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Sep 26, 2002


Assistant Chief of Police (1)

Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.

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This position is under the direct supervision of the Chief of Police. The employee is responsible for assisting the Chief of Police in planning, organizing and directing of all activities of the Police Department. The employee becomes Chief in absence of the Chief of Police. The employee is expected to perform his or her duties according to state laws, city ordinances and the policies and procedures of the police department. Instructions to the employee are somewhat general, but many aspects of the work follow standardized guidelines. However, the employee may be required to use independent judgement in order to complete tasks.


The employee will operate a variety of equipment including firearms, stun guns, transcribing equipment, computer, 10 key calculator, cameras, tv/vcr and other audio and video equipment, radio and E911 communications equipment, police vehicles, radar, and fingerprinting and emergency equipment.
The demands of this position can be stressful both mentally and physically. The employee may be required to run, jump, bend, climb, crawl, squat, lift and carry heavy objects.
The employee will work both indoors and outdoors with the possibility of being exposed to adverse weather conditions and hazardous or extremely dangerous situations.


Serves as Chief of Police in the absence of the Chief.
Supervises patrols of all zones of the city, places of business, and residential districts to ensure efficient and effective enforcement of city ordinances, state and federal laws.
Monitors investigations of suspected crimes, report findings, and arrests of suspected individuals in order to spot trends and to provide input to subordinates for more efficient operations.
Monitors investigations of accidents involving persons or property, documentation and reports of probable cause of accidents, and courses of action taken by subordinates to spot trends and provide input to subordinates for more efficient operations.
Notifies and gives status reports to the Chief of Police and the Commissioner of Fire and Police of serious instances.
Organizes, coordinates and documents all POST training, maintains personnel files for the department and handles other general paperwork regarding training, uniforms, billings, etc.
Establishes good working relationships with other employees, other departments, other public safety agencies, the City Commission and the public.
Maintains attendance records to assure proper scheduling for three shifts per day and proper payroll disbursements.
Accepts, secures, maintains and accounts for contraband and evidence confiscated by department personnel, maintains a computer record and assures protection of the chain of custody.
Receives and returns calls from the general public, other departments, other personnel regarding requests for information or services.
Advises shift supervisors and other officers of trouble spots, potentially dangerous situations or unusual trends that could develop or that need monitoring.
Reviews the status of vehicles, equipment and building; assigns monitoring and maintenance duties to other personnel and notifies the Chief as to any associated problems.
Communicates on a daily basis with the Chief, Major and other officers to assure efficient and effective operations.


Responds to dispatched calls as required.
Assists the Chief of Police in formulating and prescribing the work methods, policies and procedures to be followed by the department.
Cooperates with individuals from the county, state, federal, and other jurisdictions, in order to achieve common goals.
Assists the Chief of Police in administration of the department.
Assists the Chief of Police in performing formal and in-service training programs for departmental personnel.
Monitors the Law Enforcement Training Network and tapes training related programs for use by other department personnel.
Performs related work as required.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police organization, operations, supervision and administration.
Knowledge of the practices, methods and equipment used in crime investigations and the identification and preservation of physical evidence.
Knowledge of the use and computerization of police records and their application to police administration and solution of police problems.
Knowledge of firearms, batons, stun guns and other defensive equipment and measures to provide personal safety and safety to others.
Knowledge of modern supervisory practices and procedures.
Knowledge of the geographic area of the City.
Knowledge of City ordinances, state and federal laws, and supreme court rulings that affect law enforcement.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other city officials, county, state and federal authorities, civic leaders and the public. Public contact is frequent.
Ability to operate all law enforcement equipment required in the performance of required duties.
Ability to qualify for use of firearms and other defensive equipment.
Ability to maintain a high level of discipline and morale.
Ability to prepare and effectively present oral and written information relating to the activities of the department.
Ability to design, coordinate and implement training programs.
Ability to tolerate high levels of stress an to react quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine the proper course of action.
Ability to explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances and regulations.


Graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent, preferably graduation from a college or university with major course experience in police administration or related field.
Must possess a valid Tennessee driver's license.
Must have three (3) years experience in law enforcement administration and/or supervision.
Must not have been convicted of a felony or a serious misdemeanor involving Moral Turpitude as the term is defined by law, and not to have been released or discharged under any other than Honorable conditions from any of the Armed Forces of the U.S.
Must pass a medical examination by licensed physician.
Must be free of all apparent mental disorders as described in the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Third Edition (DSM-11) of the American Psychiatric Association and must be certified as meeting the criteria by a qualified professional in Psychiatric and Psychological fields.
Must be POST approved with a satisfactory score in all fields, including firearms qualifications, physical education, and defensive technique.

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