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Job Specification

DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF

DEFINITION

Assists the police chief in management and discipline of a 
county or municipal police department; does other related duties.

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

May assist in the analyses of county or municipal police problems 
and helps formulate police rules/regulations.

May assist in planning county or municipal police work so as to make 
the best use of available funds, personnel, equipment, and supplies.

Gives assignments/instructions to subordinate members of the police 
department, provides them with needed advice/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.

Sees that communication facilities are properly used.

Takes the lead in establishing/maintaining helpful, cooperative 
relations with civic, recreation, and business organizations, 
school/court officers, recreation and other groups, police authorities 
in other jurisdictions, and others interested in maintenance of law 
and order.

Provides police protection/assistance to 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 business properties.

Makes provision for police assistance at the time and places 
where traffic is heavy.

Directs detection/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 police records 
and files.

Acts as the police chief in his/her absence.

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.

REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION:

Graduation from High School, Vocational High School, or 
possession of an approved high school equivalency certificate.

EXPERIENCE:

Four (4) years of supervisory police experience providing assistance 
and protection of persons, safeguarding of property, observance of 
the law, and apprehension of lawbreakers.

AGE:

Minimum of eighteen (18) years of age.

LICENSE:

Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid 
in New Jersey.

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

NOTE:  Appointees to this position must successfully 
qualify semi-annually in the use of firearms.

CITIZENSHIP:

Appointee must be a citizen of the United States.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION:

After conditional appointment, appointees will be required to pass 
a thorough medical/psychiatric examination to be administered by 
the appointing authority. Any psychological, medical, 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 police department.

Knowledge of methods used in providing citizens and others 
with proper police information, service, and protection.

Knowledge of devices used in getting people individually and 
in groups to conform to legal and social requirements.

Knowledge of 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 when needed.

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.

Ability to analyze/interpret laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, 
standards, and procedures and to apply them to specific 
situations/cases.

Ability to organize 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 members of the police 
department, provide them with needed advice/assistance when 
difficult/unusual problems arise, and check 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.

Ability to assist the chief in establishing/maintaining helpful, 
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 police officers direction/assistance necessary 
to ensure orderly handling of traffic.

Ability to supervise activities necessary in keeping good order 
at places where people assemble in large numbers.

Ability to see that children are provided with assistance/protection
they need.

Ability to take and maintain a firm/correct stand when controversies 
and differences of opinion arise.

Ability to prepare and supervise preparation of clear, sound, 
accurate, and informative reports.

Ability to direct establishment and maintenance of police records 
and files.

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:
Job
Spec
Code
VariantState,
Local or
Common
Class of
Service
Work
Week
State
Class
Code
Local
Class
Code
Salary
Range
Note
01517LC N/A08-

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.

9/22/2012