COUNTY POLICE CHIEF
Under direction, has charge of all activities of a county police
department; does other related duties as required.
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Coordinates and administers daily department activities through
Directs activities of departmental personnel engaged in preparing
budget proposals, maintaining police records and recruiting police
Approves the department budget and negotiates with county
officials for the appropriation of funds.
Analyzes police problems of the county, determines internal
organization of the police department, and formulates police
Plans police work so as to make the best use of available funds,
personnel, equipment, and supplies.
Gives assignments/instructions to other members of the county
police department, provides them with advice and assistance when
difficult/unusual problems arise, and checks their work to see that
proper procedures are followed, that reasonable standards of
workmanship, conduct, and output are maintained, and that desired
police objectives are achieved.
Oversees members of the department to see that proper procedures
are followed, that standards of conduct are maintained, and that
desired police objectives are achieved.
Sees that communication facilities are properly used.
Takes the lead in establishing and maintaining helpful, cooperative
relations with civic, recreation, and business organizations,
school/court officers and other groups, police authorities in other
jurisdictions, and others interested in the maintenance of law and
Provides police protection and/or assistance to large gatherings,
children and other pedestrians in crossing streets, those engaged
in extinguishing fires, those handling large sums of money and
other valuables in transit, and to vacant/unused dwellings and
Makes provisions for police protection/assistance at the times and
places where traffic is heavy.
Coordinates internal investigations of members of the department
for alleged criminal acts, violation of departmental rules and
regulations or other misconduct.
Suspends, demotes or dismisses members of the force for
infractions of departmental rules, poor job performance, misconduct,
or other cause.
Commands the entire police force during emergencies such as
fires, or riots.
May prepare grant proposals in order to obtain funds for special
projects or for the purchase of equipment.
May speak before various community groups in order to inform
them of department goals, operational procedures, programs,
and law enforcement problems.
Directs detection and/or apprehension of lawbreakers, preparation
of charges against them, and collection and presentation of evidence
of their misdeeds.
Supervises investigation and disposal of complaints.
Gives testimony in court.
Prepares and supervises the preparation of reports.
Directs the establishment and maintenance of records and files.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by
the agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from high school, vocational high school, or possession
of an approved High School Equivalency Certificate.
Five (5) years of supervisory police experience providing assistance
and protection to persons, safeguarding of property, observance
of the law, and apprehension of lawbreakers.
Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in
NOTE: Appointees to this position must successfully qualify
semi-annually in the use of firearms.
Appointee must be a citizen of the United States.
After conditional appointment, appointees may be required to
pass a thorough medical/psychiatric examination to be administered
by the appointing authority. Any medical, psychological, or physical
condition or defect which would prevent efficient performance of duties
of the position, cause the appointee to be a hazard to himself/herself
or others, or become aggravated as a result of performance of these
duties will be cause for rejection.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of laws/ordinances which are significant from the police
point of view.
Knowledge of problems/procedures involved in working out the
internal organization and formulating rules/regulations for the
county police department.
Knowledge of methods used in providing citizens and others with
proper police information, service, and protection.
Knowledge of devices useful in getting people individually and in
groups to conform to legal and social requirements.
Knowledge of the types of police communication that are
useful/feasible in the police department.
Knowledge of methods of detecting, apprehending, placing
charges against, safeguarding, and prosecuting lawbreakers.
Knowledge of methods used in providing police protection at
places and times where traffic is heavy.
Knowledge of measures used in dealing with juveniles in such a
manner as to enlist their support and minimize the types of behavior
that lead to juvenile delinquency.
Knowledge of philosophy, theory, and methodology of personnel
Knowledge of agency purpose, goals, objectives, and activities.
Knowledge of agency needs and budget allocations.
Knowledge of regulations governing fiscal appropriation and
Knowledge of the methods for organizing the work to be performed
in order to accomplish goals, objectives and priorities.
Ability to analyze/interpret laws, ordinances, rules, regulations,
standards, and procedures, and to apply them to specific
Ability to organize county police work in such a manner as to
provide services and protection.
Ability to formulate police rules and regulations.
Ability to obtain and make effective use of funds, personnel,
equipment, and quarters.
Ability to give assignments/instructions to individuals and groups,
provide them with needed advice and assistance when difficult/unusual
problems arise, and check their work to see that proper procedures
are followed, that reasonable standards of conduct are maintained,
and that desired police objectives are achieved.
Ability to take the lead in establishing/maintaining helpful and
cooperative relationships with individuals and groups interested
in maintenance of law and order.
Ability to see that members of the force treat citizens and others
with uniform courtesy/consideration and provide them with proper
information and police services.
Ability to provide subordinates with direction/assistance necessary
to ensure orderly handling of traffic.
Ability to supervise the investigation and disposition of complaints.
Ability to direct police activities necessary in keeping good order
at places where people assemble in large numbers.
Ability to see that children are provided with assistance and
protection they need.
Ability to take and maintain a firm/correct stands when controversies
and difference of opinion arise.
Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of clear, sound,
accurate and informative reports containing findings, conclusions
Ability to direct the establishment and maintenance of police
records and files.
Ability to plan, organize, and conceptualize work.
Ability to present proposed organizational changes and suggest
alternative methods of achieving agency goals and objectives.
Ability to prepare/draw up budgets.
Ability to review/evaluate general fiscal information, relating it to
a specific situation.
Ability to relate resources to needs.
Ability to analyze actual output in relation to expected output.
Ability to convey information and to make a program presentation
to a group.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording
and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English
sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American Sign Language
or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made
because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons
may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.