Hampstead - Police Lieutenant

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Job Overview

Department Hampstead Police Department
Job TitlePolice Lieutenant
Salary$80,000 to $90,000
Registration Fee$35.00
Location Hampstead, MD

Job Announcement

The Town of Hampstead is located in the northern end of Carroll County Maryland. The police department provides services to approximately 6800 residents as well as the surrounding area with a sworn staff of 10 officers and one civilian administrator.

The ideal candidate will be experienced in both first line police supervision and police management. This is a sworn position that will require the candidate to either have or be capable of obtaining Maryland Police Certification.

The position will be designated by the rank of Lieutenant. The position shares many of the administrative responsibilities that the Chief of Police has, and the position reports directly to the Chief of Police. This is a “working” position, where it is not uncommon to be in the field working with officers both on calls for service that arise during their shift, on large community events, or while supporting officers during a scheduled shift. Most of the duties will be conducted in uniform.

Position Purpose

Performs professional administrative, planning, and technical police work and management of the Police Department. Plans, schedules, and coordinates the activities of the Police Department.

Supervision Scope:

Regularly develops programs, job requirements and operational goals. Assigns objectives and/or projects for others to manage and complete within budgetary constraints. Evaluates employee performance. A Police Lieutenant participates in the more difficult police and investigative problems, develops tactical plans of action, and instructs officers and supervisors on the methods to be followed.

Supervision Received:

Works under the administrative direction of the Chief of Police within policies established by Federal, State, County, Town and department rules, laws, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures pertinent to police work.

Supervision Given:

Assumes the powers, duties, and responsibilities of the Chief in their absence. Has direct supervision over all employees. Provides training and development for employees. Evaluates employee performance.

Job Environment

Work is primarily performed indoors under typical office conditions. May have some exposure to adverse weather conditions. Given the nature of police work, there may be an element of risk.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Police Lieutenant must be able to handle a wide range of assignments with relative independence and limited direction.

Assumes the powers, duties, and responsibilities in the absence of the Chief of Police, including full line and staff authority.

Makes recommendation to the Chief of Police concerning a wide range of policies and procedures for a more efficient operation.

Handles confidential and sensitive information and documentation that requires discretion.

Responds to citizen’s complaints; investigates all complaints against officers and services offered by the police department; investigates internal affairs complaints as needed.

Examples of Work

Responds to serious or complex incidents; monitors action of the staff; authorizes request for specialized units to be called to a scene; assists in investigations, interviews, and interrogations.

Prepares written reports, forms, and other paperwork as required; submits a report of all unusual/serious incidents.

Supervises and recommends the hiring, discharge, assignment, evaluation, discipline, and adjustment of grievances of department employees.

Establishes and evaluates employee goals and objectives; directs and focuses staffing.

 In all cases of infractions by members of the department, prepare a written report with full supporting details of incidents with recommendations to the Chief.

 Prepares work schedules. Authorizes overtime, leave, and training requests.

Establishes guidelines for the Corporals on inspection of facilities, equipment, and personnel; oversees that a proper inventory control in the department is maintained; sets short-term objectives and goals in the department.

Ensures that the department properly coordinates its activities with other units and agencies.

Assist with preparation of the department budget in both the planning and implementation stages; monitors project implementation for budget control; identifies need for manpower and other resources. Administers department budgets.

 Performs the work of Corporals and Officers when required.

 Performs other position related duties as required.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training and Experience: Associate degree in Criminal Justice, Business, or Public Administration. Bachelor's Degree preferred; seven years of related experience as a police officer with two years of supervisory experiences as a Sergeant, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Graduate of advanced police training program
  • Familiarity with NIBRS reporting system
  • CPR Certification

Operates police equipment under a variety of conditions in accordance with law and established procedures. This includes but is not limited to vehicles, weapons, computer and radio equipment, cameras and audio and video recording equipment. Utilizes a computer and other standard office equipment.

Knowledge, Ability and Skills:

Knowledge: Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and ordinances as it pertains to public safety and law enforcement. Knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of modern law enforcement. Knowledge of the methods, practices, and technical equipment used in crime and accident investigation. Knowledge of demographics and geography of the community.

Ability: Ability to manage crisis situations. Ability to exercise discretion. Ability to analyze data and make decisions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with colleagues, town officials, other town departments and the general public. Ability to communicate effectively with public agencies and the media. Ability to make appropriate managerial decisions, maintain accurate records. Ability to persuade and influence others. Ability to learn and adapt to changing technologies and practices.

Skills: Strong interpersonal, oral, written, and organizational skills. Skill in directing and managing complex law enforcement programs. Skill in the use of firearms.

Physical Requirements:

Work requires frequent light to moderate physical effort while performing office work. Is required to stand, sit, walk, speak, and listen for extended periods. The position is frequently required to handle, or feel objects, tools, and equipment. Occasionally requires walking, bending/stooping, reaching with hands and arms and carrying/lifting (normally no more than 40 pounds). Ability to participate in a physical agility assessment as per Maryland Police Training and Standards Commission.

The position requires visual perception and discrimination in each eye correctable to 20/40, color and depth perception and discrimination without impairment. The position requires sound and odor perception and discrimination.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Town and the employee and is subject to change by the town as the needs of the Town and requirements of the job change.

Please direct questions regarding this position to jrang@hampsteadmd.gov

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