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Original Author: MTAS
Date of Material: 09/26/2002


Assistant Chief of Police (3)

Reviewed Date: 05/12/2021
Job description for the position of Assistant Chief of Police.



This employee is responsible for the protection of life and property of the citizens of the city. The employee is under the direct supervision 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, radio and 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.
Patrols, by foot or motor vehicle, the streets of the city, places of business, and residential districts enforcing city ordinances or state and federal laws.
Investigates suspected crimes, reports findings, and arrests suspected individuals.
Investigates accidents involving persons or property, reports probable cause of accidents, and pursues appropriate course of action.
Answers dispatched calls.


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 coordinating and/or performing formal and in-service training programs for departmental personnel.
May provide emergency first aid.
Keeps records and prepares reports.
Testifies in court and legal proceedings.
Provides animal control services.
Attends civic clubs, schools and other community organizations to explain and promote the activities and functions of the police department and to establish favorable public relations.
Performs related work as required.


Knowledge of the principles and practices of modern police organization, operations, and administration.
Knowledge of the practices, methods and equipment used in crime investigations and the identification and preservation of physical evidence.
The use of police records and their application to police administration and solution of police problems.
Knowledge of modern supervisory practices and procedures.
The geographic area of the City.
City ordinances, state and federal laws.
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.
Prepare and effectively present oral and written information relating to the activities of the department.
React quickly and calmly in emergency situations and to determine the proper course of action.
Explain and interpret pertinent provisions of laws, ordinances and regulations.


Must possess a valid Tennessee driver's license.
Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:
Graduation from high school, preferably graduation from an accredited college or university.
Completion of basic police training courses and at least 3 years experience in police work, some of which must have been in a responsible administrative and/or supervisory capacity.
Must meet the Minimum Standards POST Law (TCA 38-112-106).