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City of Torrance
Class Code: 7313

Class Designation: Civil Service

November 2002

Representation Unit: Torrance Police Commanders' Association


Police Lieutenant


Under general supervision, to have responsibility for the activities of a shift or a functional unit or detail performing investigation, patrol, traffic, and juvenile duties; and performs related work as required.
Distingushing Characteristics
Distinguished from Police Captains in that an incumbent does not have Bureau responsibility and does not act for the Chief of Police or Deputy Chief in their absence.  Distinuguished from Police Sergeants, who do not have overall responsibility for a division within the department.

Examples Of Duties

  • Supervises subordinates in the preparation of cases to be presented at inquests or in court;
  • Conducts traffic surveys;
  • Plans, organizes and directs the work of patrol, services, personnel and research divisions;
  • Supervises fingerprinting and booking activities during watch, investigates and supervises the following:
  • investigating of crimes within the City, including obtaining and preservation of evidence;
  • conducts interviews;
  • obtains complaints and warrants;
  • arraigns defendants;
  • attend hearings and court proceedings;
  • assists prosecutor in preparing cases;
  • contacts other police departments in making investigations;
  • supervises and searches records for information regarding wanted persons;
  • prepares general and special investigation reports and correspondence;
  • determines budgetary and personnel needs of the respective division.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Knowledge of
  • (Thorough) police organization and the procedures and regulations of the Torrance Police Department;
  • (Thorough) laws of arrest, rules of evidence, penal laws, rights of citizens and courts procedures;
  • The provisions of the Vehicle Code, Penal Code and of the local ordinances related to the work of the Police Department.
  • Modern police practices and methods.
  • Ability to
  • Plan and direct the work of subordinates;
  • Instruct officers in the laws of arrest, rules of evidence, penal laws, rights of citizens, court procedures, and the use of equipment;
  • Deal firmly and courteously with subordinates and the public.
  • Experience

    Six years police work. At least three years of the required experience must have been on the Torrance Police Department. Permanent rank of Sergeant on the Torrance Police Department.


    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 shall be at the discretion of the Chief of Police.