CITY OF PHILADELPHIA PERSONNEL DEPARTMENT
This is responsible, supervisory police work commanding a police district or directing the work of a
specialized police unit. Employees are responsible for planning and directing police activities in a designated
geographic area or of a specialized police unit. Employees in this class are responsible for the caliber of police
service given by his command. Work is performed in accordance with established policies and procedures,
but much latitude exists for individual judgment and discretion. The use of seasoned judgment and specialized
knowledges and skills are required in appraising the effectiveness of police investigation techniques and
interpreting departmental policies and rules. Work is reviewed through reviews of reports, discussions, and
observations of results obtained.
TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY)
- Supervises work of police officers and subordinate officers in his district unit; confers with and advises
them on special problems.
- Reviews reports prepared by subordinate officers, and prepares and supervises preparation records and
- Dispatches detectives to secure information, makes investigations and arrests, and questions
complainants and suspects.
- Supervises enforcement of laws covering commercialized vice; directs investigations and surveillances
of suspected persons or establishments; organizes and directs raids.
- Interviews and interrogates suspects and prisoners, prepares cases, and appears and testifies in court;
advises and instructs personnel in investigative matters.
- Performs related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- the principles and practices of modern police methods and procedures.
- pertinent departmental rules and regulations.
- the geography of the city.
- criminal law, with particular reference to the apprehension, arrest, and presentation of person, and the
admissability of evidence.
- the principles of crime and accident investigation, and the techniques of interrogation and of the
identification and preservation of physical evidence.
- the principles and practices of police administration.
- the techniques of criminal identification.
- the techniques of crime prevention, the behavior of criminals and the causes underlying criminality.
- the use and care of firearms.
- write and speak effectively.
- command the respect of subordinate officers and to plan and assign their work in a police district.
- analyze complex police problems and to adopt quick, effective, and reasonable courses of action with
due regard to surroundings, hazards, and circumstances.
- establish and maintain effective working relationships with other officers, court officials, and the public.
- emotional stability.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the
minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.
Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience
requirements as approved on 3/68.)
PHYSICAL AND MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS
- One year of experience as a Police Lieutenant.
LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND/OR CERTIFICATES
- Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a
position in this class.
- Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator's license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment as a Police Captain.
PAY RANGE: 208
Class Established: 1/1953
Latest Spec. Revision: 4/1981
END OF JOB CLASS SPECIFICATION - 6A06