Chief of Police

Little Rock, AR
Little Rock Police Department

$150,000.00 – $175,000.00 Annually

Job Objective & Safety/Security Sensitive Designation
To plan and direct the operations of the Police Department to ensure effective enforcement of laws and ordinances.


  1. Oversees all functions of the Police Department, and ensures compliance with laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
  2. Researches information to keep informed of changes in laws and regulations and court decisions which affect Police Department operations; ensures Departmental policies and procedures are modified or created to respond to legal requirements; responds to and resolves issues, inquiries, and complaints.
  3. Approves the development and implementation of Departmental General Orders, Rules and Regulations, Divisional Operating Procedures, and Civilian Code of Conduct.
  4. Meets with community organizations, business owners, etc. to determine the law enforcement needs of the community; emphasizes community-oriented policing and develops long-range plans for the future operations of the Department and establishes priorities for the enforcement of laws and ordinances.
  5. Oversees the development and administration of the Departmental budget; directs the forecast of additional funds needed to ensure adequate staffing levels, equipment, materials, and supplies; monitors and approves expenditures; directs the preparation and implementation of budget adjustments as necessary.
  6. Attends Board of Director Meetings to provide information and answer questions relating to Departmental operations; reviews and approves recommendations from division commanders and the Assistant Police Chiefs for new programs and equipment and submits comprehensive proposals following Mayor approval.
  7. Reviews and monitors status reports received from the Assistant Police Chiefs and division commanders relating to the Departmental daily operations to become aware of any areas of concern.
  8. Prepares various detailed narrative and statistical reports for review by the Mayor regarding Police Department activities, operations and programs.
  9. Develops standards and criteria for evaluating the performance of Police Department personnel and programs.
  10. Testifies in court regarding Departmental operations, policies and procedures; appears before the Civil Service Commission to present information regarding policies, procedures, operations, disciplinary and personnel actions.

Minimum Qualifications and Additional Requirements
These knowledge, skills, and abilities are usually, although not always, acquired through completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Police Science, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related area, ten (10) years of progressively responsible law enforcement experience to include a minimum of five (5) years in a managerial and administrative capacity in a law enforcement agency; five (5) years of experience supervising managerial and professional-level employees. Preference will be given to applicants who have served as an Assistant Police Chief, Deputy Police Chief or Police Chief. Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.


  • Must possess a valid Arkansas Class D (Non-Commercial Vehicle) Driver’s License before employment and maintain licensure for the duration of employment in this position.
  • Must be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays to attend meetings or critical events and activities as needed.
  • Must be a resident of the City of Little Rock within ninety (90) days of employment; must maintain residency for the duration of employment in this position.
  • Must meet any other requirements established by the Little Rock Civil Service Commission and the State Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training and maintain for the duration of employment in this position.