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Police Captain

City of Forest Park

Listing Summary

Department: Police
Job Status: Full-Time
Rate of Pay: $63,026.04 - $103,528.43
Details: This position is open until filled.  


The purpose of this classification is to manage operations/activities of a major division of the Police Department, which may include Uniformed Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Training & Accreditation, Administration, or other area of specialty. 


  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates assigned staff, processing employee concerns and problems, directing work, counseling, disciplining, and completing employee performance appraisals.
  • Coordinates daily work activities; organizes, prioritizes, and assigns work; monitors status of work activities; consults with assigned staff, assists with problem situations, and provides technical expertise.
  • Interprets, explains, and ensures departmental compliance with all applicable codes, laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies, and procedures; ensures adherence to established safety procedures; monitors work environment and use of safety equipment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; initiates any actions necessary to correct deviations or violations.
  • Oversees enforcement of all applicable codes, ordinances, laws, and regulations (both traffic and criminal) in order to protect life and property, prevent crime, and promote security.
  • Consults with commanding officers, police officials, other units/divisions, and other individuals review division operations/activities, provide recommendations, resolve problems, and receive advice/direction; to gather/exchange information on orders, problems, special situations, or other areas requiring attention; relays pertinent information to assigned staff; coordinates work activities with those of other units/divisions and law enforcement agencies; performs the duties of Major in absence of same.
  • Assists in developing, submitting, and implementing long and short term goals and objectives for the assigned division; assists in evaluating efficiency and effectiveness of division operations, programs, procedures, and use of resources; recommends and/or implements improvements as needed.
  • Performs administrative tasks; reviews police reports, use of force reports, pursuit reports, and other reports/documentation completed by division personnel to ensure accuracy, completeness, and compliance with laws/policies; provides budgetary input; processes employee payroll documents; develops or reviews work/vacation schedules to ensure adequate coverage.
  • Compiles and/or monitors criminal intelligence, analyzes data, and identifies trends in criminal activity; reviews police reports, statistical data, GCIC/NCIC bulletins, and other information; prepares intelligence reports and maps; disseminates intelligence and criminal activity information to management personnel, patrol units, other department personnel, or outside agencies.
  • Directs daily activities of the Uniformed Patrol Division; oversees and coordinates manpower, call management, and other overall patrol operations; facilitates communications between shifts and divisions; develops directed patrol assignments based on patterns of criminal activity in the community; updates daily pass-on sheets to inform officers of daily activities; oversees police response to incidents, calls, and complaints from citizens; receives police reports by telephone; oversees daily officer inspections and conducts monthly team/vehicle inspections; conducts background investigations; administers special programs.
  • Directs activities of the Criminal Investigations Division; makes case assignments; discusses cases with investigators and assists staff in conducting difficult/complex investigations; develops physical/psychological method of operation (M.O.) for individuals; conducts computer voice stress analysis (CVSA) examinations and analyzes results; assists in formulating and implementing strategic operations leading to potential arrest of suspects; reviews investigations and case files and assists in determining whether cases are ready for prosecution; confers with district attorney regarding prosecution of cases; conducts investigations into alcohol permits; maintains security of intelligence files, informant files, files on habitual offenders, or other records; issues investigative funds and oversees use of funds; prepares Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for submission to GCIC.
  • Directs activities of the Training & Accreditation Division; plans, schedules, and coordinates agency training activities; schedules and conducts training classes; develops lesson plans; maintains training records; conducts staff recruitment, conducts interviews, and makes hiring recommendations; conducts promotional assessments for identification of qualified candidates for promotions; develops accreditation materials to ensure compliance with accreditation standards; develops and updates operations manual; prepares annual report; collects goals, objectives, performance measures, and budget requests from units; operates reverse-911 computer and trains users; prepares departmental forms and public presentations; develops community bulletin board.
  • Directs activities of the Administration Division; coordinates emergency management planning activities and serves as contact person with Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA); oversees operations of Communications Center and schedules testing/maintenance of emergency/communications equipment; coordinates department recruitment activities, conducts recruitment trips, and responds to recruitment inquiries; prepares false alarm reports and ensures payment of false alarm fines; supervises jail activities; coordinates special enforcement programs; maintains FCC radio licenses; approves wireless applications; responds to freedom of information requests.
  • Serves as departmental Public Relations Officer; issues press releases and provides press updates as appropriate.
