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Police Chief

Location: Davidson, NC


Davidson Police Department


March 3, 2017 by 11:59 pm

Job Description / Responsibilities

Performs difficult management, administrative, and specialized law enforcement work in directing the activities of the Police Department.

Distinguishing Features of the Class
An employee in this class plans, organizes, and directs the law enforcement program of the Town. Work involves responsibility for the protection of life and property through a varied program of enforcement, detection and prevention of crime and accidents, and planning and directing emergency response activities. Work also involves a full managerial and supervisory role including the establishment of policy, to include maintaining full accreditation status with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, evaluation and adherence to prescribed standards, planning for and implementing special enforcement activities, preparing special state, federal and local reports, analyzing crime and accident trends, cooperating with other law enforcement and local agencies, budget preparation and management and supervision of all department personnel. Work is performed in accordance with departmental policy and state and federal law. The employee may be subject to hazards in law enforcement work including working in both inside and outside environments, in extreme hot and cold weather, and exposure to various hazards such as dangerous persons, loud noises, and hazardous spills with fumes, oils, gases or flammable liquids. Work in the law enforcement duties is also subject to the final standards of OSHA on blood-borne pathogens. Work is performed under the general supervision and is evaluated through review of reports and conference for effectiveness of programs and acceptance of the community.

The police chief organizes and directs the department employing a community oriented policing model to deliver police services. Engagement and relationship building with staff, the town board and citizens, and problem solving are hallmarks of the work of the chief. The chief will recruit, train, equip and organize staff to employ this philosophy of policing, as well as personally model community engagement and relationship building.

Duties and Responsibilities
Essential duties and tasks:

  • Models a problem solving collaborative approach to policing.
  • Promotes a community policing model in the department’s operations and culture.
  • Recruits, selects and oversees the training of civilian and sworn personnel for the department; advises, directs, and consults with subordinate officers on matters of training, work assignments and scheduling, work performance, promotions, and discipline.
  • Meets with staff on a regular basis to clarify mission and objectives, build a sense of team within the department, insures that all are informed and provides input on decisions and issues that affect departmental staff; participates as part of the Town Management Team; participates in creating mission, vision and goals; coordinates the work of the department with other Town departments.
  • Prepares and recommends annual operating and capital budget; supervises and participates in the application for grants; administers budget and purchasing for the department.
  • Receives and investigates inquiries or complaints from the public concerning police activities and services.
  • Supervises all departmental personnel; establishes policy; sets priorities; evaluates the department and its personnel and makes operational changes as necessary to maintain a modern and effective department.
  • Supervises the preparation of periodic reports of crime and accident activity and police department activities in relationship to this information; analyses data for trends.
  • Works with the public on difficult or unusual crime situations; cooperates with other law enforcement agencies in crime prevention, detection, and investigative activities.
  • Promotes the department's work and goals to the general public through individual contact and addresses to civic groups, school groups, and other organizations.
  • Develops emergency response plans and oversees their implementation during emergency situations including emergency storm evacuation; oversees lake patrol, rescue policies and training.
  • Supervises routine patrol, emergency response, criminal investigations, and records management programs within the department.

Additional job duties:

  • Performs other related duties as required.


Knowledges, Skills and Abilities

  • Thorough knowledge of law enforcement principles, practices, methods and equipment.
  • Thorough knowledge of community policing and problem solving strategies and methods.
  • Demonstrated skills in community engagement, relationship building and collaboration.
  • Thorough knowledge of state and federal laws, local ordinances and policies of the police department.
  • Thorough knowledge of the CALEA® accreditation process.
  • Thorough knowledge of the physical, economic, and social characteristics of the Town.
  • Thorough knowledge of modern and effective management principles and practices including motivations, communications, leadership, conflict resolution, performance coaching and evaluation.
  • Thorough knowledge of Town personnel, purchasing, and budgeting policies and procedures
  • Considerable knowledge of the application of information technology to further the work of the department.
  • Skill in the use of firearms and other police equipment and in the application of self-defense tactics.
  • Skill in collaborative conflict management.
  • Ability to provide vision and clarify mission and to lead and inspire confidence among subordinate officers; skill in team building, counseling, coaching, motivation, communication, and performance evaluation with subordinates.
  • Ability to act with sound judgment in routine and emergency situations and to inspire the confidence of staff and the public under the pressure of emergency conditions.
  • Ability to plan and direct special programs and events related to law enforcement.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise activity reports.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective public relations with the citizens, Town officials, other departments, and other Town staff.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of standing, walking, hearing, kneeling, reaching, feeling, grasping, pushing, pulling, bending, climbing, crawling and performing repetitive motions.
  • Must be able to perform medium work exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally; 20 pounds frequently; and 10 pounds constantly.
  • Must possess the visual acuity to operate a police vehicle and distinguish details and differences when observing people, places, or things on patrol.

Desirable Education and Experience

  • Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor of Art or Science degree in criminal justice, business and/or public administration, or other relevant course work that is supplemented by basic and advanced courses in police science, management, and administration; and considerable responsible law enforcement management experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A Master’s Degree is preferred.

Special Requirement
Employees must possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license and have completed the minimum requirements established by the North Carolina Justice Training and Standards Council for certified law enforcement officers. Out of state candidates, currently sworn, have one (1) year from the date of hire to become certified in the state of North Carolina.

How to Apply

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