action.
  • Establish cooperative and effective working relationships with fellow employees and the public.
  • Write and speak effectively.
  • Experience

    Eight years police work, at least three years in Torrance Police Department, permanent rank of Lieutenant upon final filing date of promotional examination.


    Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university with major coursework in criminal justice, public or business administration, political science or closely related field; and possession of a POST Advanced Certificate.
    The determination of qualified related Bachelor's degrees will be at the discretion of the Chief of Police.