  • Serves as departmental GCIC Terminal Agency Coordinator; ensures security/integrity of system data; administers and grades GCIC tests; validates GCIC queries/submissions, answers GCIC inquires, and prepares for GCIC system audits.
  • Requests status reports for driver’s license, driver’s histories, criminal histories, or other information from state/national (GCIC/NCIC) criminal information computer database; enters stolen property into database; sends confirmation notices on wanted persons.
  • Coordinates and/or conducts training activities for division personnel; schedules internal/external training activities; conducts classroom training in general law enforcement issues, firearms proficiency, pepper spray, crime scene and evidence processing, driving skills, use of police computers, department policies/procedures, and/or other activities; maintains training records; ensures taser and firearms certifications are completed for the department.
  • Conducts internal/external investigations of misconduct, complaints, or accidents involving personnel, vehicles, equipment, or operations of assigned division; researches complaints from citizens and initiates problem resolution; investigates accidents involving injuries and fatalities; reports findings of investigations to management personnel.
  • Monitors radio traffic involving officers, dispatchers, other department personnel, or outside agencies; monitors location of officers and issues calls for backup officers as needed.
  • Responds to major calls relayed by dispatchers, including calls involving domestic disputes, abuse, rape, assaults, burglaries, thefts, fatalities, attempted suicide, abduction, lost/missing persons/searches, rescue operations, narcotic violations, traffic accidents, property damage, alarms, bomb threats, terrorism, or other problem situations;
  • Assumes command of major/critical incidents until relieved by commanding officer; assesses/evaluates incident scenes and determines necessary manpower allocation; requests additional units, equipment, emergency personnel, other departments, outside agencies, or others as needed; conveys information for broadcast to other units/agencies as appropriate; oversees activities involving securing of crime scenes, protection of integrity of evidence, and examination of crime scenes for clues, evidence, and fingerprints; makes at-scene decisions and provides notification to higher authorities during high profile incidents.
  • Provides backup coverage for police officers and/or supervisory staff in field as needed; provides assistance or backup support to other officers, emergency medical providers, fire department personnel, state/federal law enforcement agencies, other law enforcement agencies, or other public service agencies; provides emergency response on a twenty-four hour basis as needed.
  • Participates in court activities; responds to court subpoenas; assists in preparing case files and evidence for court presentation; testifies and presents evidence during court.
  • Serves as Property Control Officer; maintains inventory control of equipment, vehicles, weapons, ammunition, uniforms, forms, and supplies for assigned division; inspects police vehicles, uniforms, weapons, and equipment assigned to division personnel; ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities; makes purchasing recommendations and initiates orders for new/replacement items; oversees maintenance and repair work of vehicles and equipment.
  • Inspects vehicles, uniforms, weapons, and equipment assigned to shift personnel; checks departmental emergency equipment for proper operations; coordinates maintenance and repair of department vehicles.
  • Operates a variety of standard and specialized machinery, equipment, and tools associated with law enforcement, which may include a police vehicle, standard/emergency vehicles, firearms, chemical weapons, emergency equipment, radar/laser equipment, alcohol testing equipment, drug testing kits, processing kits, handcuffs, restraining devices, baton, flashlight, fire extinguisher, measuring devices, patrol unit camera, photographic equipment, tape recorder, radio/communications equipment, Kevlar vest, gas mask, helmet, safety equipment, telephone, hand tools, or general office equipment.
  • Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals; performs driving functions in a safe and efficient manner under various conditions, including day/night hours, congested traffic, adverse weather conditions, and emergency situations involving speeds in excess of posted limits.
  • Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, performance evaluations, daily pass-on sheets, activity reports, payroll documents, statistical reports, general orders, grant applications, meeting minutes, annual reports, presentations, accreditation updates, promotional assessments, recruitment reports, GCIC reports, Uniform Crime Reports, inventory records, inspection reports, alarm reports, ticket audit forms, lesson plans, training materials, incident reports, accident reports, impound sheets, miscellaneous reports, arrest/booking reports, Miranda waiver forms, use of force reports, intoxication reports, witness statement forms, juvenile complaint forms, domestic violence forms, missing person reports, field interview reports, citations, summonses, notices, warrant applications, subpoenas, license suspension forms, evidence records, crime laboratory submission forms, vehicle recovery sheets, diagrams, vehicle maintenance requests, training reports, vacation/leave requests, supply requisitions, or other documents.
  • Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, logs, daily pass-on sheets, time sheets, job applications, invoices, accreditation updates, lesson plans, training records, grant documents, crime statistics, GCIC validations, emergency management plans, disaster recovery plans, incident reports, accident reports, juvenile complaint forms, arrest/booking reports, use of force reports, field interview reports, field training officer reports, impound forms, citations, witness statements, criminal history reports, driver history reports, BOLO notices, bulletins, evidence records, forged documents, surveillance tapes, crime laboratory reports, photographs, subpoenas, invoices, SRO/DARE program documentation, student records, juvenile court records, accreditation guidelines, laws, codes, ordinances, policies, procedures, maps, diagrams, bulletins, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards or retains as appropriate.
  • Operates a computer to enter, retrieve, review, or modify data; utilizes word processing, database, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, presentation, email, Internet, or other computer programs; performs general maintenance of computer system and office equipment, such as installing software, backing up data, or replacing paper, ink, or toner; coordinates service/repair activities as needed.
  • Maintains records, logs, and files of work activities; maintains current manuals, policies/procedures, bulletins, map books, and other materials for reference and/or review.
  • Communicates in person, via telephone, and/or via two-way radio; provides information and assistance; responds to requests for service or assistance; communicates effectively and coherently over law enforcement radio channels while initiating and responding to radio communications.
  • Communicates with command personnel, officers, employees, applicants, dispatchers, other divisions/departments, law enforcement agencies, fire personnel, emergency/medical personnel, jail personnel, court officials, attorneys, victims, complainants, prisoners, suspects, students/parents, school teachers/officials, the public, vendors, the media, accreditation agencies, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to obtain information, coordinate activities, review status of work, exchange information, resolve problems, or give/receive advice/direction.
  • Responds to complaints and questions related to law enforcement issues and activities; mediates civil disputes; provides information, researches problems, and initiates problem resolution.
  • Creates/maintains positive public relations with the general public; maintains and promotes peace and order in the community; provides education and information to the public on laws, law enforcement, crime prevention, drug abuse, gang awareness, safety, and related issues; coordinates Citizens Police Academy and Triad, recruits participants, and conducts training.
  • Creates programmatic budgets for various community-based programs; maintains membership lists; organizes, manages, and leads meetings; designs/creates administrative/promotional forms and materials; and provides statistical reports as needed to demonstrate program success and advancement.
  • Attends shift meetings, training sessions, and seminars as required to remain knowledgeable of departmental operations/activities, to promote improved job performance, and to stay current with changing policies, procedures, codes, and criminal/civil case law; participates in physical fitness training and continuing education activities; reads professional literature; maintains professional affiliations.
  • Performs general/clerical tasks, which may include answering telephone calls, entering evidence data into computer, making copies, sending/receiving faxes, filing documentation, or taking photographs.
  • Provides assistance to other employees or departments as needed.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Law Enforcement, or closely related field; and seven (7) years of related experience that includes progressively responsible police administration, law enforcement/patrol work, criminal investigations, training, management/supervision, and specialized work in area of assignment or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special Qualifications:                                                            

Must possess and maintain valid Georgia Basic Peace Officer Standard Training (P.O.S.T.) certification. Must possess and maintain valid Intoximeter Operator certification and Radar Operator certification. May require possession and maintenance of valid P.O.S.T. Instructor or Field Training Officer certification. Must possess and maintain a valid Georgia driver’s license. Operation of GCIC system requires GCIC Terminal Agency Coordinator (TAC) certification or GCIC Terminal Operator Certification.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria; ability to exercise discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
  • Ability to function in a managerial capacity for a division or organizational unit; ability to make decisions on procedural and technical levels.
  • Ability to operate and control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials requiring complex and rapid adjustments.
  • Ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory, and/or design data and information.
  • Ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; ability to calculate decimals and percentages; ability to utilize principles of fractions; ability to interpret graphs.
  • Ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.
  • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in situations involving evaluation of information against measurable or verifiable criteria.


The work is light which requires exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.
  • Mental Acuity: Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.
  • Repetitive Motion: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrist, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Speaking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.
  • Visual Acuity: Have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.


Work may be performed with exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, fumes, hazardous materials, machinery, vibrations, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, violence, animal/wildlife attacks, animal/human bites, explosives, firearms, or rude/irate citizens.


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