CAPTAIN, CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL

 DEFINITION

Under direction, to have charge of the work of the Department of California Highway Patrol in an assigned field area office; or in a headquarters or division office, to have charge of a major staff function; and to do other related work.

Instructions for worksheet: Write in your personal expertise, experience, etc., in handling EACH of the separate KSA’s to “Match” your KSA’s to THE JOB DESCRIPTION) Be concise; use “bullets” as “talking points” only. This is NOT a written report! (For example, I’ve demonstrated these skills by the following experience – Tell your “story!” …) 

TYPICAL TASKS

1.Monitors the deployment of personnel;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
      You may want to review these and come up with your own “experiences” that may be relevant from a Captains perspective.  If possible, talk to an Assistant Chief since they would have the perspective of oversight of Captains role and how they would assess/rate/evaluate/describe good Captains vs. mediocre or poor Captains.

A.          Know your Audience (Remember who you are talking to!)

B.          Make it Believable – Let them see your personality, character, experience

C.         Example:  “As a Captain, effective deployment is a critical component of the job. Let me tell you how I demonstrated this skill recently… “It was a dark and stormy night …..!” (Always “stay” in the role!”)

  1. Guides and counsels immediate subordinates;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

2. Personally contacts local heads of allied agencies and public leaders within the jurisdiction of the command to promote a positive image for the Department;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

3. Keeps informed of relevant news items that may have an effect on the command;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

4.Reviews departmental written communications and disseminates information within the command;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

5. Reviews completed personnel complaint investigation packages to ensure completeness;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

6.Prepares employee evaluations and acts as reviewing officer for those prepared by subordinates;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

7. Sets an example for the command in terms of physical appearance, personal honesty and integrity, enthusiasm, and commitment;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

8. Manages the operation of the command to meet departmental goals;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

9. Provides information about command operations to superiors;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

10. Interprets and coordinates the application of departmental policies and procedures within the command;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

11. Ensures compliance with injury, illness, and hazardous exposure reporting procedures;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

12. Actively monitors injury and illness case management;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

13. Conducts meetings with subordinate supervisors to resolve problems and establish priorities;

1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Discusses informal complaints with employees;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

  1. Assigns, directs, and coordinates punitive action investigations within the command and takes appropriate action;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Responds to formal grievances; coordinates ongoing command operations with allied agencies and other State agencies; reviews compilations of area field reports in order to evaluate officer activity within the area command;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Attends community service and law enforcement association functions as a representative of the Department;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Provides information to the news media on area enforcement policy, public services, and special activities by appearing on local media programs or responding to questions from reporters;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Plans, coordinates, and directs the implementation of specialized departmental studies, projects, and programs;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Makes presentations to various civic, safety, and law enforcement groups regarding departmental policy and programs;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Monitors ongoing special duty programs within the command; monitors command equipment needs;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Develops and submits a proposed annual budget for the command; may take enforcement action and perform public service activities.
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES

 

Knowledge of: 

 

  1. Management theories, techniques, and applications;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Supervisory techniques;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. Departmental policies;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

 

 

 

 

  1. The principles of grammar and sentence construction; departmental manuals, guides, publications, and General Orders;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Headquarters and field organization and operations;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Departmental trends;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. The resources available to assist in meeting goals and objectives;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Current laws and proposed legislation as they affect the command’s operations;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Current events in terms of their possible effect on the area command’s operations;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. The geographical and socioeconomic makeup of the command;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Available training programs, resources, and methods;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. The local community structure and its formal and informal leaders;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. The jurisdictions encompassed by various government agencies;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. The costs involved in the operation of a command;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Operations and policies of allied agencies;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Facility maintenance requirements; and Equal Employment Opportunity regulations.
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

Ability to:  

  1. Use common sense when making decisions;
  2. Take prompt and appropriate disciplinary action;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Establish effective relationships with superiors, peers, and subordinates;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Accomplish goals through others; accept departmental directives contrary to personal beliefs or opinions and generate support for these directives among the entire command;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Gain the confidence, cooperation, and respect of the entire command;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Adapt quickly to a variety of situations and personalities;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
 
  1. Identify and apply management principles and techniques;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Encourage a high level of morale within the command;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Recognize and resolve problems; make sound judgments regarding which items to delegate, which to take action on, and which to refer to superiors;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Objectively identify all facts and implications related to a situation before drawing conclusions;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Guide and counsel subordinates on problems that affect their job performance; recognize and set priorities for self and staff;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Be flexible in adapting to changes in priorities and responding to interruptions;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Objectively identify strengths, weaknesses, and potential in subordinates;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Interpret and direct the enforcement of complex laws and programs within the command;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Physically conduct an arrest; aid victims or motorists;
  2. Speak effectively in public before a variety of audiences;
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 
  1. Analyze statistical data, charts, and graphs.
1=Low; 5=High 1 2 3 4 5  
Self-ranking                                
I have demonstrated these KSA’s as follows:
 

SPECIAL PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Impartiality
  • Fairness
  • Leadership
  • Enthusiasm
  • Commitment
  • Diplomacy
  • Professional demeanor
  • Appearance commensurate with departmental policy