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City of Torrance
Class Code: 7319

Class Designation: Civil Service

May 1991

Representation Unit: Executive and Management Employees


Police Chief


Under direction of the City Manager, plans, organizes and directs the activities and personnel of the Police Department in the preservation of law and order and the prevention of crime; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Police Chief is distinguished from other department heads by the specific areas of responsibility described above. Distinguished from a Police Captain in that the incumbent is responsible for managing the entire Police Department rather than a bureau and is directly responsible to the City Manager for the performance of duties.

Examples of Job Duties

  • Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates Police Department personnel and operations in the protection of life and property, maintenance of peace and order, enforcement of laws, prevention of crime, apprehension and arrest of violators, and maintenance of jail facilities and police records.
  • Supervises, evaluates and disciplines Police Department personnel in accordance with City regulations and in conformance with State and Federal law.
  • Develops and administers employee relations objectives for the Department.
  • Formulates, implements and enforces Departmental rules, regulations, procedures, policies and programs to meet current and future needs of the City.
  • Directs the preparation of the Department budget and monitors expenditures in accordance with the City Charter and City Ordinances.
  • Meets with members of the community, school officials, business professionals, representatives of homeowner associations and political figures regarding law enforcement matters and community relations.
  • Represents the Police Department to other City departments and at public functions.
  • Works cooperatively with representatives from other law enforcement agencies, courts, probation, parole, and prosecuterial agencies to coordinate law enforcement activities.
  • Attends City Council meetings to present and explain issues pertaining to the community, law enforcement problems, and departmental requirements, policies and procedures.
  • Directs the implementation of systems automation in the Department.
  • Responsibility for the development of the disaster preparedness plan for the City.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • Principles, practices and techniques of police administration.
  • Technical and administrative aspects of crime investigation, juvenile welfare, traffic control, law enforcement record keeping, and the care and custody of persons and property.
  • Methods, techniques, and equipment used in crime investigation and criminal detection.
  • Federal, State and local laws and ordinances which are enforced by a municipal police department.
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices including the selection, training, evaluation and discipline of employees; and laws governing employee relations matters.
  • Automated systems and applications to the police environment.
  • Ability to
  • Plan and coordinate the work of varied bureaus within the Police Department including: direction, assignment, and evaluation of work; and hiring, training, counseling and disciplining staff.
  • Develop, implement and administer goals, objectives and long range plans for Police Department programs and services.
  • Provide administrative and professional leadership and direction to the Department.
  • Command the respect of subordinates and the public.
  • Foster cooperative working relationships within the Department and with employee organizations in the City.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in accordance with proper City policy and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relations with City, State, and Federal officials, civic leaders, and others.
  • Understand and be sensitive to the needs and concerns of ethnic and cultural groups in the City.
  • Evaluate sensitive situations quickly and initiate appropriate action to diffuse situations and/or resolve problems.
  • Develop and administer departmental budget.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Make effective formal presentations at Council Meetings and public functions.
  • License Required

    A valid Class C California Driver's License


    At least three years at the rank of Lieutenant or Captain on the Torrance Police Department; or ten years of progressively responsible supervisory and administrative experience in a comparable sized police department, five years of which shall have been equivalent in type and level to at least that of Captain in the City of Torrance.


    Bachelors degree or higher in administration of justice, public of business administration, political science, or closely related field; and possession of a Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Advanced Certificate.