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Job Specification



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.


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 
business properties.

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 how 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 
New Jersey.


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 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 
expenditure procedures.

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 position when controversies
and difference of opinion arise.

Ability to prepare and supervise the preparation of clear, sound, 
accurate and informative reports containing findings, conclusions 
and recommendations.

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 if 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:
Local or
Class of
01417LC N/A34-

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.