LIEUTENANT (Adopted: April 1, 1993)
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The work involves responsibility for overseeing the operation, maintaining safety and security of staff and property and of the care, custody and well being of inmates in the facility and for overseeing all patrol functions on a shift. The incumbent is responsible for the scheduling and proper staffing of all shifts. An incumbent implements an on-the-job training program for subordinate staff to both orient new personnel and improve skills of existing staff. Works is performed under the general direction of the Sheriff or Undersheriff with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. This class differs from that of Sergeant by virtue of increased supervisory responsibility, the degree of independence in judgment and overall facility security responsibility. Supervision is exercised over the work of subordinate personnel. The incumbent does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only) Supervises facility operation by issuing orders and disseminating required information to subordinate staff to insure a secure facility and efficient patrol activities; Oversees and coordinates social, rehabilitation, educational and recreational activities and programs for facility inmates; Observes and supervises subordinate staff in the performance of their duties, evaluates performance, and counsels marginal employees in an effort to improve performance; Assists in formulating facility procedures for control of contraband and orders searches as required; Oversees the scheduling of and the safe and secure transport of inmates; Assists in developing procedures to facilitate employee training, use of weapons, chemical restraining agents and other safety and emergency procedures; Monitors personnel records of staff for compliance with training standards, schedules training as needed and may serve as trainer; Makes periodic inspections of personnel, equipment, facilities, records, reports, inventories, vehicles and weapons and directs corrective action as necessary; Investigates complaints, allegations or other breaches of discipline or conduct of staff; Insures that public complaints within the jurisdiction of the Sheriff’s Department are dealt with promptly and thoroughly; Directs patrol activities at raids, riots, serious crimes, fires, disasters or unusual disorders; May represent the department at meetings, hearings or public gatherings; Prepares a variety of state, federal, local and internal reports.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of modern law enforcement administration, criminal investigation, techniques of securing and preserving evidence and of laws governing arrest, rules of evidence and court procedures; thorough knowledge of the rules, regulations and requirements of the Correction Law governing the treatment of inmates and the safety and securities of the facility and department personnel; good knowledge of search and frisk methods and of the proper function of correction facility security equipment, devices and safe use of chemical restraining agents; good knowledge of
the use of defensive and physical restraining techniques; good knowledge of human behavior in relation to correction facility inmates; ability to instruct and supervise subordinates; ability to deal courteously and firmly with the public; ability to communicate ideas clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to follow complex written and oral direction; ability to take charge and determine appropriate action in emergency situations; ability to instill and maintain good departmental morale and standards; sound judgment; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and two (2) years of experience as a Sergeant. SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of an appropriate level New York State driver’s license at time of appointment.