Office of Public Safety Accountability Specialist

  • City of Sacramento, CA
  • Sacramento, California
  • May 04, 2019
Full Time Public Safety
  • Salary: $85,346.77 - $111,982.38 Annually

Job Description

Under general direction, plans and directs the administrative and investigation duties for one or more major components of public safety accountability operations; conducts audits and makes recommendations; supervises and trains subordinate staff.

This advanced journey level exempt classification performs investigative and highly complex analytical duties involving issues that are sensitive and confidential. The Office of Public Safety Accountability (OPSA) Specialist is distinguished from the OPSA Analyst by the greater complexity of the assignment and supervisory duties. The OPSA Specialist is distinguished from the Director of the OPSA by the level of responsibility and authority the Director of OPSA has for the efficiency and effectiveness of the OPSA work products through quality control and related activities, establishing priorities for the OPSA, and broad oversight powers.

General direction is provided by a higher-level management staff. Responsibilities include the direct or indirect supervision of management, professional and/or other support employees.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all the listed duties and/or may be required to perform related duties as needed.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate the work of professional and support staff.
  • Conduct reviews and audits of public safety misconduct investigations.
  • Monitor, evaluate, and make recommendations on the effectiveness of operations, policies, procedures, programs, and practices to increase public safety, protect civil liberties, and increase public confidence.
  • Respond to the scene of critical incidents resulting in death or serious injury.
  • Interview complainants and witnesses regarding allegations of misconduct by public safety personnel; forward investigative information to the Internal Affairs Division of the public safety department in question for follow-up.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of the Office's operating budget.
  • Prepare complex statistical and narrative reports based on audit findings and recommendations.
  • Assist the Director of the OPSA with the preparation of a complex narrative annual report that includes summaries of complaints, disposition of complaints, periodic statistical review, and the measured effectiveness of established objectives.
  • Serve as a liaison for the OPSA with elected officials, community organizations, and community residents as it relates to police and fire accountability oversite matters.
  • Gather, analyze, evaluate, interpret, and synthesize the results of administrative Internal Affairs investigation reports and statistical data for thoroughness, objectivity, and timeliness; summarize findings to identify trends and make recommendations for improvement for future investigations.
  • Prepare complex statistical and narrative reports, correspondence, and other documents, including those required by law.
  • Perform community outreach by representing the OPSA during public events.
  • Build effective relationships with members of the community and public safety personnel.
  • May be required to attend evening meetings and/or events periodically.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Knowledge of:
  • And sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations.
  • City and police practices, policies, and procedures; criminal law, state civil law, civil rights law, and Police Officer and Firefighter Bill of Rights.
  • Principles and practices of supervision and training.
  • Principles of statistical analysis.
  • Principles and practices of budgeting.
  • Report writing techniques; usage of English syntax, language mechanics, punctuation and grammar.

Skill in:
  • Use of modern office equipment including computers, computer applications and software.

Ability to:
  • Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in large and/or complex data sets.
  • Supervise subordinate personnel, including professional, clerical, and other support staff.
  • Establish effective working relationships with public officials, public/private agencies, and the public consisting of a variety of culturally diverse and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing.
  • Handle stressful and sensitive circumstances with tact and diplomacy.
  • Prepare and analyze detailed written reports.
  • Perform work assignments independently and in a timely manner.
  • Speak, read, and write English at a level necessary for effective performance.
  • Employ effective interviewing techniques.
  • Prioritize and organize multiple tasks.
  • Exercise independent judgment with limited direction.

Experience and Education:
Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Three (3) years full-time paid work experience performing responsible professional administrative/investigative or legal/investigative work including substantial involvement with law enforcement issues.

A Bachelor's degree in accounting, law, law enforcement, police science, public or business administration, auditing, or a related field from an accredited college or university.


Should the combination of experience/education you are using to qualify for this position include education, then proof of said education in the form of college transcripts, certificates, and degreesmust be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to employment@cityofsacramento.orgby the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or viafax/email, please include your name andJob #021021-19on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by acredentialsevaluation service. This evaluation must be submittedby the final filing deadline.


Background Investigation:
Must pass a criminal background check.

The conditions herein are typically required of an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Physical Requirements:
On an intermittent basis sit at a desk; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling, and fine manipulation; write and use a keyboard and occasionally lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less; incumbents will travel to and participate in various events throughout the City which may involve exposure to traffic and inclement weather conditions. Requires effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for making observations, communicating with others, reading, and writing.

Environmental Conditions:
Work is performed in the field on occasion and could include standing, kneeling, and bending; may be exposed to inclement weather conditions, communicable biological substances, drug paraphernalia, unsanitary conditions, confrontational interactions, and potentially hostile environments; must have ability to work at crime scenes involving human trauma of all types and degrees of severity; must be able to remain calm during high stress situations.

Incumbents may be required to be on-call and work evening hours.

Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application:(Pass/Fail) - All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application to the Employment Officeby the final filing deadline:

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.

  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:

  • If applicants do not list current and past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section.Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).

  • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.

  • Proof of required education and/or degree equivalency must be submitted online with your application, emailed, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by fax or mailby the final filing deadline.

2. Supplemental Questionnaire:(Pass/Fail) - In addition to the City of Sacramento employment application, all applicants must complete and submit online responses to the supplemental questionnaire:

  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaire will not be accepted.

  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaire will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.

  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.

  • Possession of the minimum qualifications is not necessarily a guarantee of further advancement in the selection process.

3.Screening Committee:(Pass/Fail)- Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.

4. Interview Process: Human Resources will forward qualified applications to the hiring department. Those determined to be the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in an interview process. The Director will review the results, if necessary conduct additional interviews, and forward the recommendation to the City Manager's Office for final action.

5.Conditional Hire:Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and passLiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification priorto receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.


For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:

  • Send an email to?;

  • Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726; or

  • Visit the Human Resources Department at Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Plaza Level, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Additional Information

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