POLICE CHIEF (TOWNS & VILLAGES) 5030
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class works under the general direction of a town or village board. The incumbent is responsible for the planning and directing of law enforcement activities, and all police functions in a town or village. Responsibility is included for the thorough training of recruits, and the maintenance of standards throughout the department. Supervision is exercised over a staff of police officers, police sergeants, police lieutenants and civilian employees. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Directs the operations, procedures and policies of the Police Department;
Organizes force into units to handle different kinds of work, and issues working orders for the department;
Maintains the discipline and morale of the department;
Directs the preparation of written reports; reviews reports of officers;
Coordinates the police function with other enforcement agencies such as Suffolk County Police Department, New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation;
Directs the investigation of major criminal offenses;
Insures that recruits and regular officers receive adequate training in police methods and procedures;
Recommends the purchase of necessary supplies and equipment;
Delivers talks on safety and other law enforcement problems;
Keeps current and informs the department of new developments in police work by reading, conferring and attending meetings.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Comprehensive knowledge of police administration and police methods; comprehensive knowledge of controlling laws and ordinances; good knowledge of scientific methods of criminal detection and criminal identification; ability to lead and direct the activities of police officers, police sergeants, police lieutenants and civilian employees; ability to interpret the work of the police department, and to maintain cooperative relationships with other town officials and the general public; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
PROMOTIONAL & OPEN-COMPETITIVE:
Four (4) years of permanent competitive status as a Police Officer, or Police Officer (Spanish Speaking); or,
Three (3) years of permanent competitive status as Sergeant (Police:Towns & Villages); or,
Two (2) years of permanent competitive status as a Lieutenant, (Police:Towns & Villages); or,
Six (6) months of permanent competitive status as a Captain (Police: Towns & Villages).
NOTE: Promotional and Open-Competitive eligibility will vary by jurisdiction. See examination announcement for current qualifications.