Police Chief Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the administrative direction of the City Manager, is responsible for all employees and activities of the Police Department. Incumbent plans, organizes and directs a law enforcement organization concerned with protection of lives and property; and enforcement of laws and ordinances. Incumbent must be familiar with modern techniques, principles and practices of law enforcement administration. Work is performed with considerable independence and latitude. Performs other work as requested.

 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Identifies goals and direction for departmental programs. Works closely with subordinates to direct, supervise and review program activities through written reports or personal observation.

Directs the development, administration and review of the departmental budget and exercises control over expenditures. Prepares the budget, evaluates the need for and recommends the addition of new personnel, materials and equipment.

Develops departmental policy and administrative rules and regulations governing personnel, standards of performance, operating procedures and other activities. Reviews adherence to policies through written reports or personal observation.

Participates in more serious or non-routine criminal investigations. Works closely with other law enforcement and related agencies at the county, state and federal level. Coordinates disaster operations with Airport Police, Fire, Public Works and other departments and agencies as appropriate.

Maintains an open door policy on citizen complaints, comments and requests; maintains community relations programs with citizens groups and the local schools.

Maintains an open door policy with departmental personnel; provides a management environment which facilitates achieving departmental goals through employee involvement.

 

B. MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

Utilize chief's office filing system to locate material/correspondence in the absence of the chief's secretary.

Copy paperwork on administrative photo-copier.

 

REQUIREMENTS

A. TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Completion of a Bachelor's Degree program from an accredited college or university with major course work in Criminal Justice or Public Administration; formal training in modern police administration methods and procedures; at least seven (7) years of experience in the field of law enforcement and progressive supervisory experience to include at least five (5) years upper level police management. Master's Degree, or completion of F.B.I. or similar Institute or Academy is desirable. Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida driver's license. Applicants may possess a valid out of state driver's license and obtain the Florida license within 10 days of employment.

B. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of budgetary development, administration and control.

Knowledge of principles, practices and techniques in modern law enforcement administration.

Knowledge of community profile, including special area needs.

Ability to plan, assign, coordinate and evaluate activities performed by the police department.

Skill in dealing with the public, news media and citizens groups.

Skill in administration of employer/employee relations.

Skill in the use of a personal computer and various applications programs.

C. PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Operate motor vehicle in both normal and emergency mode.

Walk, stand and sit for periods longer than 30 minutes, walk continuously for more than 10 minutes.

Hear and understand conversations in a normal tone of voice in both face to face and telephonic conversations. This will be done in one-on-one, over the phone and police radio, and in large group settings.

Use senses; sight, smell, hearing and touch to gather evidence, interview witnesses/victims and suspects of criminal activity.

Identify colors for dealing with hazardous materials, vehicle/suspect identification, clothing, traffic control

Grasping objects such as firearms, communications equipment, office equipment, suspects, etc.

Ability to read and write clearly to communicate with other governmental officials, the general public, business people, victims, witness, prosecutors, the courts, etc.

Must be, or have the ability to be, respirator certified.

 

THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date – 03/13/2012